The 2008 Mercury Milan is definitely an eye-catching car design. It has a similar design to that of the Ford Fusion but there are features that differentiate it on the inside. However, it has a lot of weaknesses hidden behind that design: cheap interior plastics, a lack of stability control, and an underpowered engine that leaves the driver a bit underwhelmed. Its saving grace is a big interior, great handling, and decent ride, which make this a practical car.
Body Styles: four-door midsize sedan
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Milan Base, Mercury Milan Premier
The 2008 Mercury Milan receives keyless entry as a standard feature. There are other new standard features as well, including a rear parking assist sensor, a ""sync"" multimedia system that allows easy connection to MP3 players, cell phones, and other electronic devices, and an upgraded interior ambient lighting. The ambient lighting and sync system were introduced late in the 2008 model year.
The 2008 Mercury Milan is a four-door sedan that has a sleek, streamlined profile. The Mercury Milan comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with 17-inch alloy wheels as an option. Features on the base model include most standard features that shoppers would find on a typical sedan including power mirrors, heated mirrors, and full wheel covers. The Premier edition adds automatic headlights.
The interior of the Mercury Milan is very stylish. A two-tone color scheme permeates the interior styling. Satin metallic standards are also included throughout as a standard feature, while faux mahogany wood grain trim is available as an option. Most of the cabin is set out in a logical manner, but the controls are in a place where the design falters. Controls are closely bunched together and are fairly tiny, making them hard to use if drivers have big hands. The stereo faceplate is also unattractive and outdated, but space inside the cabin is fairly cozy. There is plenty of room for the entire family with good legroom and shoulder room, even in the backseat. The trunk is also large, measuring 15.8 cubic feet of space when the split 60/40 backseat is folded down.
The Mercury ""sync"" function is extremely nice, somewhat making up for the fiddly nature of the other controls. This function allows drivers to sync their electronic devices to the car’s system. It is fairly easy to use as well. Standard features on the base model include air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 player with audio jacks, cruise control, power accessories, keyless entry, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, and a 60/40 split back passenger seat. The Premier model has automatic climate control, leather interior, steering wheel mounted controls, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Performance & Handling
The standard Mercury Milan comes with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower. The engine meets partial zero emission standards for California. The 2.3-liter is wed with either a five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission. A 3.0-liter V-6 engine is offered on the Base or Premier trim lines. This 3.0-liter engine produces 221 horsepower using a six-speed transmission.
The Mercury Milan has a pretty nice ride. The suspension is well tuned, and the handling feels great. Making fast turns is a breeze and changing speed and direction feels confident. The engine is a disappointment, and the V-6 engine feels a bit underpowered. It is also a whiny engine, producing a lot of noise at high rpm. The six-speed automatic has a hard time shifting and sometimes drivers can hear a grind, which doesn’t bode well for transmission longevity.
The Mercury Milan comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The V-6 also gets traction control as a standard feature, but none of the models have stability control, which puts this vehicle at risk. The NHTSA gave the Mercury Milan four out of five stars for front impact for the driver and the front passenger. Side impacts received five stars for front driver and passenger and four stars for passengers in the back.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Milan: 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Big interior
- Great athletic handling
- Buttery ride
- All-wheel drive optional
- Cheap price
You Won't Like
- Engine power is a bit disappointing compared to the competition
- Stability control not offered
- Interior plastics
Spacious interior and great handling despite its issues .
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