The Mercury Milan is a four-door, five-passenger sport sedan. The Mercury Milan is manufactured in Hermosillo, Mexico alongside the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. The 2009 Mercury Milan is a midsize sedan with features and performance above other cars in the same family sedan category. Aimed at younger buyers, the Milan offers an affordable price (starting at $19,885) and a design that is stylish, sporty and sensible both inside and out. Sharing drivetrain specifications, safety technology and architecture with the Ford Fusion, the Milan outshines the Fusion when it comes to appearance and standard features.

The Mercury Milan does a great job of being both sensible and sophisticated while having a sporty and stylish side. The layout of the interior is well-planned, the seats are comfortable and supportive and the back seat is roomy enough for adults. The sporty handling puts the Milan above most others in its class.

A roomy back seat spacious enough for adults, comfortable front seats available in two-tone leather and tasteful satin-aluminum accents puts the interior of the 2009 Mercury Milan above the fold of other sedans in its class.

Trim Levels

Two trim levels are available for the Milan. The base model comes standard with MP3 compatible CD stereo, six-way power driver seat, air-conditioning, split-folding rear seat, cruise control, keyless entry, power accessories and 16 inch wheels.

The Milan Premier trim level offers the features of the base model with the addition of a CD changer, leather seating and 17 inch wheels. Other options for the car include the Sync multimedia integration system being offered on many Ford vehicles, upgraded stereo system, navigation system, sunroof and a comfort package that adds even more convenience features.

Special options include Advance Trac electronic stability control, Intelligent all wheel drive system, voice-activated DVD-based navigation system and hands-free controls for the SYNC communication and entertainment system.

Power and Performance

The most popular option is front-wheel-drive, but the Milan is available in an all-wheel-drive.

The Mercury Milan comes standard with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine pushing out 160 hp. This engine comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission, but a five-speed automatic is available as an option. The Milan is also available in a 3.0 liter V6 with 221 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with this engine. For most drivers, the four-cylinder feels weak while the V6 brings more power to the pedal and is more adequate and responsive for daily driving needs.

Not the best gas mileage but still average for the class, the Mercury Milan gets an average of 20 mpg city and 28mpg highway.

Safety

Standard safety features include antilock brakes, full-length curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags for a total of six standard airbags. A five-star crash rating was given to the Mercury Milan by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for frontal, driver’s side and passenger’s side impacts.**** The Intelligent AWD feature comes standard on both the V6 AWD and V6 Premier AWD models. This first-in-class (for midsize sedans) feature provides fully-automatic traction when it detects wheel-slip from any wheel.

The Milan also comes with a tire pressure monitoring system that displays a warning light when recommended tire pressure is too low.