During the demise of the Mercury brand, Ford announced it would end production of the 2011 Mercury Milan at the end of the year.
The 2011 Mercury Milan still has great attributes to offer buyers looking for a stylish four-door midsize sedan. It looks like nearly an identical twin of the Ford Fusion, although it has been given an extensive makeover from previous models to include more fuel-efficient and powerful engines, updated passenger cabins, and a new, stylish interior.
Numerous improvements make it worthy and highly competitive within the midsize sedans category. The windshield wipers have a rain-sensing ability and the voice-activated Sync system gives you directions, traffic reports, business information, daily horoscopes, and news headlines. It also sports the new wide-angle outside spotter mirrors and a rear spoiler as an option.
With only a few minor flaws of unrefined sound during heavy acceleration and a slight disconnected feel of the power steering, the 2011 Mercury Milan stacks up well next to other top sedans.
Body Styles: midsize sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter inline-four, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Milan Base, Mercury Milan Premier
The 2011 Mercury Milan adds several features for its final year, including spotter mirrors, HD radio, rain-sensing wipers, and power front windows with a one-touch function. A new optional Appearance package includes a rear spoiler, sport-tuned suspension, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The six-disc CD changer gets replaced by a single-CD player, and the front passenger seat no longer folds flat.
The Milan’s classy exterior has many features and options with both models. The base model uses 16-inch alloy wheels, whereas the Premier model comes with 17-inch alloys and fog lamps. Keyless entry comes with an option of either the external security keypad or key fob.
Both of the base and Premier models have the option of adding a Sun & Sync package, which adds an auto-dimming mirror, a sunroof, iPod integration, and three years of free service for traffic, directions, and information. The Appearance package has quite a bit to offer with a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, and unique exterior trim.
The Milan's passenger cabin stands out to buyers for its overall attractive look and the classy appearance of its soft-touch materials. It has a roomy interior that comfortably seats four adults. The cargo capacity seems relatively large in the back as it offers approximately 16.5 cubic feet of storage with the split-folding 60/40 rear seat.
The base model comes standard with auxiliary controls on the leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, satellite radio, cruise control, a six-speaker stereo with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, and a power driver’s seat. The Premier has automatic dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Sync, and unique interior trim.
The dash layout seems to have many buttons, but everything works intuitively while driving. Another benefit concerns the ability to use cell phones or MP3 players through the Sync system without having to fumble around with the items while driving.
Optional packages add to the interior value. Moon & Tune adds a Sony 12-speaker surround-sound system and a sunroof. A Driver’s package can be added to the Premier model to give the driver a warning for blind spots and a rear-view camera.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Mercury Milan base model employs a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine that easily produces 175 horsepower with 172 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed stick shift comes standard on the base models, but an automatic six-speed transmission is standard with the Premier model.
The Premier offers an optional three-liter V-6 that produces 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive can be chosen as an option, but the six-speed automatic comes standard with front drive. In performance testing, the Mercury Milan with the three-liter engine speeds to 60 mph in a very short 7.3 seconds.
In government crash tests, the Mercury Milan achieves a five-star rating. Protection of front-seat occupants proves excellent. In a side-impact test, the Milan earns five stars, as well. During Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Milan gets the top rating in both side-impact and frontal-offset tests. Front-seat airbags and curtain airbags on the side come standard with all Milan models, as well as stability control and anti-lock disc brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Milan Base: 22/31 mpg city/highway
Mercury Milan Premier: 22/29 mpg city/highway
- Roomy passenger cabin and cargo space
- Comfortable ride with nimble handling
- Four-cylinder engine with respectable fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Little feedback with the electric power steering
- Multiple buttons on the dash
- Unrefined sound with heavy acceleration
Comfort, style, and drivability make it a worthy competitor in the midsize sedan segment.
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