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in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $13,999 - $13,999
Original MSRP: $28,180 - $28,180
MPG: 41 City / 36 Hwy
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2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid Interior

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The passenger cabin of the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid features a sharp two-tone design theme that some reviewers found more attractive than that of its Ford Fusion Hybrid cousin. Reviewers find the cabin's fit-and-finish to be near the top of the midsize class. Electronics, like Ford's SYNC voice-activated infotainment system and the SmartGauge interface, which coaches drivers toward fuel-efficient behaviors, also impress test drivers.

  • "Even on the pre-production example we sampled, everything was tightly screwed together with nice soft-touch materials and logically laid out controls." -- Autoblog
  • "The Milan Hybrid's high-quality cabin features abundant soft-touch materials, and the overall look is a little snazzier than the more austere Fusion." -- Edmunds
  • "The Milan Hybrid has a conservatively styled cabin that looks attractive but doesn't raise the design bar for family sedans." -- Cars.com

Seating

The seats of the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid elicit few reviewer complaints. The seats feature a foam material made from 85 percent post-consumer recycled materials, and fabric made from 100 percent post-industrial recycled materials (though leather is available). Some reviewers noted that rear-seat headroom can be tight for adults with the optional sunroof.

  • "The front seats are very comfortable and supportive, covered in fabric made from 100% post-industrial recycled materials. Unlike many other cars in its class, the Milan's front seat lower cushions aren't excessively short and provide decent thigh support." -- Autoblog
  • "The Milan has plenty of space for front and rear occupants. Drivers, in particular, will appreciate the comfortable position." -- Edmunds
  • "The front bucket seats have a fair amount of side bolstering and good thigh support thanks to their long bottom cushions - very comfortable overall. Even though it's less roomy than the Accord and Mazda6, it still offers good backseat space. Taller passengers might find themselves pushing the limits of its headroom, but legroom and foot space under the front seats are good. The backrest is set at a relaxed angle." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The SmartGauge instrument cluster is the feature that most fascinates auto writers who've test driven the 2010 Milan Hybrid. The system uses two display screens, set on either side of a traditional speedometer, in place of the usual gauges. The driver can set the screens to four different modes, each of which displays different information about the car's efficiency. The most basic setting displays a vine, with leaves that appear or disappear depending on how efficiently the driver is using fuel. At its most complex, SmartGauge can track fuel consumption not just at current rates, but also over time - averages by trip, by month, etc., allowing drivers to try to learn more economical driving habits. Many automakers have developed similar systems - the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius each have a similar solution for 2010 - but reviewers are generally fans of the Mercury's solution. Some, however, note that it can distract the driver from the road.

Ford's SYNC system is standard equipment on the 2010 Milan Hybrid. It allows drivers to control Bluetooth-enabled devices through voice commands. The system, for instance, can be set to read text messages sent to the driver's phone using the navigation system's voice.

  • "The navigation and telematics is easily the best we've tried from any automaker." -- Autoblog
  • "A lot of the enjoyment and appeal of the Milan hybrid, though, comes not from the actual driving experience...but rather from the gauge pod situated in front of the driver. Consisting of two high-resolution screens flanking an analog speedometer, the customizable cluster is way more fun than any instrument panel has a right to be... The gauge you'll watch the most, however, is the much-touted efficiency gauge, which depicts your earth-friendliness via a tangle of thickening vines and sprouting leaves. Drive the Milan hybrid like you stole it, and you'll kill the plant. ... Hypermile, coast as much as possible, etc.-and the plant will thrive." -- Car and Driver
  • "The available Sync system works great, integrating audio and Bluetooth functions with voice-recognition technology to provide easy hands-free operation of cell phones and portable MP3 players." -- Edmunds
  • "The feature most likely to grab attention is the Milan Hybrid's instrument panel. Dubbed SmartGauge with EcoGuide, it consists of a traditional analog speedometer flanked by LCD screens. The screens have crisp graphics and vivid colors, and may foreshadow what gauges will look like in regular cars someday." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The battery of the 2010 Milan Hybrid is located partially in the trunk. That robs the hybrid model of some space, making it a midsize car with a trunk size closer to that of many small cars. But this is common among hybrids. There are few complaints about interior storage space. The hybrid model does not offer folding rear seats.

  • "Interior storage space is adequate, but as is typical for hybrid sedans, the trunk is compromised by the car's battery pack. At only 11.8 cubic feet and with no folding rear seat, cargo capacity is still bigger than in the Altima and Camry hybrids, but much smaller than the hatchback Prius." -- Edmunds
  • "The Milan Hybrid loses some of the utility offered by the gas-only Milan. Gone is the split-folding backseat that expands the trunk area so you can carry longer items inside the car. The hybrid's trunk is smaller, too, because of the high-voltage battery pack behind the backseat. Cargo volume measures 11.8 cubic feet, which is 4.7 cubic feet smaller than the regular Milan's trunk." -- Cars.com
  • "Compared to the Toyota [Camry], the Milan also has an extra 1.4 cu-ft of trunk space to net 12 cu-ft." -- Autoblog

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