Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2009 Mercury Milan Overview
As part of the brand's revival plan, Mercury has aimed the 2009 Milan squarely at customers who place a premium on upscale styling both inside and out. Sharing its engines and chassis with the Ford Fusion (and thus with the last generation Mazda MAZDA6), the Milan wades into the lucrative midsize family sedan market with a sense of individual style and available all-wheel-drive capabilities not offered on the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Offered with a choice of a fuel-efficient four-cylinder or powerful V6 engine, the Milan features enough diversity to satisfy all but the most hardcore driving enthusiast. With prices starting around $21,000, the affordable Milan should appeal to fashion-conscious buyers who want to look good but don't want to spend a fortune doing so.
If you like a roomy sedan that does just about everything well, the 2009 Mercury Milan is a sensible choice. Upscale amenities and premium interior touches help give it a distinct identity from its Ford Fusion cousin.
If you're looking for a sizeable rear seat capable of comfortably fitting three persons, the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata or larger Mercury Sable make better choices. Those who desire both V6 power and the ability to shift their own gears with a manual transmission should look to the Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.
In an attempt to further distance the Milan from its Ford Fusion twin, Mercury is again offering its upscale VOGA series. VOGA models include cashmere colored leather seats and door trim, special exterior colors and unique trim. Also new for 2009 is the availability of AdvanceTrac electronic stability control on all trims.
Overall, the 2009 Mercury Milan feels a tad more refined and luxurious than Ford's Fusion. Although the ride is generally good, occasional hard bumps can produce harsher reactions than expected. Easy to drive, the Milan doesn't lean much in curves and stays on course, but more enthusiastic drivers might prefer it to be more precise. Except for slight road noise on some surfaces, plus some engine noise during hard acceleration, the V6 Milan is impressively quiet. After moderate delay on initial acceleration, the Milan is eager to pass or merge, delivering ample energy in a steady flow. The automatic transmission is generally well-behaved, but low-speed operation can produce occasional uncertain jolts.
Premium touches are the main reason to buy a Milan rather than a Fusion, and two-tone upholstery helps give this sedan a stylish, additional inducement.
Dashboard Covered Tray
The Milan isn't alone in having a covered tray atop the dashboard center. Still, it's a handy extra space for small items.
The use of satin aluminum finishes and high-quality materials is meant to extend the appeal of the Milan's body into its five-passenger cockpit. Roomy and open-feeling up front, the Milan offers plenty of head and elbow space for the driver and front passenger. Seats aren't especially firm, providing modest bolstering and support. Rear-seat knee, toe and head space are ample at each side, but the center spot is a somewhat hard perch with scant headroom. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. The extended back doors make entry easier for taller passengers.
Mercury says the Milan's design was inspired by large, modern cities. Signature styling cues start with the satin-finished aluminum "waterfall" grille, which has been a Mercury hallmark in recent years. This helps set the Milan apart from the Ford Fusion, which shares the same profile and structure. Built on a comparatively long (107.4-inch) wheelbase, the four-door sedan has a clean, modestly-adorned overall appearance, brandishing gentle curves as well as body lines that could be called "chiseled." Headlamps wrap up and over the sharply-creased front fenders. A bright chrome beltline accents each body side, and LED taillights promise quicker illumination.
The 2009 Mercury Milan comes nicely equipped and includes front-seat side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with redundant audio controls, remote keyless keypad entry, air conditioning, speed control, a Securilock passive anti-theft system, power heated mirrors, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and power windows and locks. The standard six-speaker stereo plays MP3-encoded CDs and features an auxiliary input jack. The Premier V6 model adds the SYNC communications and entertainment system, fog lights, electronic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, adjustable ambient lighting, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls, six-disc CD changer and leather seating surfaces.
Options include all-wheel drive (V6 only), the SYNC communication and entertainment system (base), DVD navigation, VOGA package (Premier only), a two-tone interior, a power moonroof, heated front seats, an active perimeter alarm, remote start, rear parking sensors, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control and puddle lamps.
Like the Ford Fusion, Mercury's Milan has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, and each engine is available in either the base model or the Premier edition. A five-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic mates with the four-cylinder engine, while the V6 comes only with a six-speed automatic.
2.3-liter in-line 4
160 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
156 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 (manual), 20/28 (automatic)
221 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
205 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (2WD), 17/25 (AWD)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2009 Mercury Milan with the four-cylinder engine and manual transmission starts around $21,000 for the base model and $24,000 for the Premier. The Milan V6 starts closer to $25,500, while a loaded all-wheel-drive V6 Premier tops out around $32,500. A look at the New Car Blue Book Value shows the typical transaction price being paid for the Milan in your area, so be sure to check it out before you begin negotiations. Prices of some competitive mid-size sedans – Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima – start slightly below the Milan, but top-end versions cost considerably more. Import-brand midsize sedans typically have stronger resale values, but newly-designed Ford passenger cars appear to be holding their value better than they had previously. Still, the imports remain ahead in resale.