Overview & Reviews
As the corporate twin to Ford's Fusion, the Mercury Milan shared much of that sedan's architecture, drivetrain specification and safety technology. Thanks to this mechanical heritage, the Milan provided nimble handling and adequate interior space for five adult passengers. The main difference between the two cars was that the Milan was more upscale in appearance and typically came with more standard features.
While the Milan may not be the first car that comes to mind when you think of family sedans, it's still a respectable choice for a used family sedan. In fact, its sporty handling put it a notch above the dynamic norm. The Milan also featured a sensible interior layout, and its price tended to be lower than those of traditional class leaders. As an alternative to other mainstream models, the Mercury Milan -- particularly in its later years -- is worth a look.
Most Recent Mercury Milan
The Mercury Milan debuted for the 2006 model year. Production ended with the demise of the Mercury brand for 2011. Originally, the Milan was motivated by either a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 160 horsepower or a 221-hp 3.0-liter V6. Four-cylinder models were paired with a five-speed manual transmission with an option for a five-speed automatic, while the V6 models came only with a six-speed automatic. For the final two years, the Milan gained a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 175 horsepower or a 240-hp, 3.0-liter V6. A six-speed manual was standard for the four-cylinder, with a six-speed auto being optional. The V6 again had the six-speed auto. Most Milans you'll encounter will be front-wheel drive, though Mercury did offer all-wheel-drive versions of the V6 for every year except '06.
There were two trim levels: base and Premier. The base model rode on 16-inch wheels and included items like air-conditioning, an MP3-compatible CD stereo, a six-way power driver seat, a split-folding rear seat, cruise control, full power accessories and keyless entry. Antilock brakes, front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags were also standard for every year starting in 2007. Stability control, however, wasn't available for the Milan until 2009. The Premier's main draws were its 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control. Major optional features included a sunroof, an upgraded audio system, a navigation system and a 12-speaker Sony sound system.
For 2010, there were major changes that significantly altered the perception of the Milan. Although the original cabin was nicely constructed, it was rather plain-looking and its controls were antiquated -- both in appearance and usability. The standard stereo unit in particular wasn't the best fit for the Sync voice-control system that debuted for '08. The 2010 Milan update also included freshened styling, revised suspension and steering tuning and the more powerful engines. If your budget allows for it, we certainly recommend trying to get a 2010 or '11 Milan.
On the road, four-cylinder models provided adequate power while the V6 offered much-improved acceleration, though the V6 was still down on power when pitted against the competition. Stomping the throttle for more power resulted in a rattly and raucous racket with either engine choice. The steering was also pretty numb, though overall the Milan handled pretty well for a family sedan. Build quality was also generally solid. Up front, the seats were well-shaped and supportive, and all but the tallest adults should be content riding in the Milan's spacious backseat.
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An excellent car - 2007 Mercury Milan
By WarrenM - December 29 - 3:16 pm
I have owned this car for 1 year now. No problems at all. It handles well, is very quiet and comfortable and gets great gas mileage. Had not intended to buy a Mercury but I am very happy I did. It has been a pleasure to own this car in comparison to the troublesome and expensive to own and maintain Volkswagen Passat that it replaced.
Nice Combination of Class & Performance - 2006 Mercury Milan
By souvicity - December 12 - 3:33 pm
The size is just right for 4 comfortably, 5 if necessary. Features are as plentiful as my previous Lincoln with the ride quality being different than the Continental; tighter ride but less plush. Great acceleration when needed, decent mileage around town. Carries an 8' ladder in the trunk by lowering the back seat. A very convenient feature. Although looks are very subjective, it receives many compliments.
Very comfortable - 2006 Mercury Milan
By Carolyn - December 10 - 11:13 pm
I am very pleased so far with the vehicle. It is made well and drives nice. It is stylish with plenty of interior room. Elegant look inside and out.
Classy & Comfortable - 2007 Mercury Milan
By Sherry - December 5 - 10:43 am
I purchased my vehicle 2 weeks ago and I have to say, this is indeed the best car I've ever bought! Very Classy, sophisticated, and reliable. I could take a long road trip in this vehicle and be comfortable the entire time. Plenty of power, everything is easily accessible, steering wheel mounted controls are a must! The only thing I would request in future vehicles is the outside temperature reading. Other than that, this car is outstanding!
Great Car - 2007 Mercury Milan
By Wes - December 3 - 7:40 am
This car is a great looking fun car to drive. I went from a supercharged Mustang GT, and unfortunately had to get rid of due to purchasing a house. I am very happy with this car, sound system is awesome, looks different than anything on the road, and is very comfortable to drive.
Three Month Report Card - 2007 Mercury Milan
By gwert - November 29 - 2:53 am
Overall I love it but there are a few quirks: Tires:The Premier tires will cost over $1K to replace (more than my first car). Steering Wheel: I haven't been able to really get comfortable with this one, I think the armrests are too low, which is odd for a telescoping s.w. 2007 model does not have universal garage door. The fuel guage is too small. The parcel shelf is too high, making the rear window too narrow. I would have sacrificed some room in the trunk to increase visibility. The satellite radio text does not scroll, which means you have to constantly push the button to check artist/song. Floor mats seem paper thin. No Glove box or key lights
My Third Milan - 2010 Mercury Milan
By meinschaft - November 13 - 7:26 pm
This is my third Milan, having previously leased a 2006 and 2008 version. It put 100,000 absolutely trouble-free miles on the first two. The only service they needed were regular oil changes and tire rotations. My 2010 is FWD (NOT AWD) and benefits from the extra 20 HP and the selectable transmission. I was very happy with the previous models but the 2010 has numerous improvements and refinements - quite impressed that Ford is doing this instead of their former practice of making it cheaper (i.e., deleting content) every year. These are great cars - the Milan? Fusion - and I can recommend them w/o reservation.
2008 Mewrcury Milan V-6 - 2008 Mercury Milan
By Allen Joyner - October 15 - 3:13 pm
Great car. We like it better than my wife's 2007 Toyota Camry. Handles well, spirited acceleration yet decent gas mileage considering. The new 6 speed automatic transmission a real plus.
06' Premier- loaded - 2006 Mercury Milan
By jsp - September 26 - 5:03 pm
Great car overall. 500 miles and it is quiet, responsive and good looking. Would like to see more HP. Did 80+ with no problem. Heated, leather seats were great. driver seat could be softer like my ex-camry. Very sporty looking, lots of looks from friends. This is a must consider car. Ford is finally getting it!
Finally...a car done right - 2006 Mercury Milan
By CJ - September 25 - 1:50 am
We purchased a 2006 Milan Premier after considering the typical Honda and Toyota models. Milan is a standout for the money. The styling is fresh and the interior is first rate. Leather seating is very comfortable, and room is amazing against typical cars in this class. Milan is a fun to drive car, with controlled handling over a number of road conditions. It just seems sure footed. Point it and it follows. The Audiophile sound system renders CD's well, and delivers better sound than most OEM systems. I wish, however, Ford/Mercury would again revert to the JBL or Harman sound systems. It's nice to have a label attached to a premium system. We love this car.