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in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,555 - $12,395
Original MSRP: $20,320 - $26,720
MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy
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2009 Mercury Milan Performance

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The 2009 Mercury Milan offers a mixed driving experience. The automotive press praises the car's dynamic handling, but many criticize both of its available engines as underperformers. 

  • "Milan lacks the around-town response of a V6 Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, or Toyota Camry; it too frequently requires a heavy throttle application in routine driving." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Easy to drive, the Milan doesn't lean much in curves and stays on course, but more enthusiastic drivers might prefer it to be more precise." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On the highway, the Milan is large enough for a stable, supple ride but still small enough to be maneuverable around town." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Ride, acceleration and handling: Very good in all three categories. Solid." -- Washington Post

Acceleration and Power

The Milan is offered with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower, or a 3.0-liter V6 with 221 horsepower. For a car sold as a step up from the ordinary Ford Fusion, these engines seem underpowered to reviewers. That might be forgivable if the underwhelming powerplants gave the Milan good fuel economy, making it an inexpensive car to operate, but they don't. Its four-cylinder is EPA-rated at 20/29 mpg city/highway, and its V6 at 18/26 mpg -- even without fuel-gulping All-Wheel Drive.

V6 Milans come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder models can be purchased with a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic.

  • "There's only one area where the Milan could really use some improvement, and that's under the hood. Neither the base four-cylinder engine nor the optional V6 make the refined noises we expect to hear in modern family sedans, and they're down on power, too." -- Edmunds
  • "Aftter moderate delay on initial acceleration, the Milan is eager to pass or merge, delivering ample energy in a steady flow. The automatic transmission is generally well-behaved, but low-speed operation can produce occasional uncertain jolts." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Only V6 Milans have been made available for us to test so far. They have good passing and merging power, even with the additional weight of AWD." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Expect just average highway performance with the 4-cylinder engine." -- MSN

Handling and Braking

Where the 2009 Mercury Milan outperforms some of its peers is in the corners.  Reviewers are pleased with the car's quick rack-and-pinion steering, though some say it is less reliable in emergency maneuvering. The car's suspension is another highlight, and we found no significant complaints about the brakes. All-wheel drive is available, but it's an expensive option -- and very few reviewers have tested it.

  • "The car is also wonderfully nimble. We could change lanes with ease, negotiate curvy local roads with confidence and point the Milan into the tightest parking space with no problem."  -- Detroit News
  • "Good balance in turns with modest body lean. Some test cars suffered from torque steer. Close-quarters maneuverability is hurt by a wide turning circle." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Boasting sharp steering and a firm yet compliant suspension, the 2009 Mercury Milan offers one of the best ride/handling balances in the midsize sedan segment." -- Edmunds
  • "For most driving situations, the Milan's front-drive behavior is predictable and pleasant enough. Push a little harder, however, and torque steer becomes a real issue." -- CNET
  • "Smooth, linear brake pedal action allows consistently smooth stops." -- MSN

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