The Mercury Milan is a midsize sedan with available all-wheel drive. Released for 2006, this model was produced through 2011 and then canceled as the Ford Motor Company discontinued the Mercury brand.
Mercury Milan Overview
Upon its debut, the Milan offered two engine choices. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine making 160 horsepower was standard and came paired with a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Also available was a 3.0-liter V6 engine making 221 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2006 model was front-wheel drive only and offered in Base and Premier trims. Standard equipment included 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, power accessories and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Premier models were dressed in 17-inch aluminum wheels, supplied leather seating and included a CD changer. Options included heated front seats, automatic headlights, automatic climate control and fog lamps. All models include a split-folding rear seat.
For 2007, Mercury added an all-wheel drive option with the V6 model. Standard equipment was improved as well, bringing in antilock brakes, side air bags, an auxiliary input jack and a fold-down passenger seat. Newly available options included a DVD-based navigation system and satellite radio.
The 2008 Mercury Milan gained a keyless entry keypad as standard equipment. Optional equipment included rear parking sensors, a voice-activated Sync multimedia system and ambient lighting. The latter two features appeared later in the model year.
Beginning with 2009, satellite radio was made standard on all models. Stability control was introduced as an option across the product line. Also available was a Voga package featuring upgraded leather seats, unique exterior colors and exclusive chrome rims.
For 2010, the big news was the introduction of an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine that makes 175 horsepower. New transmissions also debuted, as a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic became available with the base engine. The V6 engine also gained more power, making 240 horsepower.
Other changes for 2010 included updated front and rear fascias. New options included a 12-speaker Sony audio system, a rearview camera and a blind spot warning system.
Despite the planned cancellation of the Mercury brand, the 2011 Milan received several updates, including integrated blind spot mirrors. New options included HD Radio and an Appearance package with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and a rear spoiler. The Sync system was updated and the fold-flat front passenger seat was discontinued for 2011.
If you’re considering the Mercury Milan for its available all-wheel drive system, you should also take a look at the Ford Fusion and Subaru Legacy. If all-wheel drive isn’t a priority, you’ll also want to consider the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Buick Regal, Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata.