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in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $14,237 - $14,237
Original MSRP: $28,180 - $28,180
MPG: 41 City / 36 Hwy
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2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid Performance

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Reviewers often say the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid it is based on, offer the most enjoyable driving experience yet found in a hybrid sedan. While past hybrids have offered tepid performance, the Milan's acceleration will feel normal to those accustomed to four-cylinder midsize sedans. The transition between gasoline and electric power sources is nearly seamless. The car's handling is fairly athletic, though the electronically-assisted steering is not quite as communicative as the hydraulic steering found on V6 Milans. The Milan Hybrid gets 41/36 mpg city/highway.

  • "The Milan...has excellent dynamic capabilities for a mainstream mid-size sedan." -- Autoblog
  • "It basically drives like a normal car." -- Car and Driver
  • "I had averaged 41 mpg. Pretty good, especially considering I wasn't employing any tricks to raise my fuel economy; I just drove the Milan Hybrid as I would any other test car." -- Cars.com
  • "Other than its Ford twin and the Altima Hybrid (which is only sold in nine states), the 2010 Mercury Milan is the most involving hybrid to drive." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2010 Milan Hybrid accelerates slightly faster than a four-cylinder 2010 Milan, according to Mercury. Reviewers generally agree, saying the Milan Hybrid outperforms many four-cylinder midsize cars, though it trails the V6 model a bit in power. The system uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 156 horsepower, and an electric motor making 106 horsepower. Both motors send power to the front wheels through a continuously variable rransmission. While past hybrids were known for a pronounced thump when switching between power sources, reviewers say the transition between gas and electric power is almost undetectable in this car.

The Milan Hybrid's fuel economy is rated at 41/36 mpg city/highway. The Milan Hybrid can reach 47 miles per hour on battery power alone, which is more than any other hybrid currently sold (except, of course, its Ford Fusion Hybrid mechanical twin), boosting fuel economy. The batteries, however, cannot sustain that cruising speed for long without the gasoline engine kicking in.

  • "Overall, Ford's hybrid system is more than just an admirable effort. It has the smoothest operation of any of the systems that have passed through the Autoblog Garage, and drivers will have a hard time detecting the transitions between the engine running and the switch to EV mode." -- Autoblog
  • "It seems as if there's really no way to get poor mileage. (Except when you're idling and getting zero mpg.) When traveling under 47 mph, the system forces itself into battery-only, Electric Vehicle mode often and appropriately, and the engine cuts in and out smoothly and relatively unobtrusively during such shifts. If the Milan isn't going all-electric frequently enough for your liking, the cluster will tell you how much extra throttle you're currently applying and the threshold you must reach to force the car into EV mode. Maximizing mileage is a simple matter of light, precise right-foot control." -- Car and Driver
  • "In some hybrids, including Ford's Escape Hybrid, the gas engine usually springs to life when the air conditioning is on, but that's not the case in the Milan Hybrid; I spent some time driving with the air conditioning running, and the Milan still regularly went into EV mode. The sedan could also drive slowly uphill on just electricity." -- Cars.com

Handling and Braking

The Milan/Fusion platform has always been one of the more well-balanced family sedans, and reviewers generally say the Milan Hybrid can be fun to drive. The hybrid model, however, does give up some athleticism compared to its non-hybrid cousins. Like all hybrid cars, the Mercury Milan Hybrid uses electronically-assisted steering. To drivers accustomed to hydraulically-assisted steering, the Milan Hybrid offers a very light steering feel that can take time to grow accustomed to. The same is true of its brakes. Regenerative braking gives the pedal a soft feel, test drivers say -- but braking distance measurements are actually quite good for a midsize family car.

  • "While we wouldn't go so far as to call it fun, the Milan Hybrid nevertheless provides ample steering feedback, and body control through corners is impressive." -- Edmunds
  • "Sure, the steering is numb and the brakes still have that hybrid-y sensation-like there's a piece of fruit under the pedal-but the driving experience is so beyond that of the Toyota Camry and Honda Civic hybrids that we'll forgive those trespasses." -- Car and Driver
  • "The car remains flat when accelerating through a corner. The suspension also settles the car quickly when you travel over a dip or rise in the road." -- Cars.com
  • "Even with the low rolling resistance tires on the hybrid, the car never feels squirrelly like the Honda Civic hybrid and the steering of the Milan is well weighted and provides good feedback." -- Autoblog

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