- sedan 167,236
- below average 405
- 5,995 fair
- Britt, IA
- 5 years
- below average 405 sedan 167,236 diesel black
2008 mercury milan review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. A classy midsize sedan. introductionthe mercury milan is a good choice among a superb selection of midsize sedans. Designed to compete with the honda accord and toyota camry, the milan is based on the superb mazda 6 platform. It is smaller than the sable, and is mercury's entry-level car. It shares much in common with the new ford fusion. this is one of the most stylish, contemporary mercury sedans since the first one showed up in 1939, and it just looks right. While it's not as adventurous in design as the 1957 mercury turnpike cruiser with its cantilevered roof and power rear window, it is good looking and modern. the milan accommodates five adults, with more interior room by most measures than some very expensive cars. The interior is inviting and comfortable, the materials are very good, and the detailing is better than average. We like the contrast stitching in the seats, and the fold-down rear seats add an extra measure of space and utility. Both engines are adequate but are not as powerful as engines offered by several competitors. The v6 gets an epa-rated 26 mpg on the highway and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, a rarity in this class that gives both better acceleration and better fuel economy than a five-speed automatic. ride quality is smooth, even on the roughest of big-city streets, making the milan a good choice for detroit, new york and other places with imperfect infrastructures. The milan is very stable at high speeds and the brakes are very good. A tire-pressure monitor and keyless entry keypad are now standard, while rear obstacle detection becomes an option. Front-wheel drive is standard; v6 models are offered with all-wheel drive. A five-speed automatic is optional 1045) and it adds aluminum wheels as well. The v6 is also offered with all-wheel drive 23,825). options for base models start with a moon and tune package 795) with a power moonroof, am/fm stereo with six-disc cd player and sirius satellite radio. Sirius 195) and the am/fm stereo with six-disc cd player 195) are available separately. A rear spoiler 295) is offered. Ambient lighting 295), which illuminates the front cupholders and front and rear footwells with a choice of seven different colors, is available late in the model year. An appearance package 545) is offered for v6 models. The v6 premier is available with all-wheel drive 25,145). options for premier above those of base models include a dvd-based navigation system 1895) that adds voice activation for 2008; the moon and tune elite package 895) that has a power moonroof, sirius satellite radio and an eight-speaker audiophile am/fm stereo with six-disc cd changer; heated seats 295); and the audiophile stereo 425) by itself. Late-2008 models offer an amenities package 595) with rear park assist, universal garage door opener and ambient lighting. safety equipment on all models includes dual-stage front airbags; seat-mounted, torso-protecting front side airbags; side curtain airbags for head protection in both rows; tire-pressure monitor; latch child-seat anchors; rear-door child-safety locks; and antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution. Traction control is standard on v6 models. Rear obstacle detection is optional 295). walkaroundthe mercury milan looks as crisp and new as a $100 bill. It looks like it belongs to a completely different family of cars than the ford fusion, thanks to major changes to the roof, side glass, headlamps, grille and tail lights. The doors are the only shared body panels between the milan, fusion, mazda 6, and lincoln mkz, all of which share its basic structure. the milan has a traditional mercury waterfall grille, as opposed to the ford fusion three-bar grille. It is surrounded by much more conventional-looking headlight units versus the ford fusion's trapezoidal headlights. in back, the high decklid is framed by a pair of bright led tail lights. Large and nicely integrated, the tail lights look like they came from a japanese or german car. The switchgear and gauges were black with white letters, the gauges had chrome rings, and there were lots of satin-finish metal panels to set off the black and white theme. Passenger sit in them more than on them. The front passenger seat also folds flat to further increase storage room and allow loading of long items, such as a ladder. the interior is roomy enough for a 6-foot, 4-inch passenger to sit behind a 6-foot, 4-inch driver, with real headroom. The rear door panels are scooped out for more elbow room. The rear armrest packs two cup holders, for a total of six. storage cubbyholes are all over the place, two in the console, one quite large one at the top center of the dash with a latching lid, two more in each front door pocket hollowed out to take a big gulp cup, and one in the bottom center of the dashboard, all of which add up to convenience and ease. Steering wheel and voice commands are used to control it. The system can recognize bluetooth-enabled cell phones, access their phonebooks, and play calls and read text messages through the speakers. we had only minor complaints with the cabin. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of reserve after that, and there's not a lot of satisfaction in driving it hard. the engine feels a bit choked and a bit underpowered, and doesn't sound like a powerful engine when prodded. While this engine is adequate, the v6s offered by honda, general motors, nissan and toyota are more modern and have more power. fuel economy for the v6 is epa rated at 26 mpg highway and 18 mpg city. Those numbers drop to 17/25 mpg with all-wheel drive. It requires planning and space to make a pass on a two-lane road. The standard five-speed manual transmission has numb, rubbery throws that are anything but sporty. we found the steering to have a fai.
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