in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,523 - $13,527
Original MSRP: $21,860 - $28,480
MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy
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2010 Mercury Milan Performance

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The Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan have always impressed reviewers with their handling. For family sedans, the two strike auto writers as both easy to drive and a bit sporty. Many, however, aren’t sure whether the Milan’s performance is enough to justify its price premium over the Fusion, particularly when V6-powered sedans are considered.

  • “The 2010 Mercury Milan is one of the most engaging family sedans from the driver’s seat.” -- Edmunds
  • “Fun to drive.” -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

For 2010, the Milan is available with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine making 175 horsepower, or a 3.0-liter V6 making 140. Both engines are more powerful than similar powerplants offered on the 2009 Milan, but are identical to those offered on the Ford Fusion. Reviewers say that four-cylinder Milans offer enough power to meet the needs of most commuters. The Milan’s V6, however, is a bit underpowered when compared to V6 options offered on the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Given the power deficit of V6 Milans, buyers might ask whether the upgraded engine is worth the added cost.

Curiously, the Milan’s Ford Fusion cousin is available with a larger, 3.5-liter V6 that is a better match for those cars – but that engine isn’t available on the Milan. A six-speed manual transmission is offered on four-cylinder models. All other Milans come with a standard six-speed automatic. Mercury does not offer a manual shift capability with its automatic, which is something found on the Mazda6 and Subaru Legacy sedans.

The EPA rates the four-cylinder 2010 Milan at 12 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on highways. V6 editions are rated for 19/27.

  • “Performance from the base four-cylinder is adequate, and while the revised 3.0-liter V6 is still down on power compared to its rivals, it's plenty capable for most shoppers in this segment.” -- Edmunds
  • “Transmission surges on the highway.” -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

The 2010 Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion have always been among the more athletic family cars.  Reviewers say it has sharp handling and quick reflexes for an affordable midsize car, yet on the highway, its ride is relaxed and well-cushioned. The Milan won’t keep pace with sports cars, but it will out-corner a Toyota Camry or Hyundai Sonata. Those interested in a sporty family cruiser might also want to check out the Mazda6, which can be equipped to match this car’s upscale nature.

No reviewers have test driven all-wheel drive editions of the Milan, so there is no comment on the effect the AWD system may have on the car’s handling.

  • “Body control through corners is impressive, yet the ride remains comfortable and hushed." -- Edmunds
  • “Good steering and a supple chassis.” -- Car and Driver

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