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2011 Mercury Milan Trims

Hybrid

Avg. Price: $18,211

Considered by many to be at the top of the hybrid technology heap, the 2011 Mercury Milan Hybrid, though pricey, delivers not only great mileage, but an eco-friendly feel. Touted by a number of reviewers as the most efficient hybrid on the market, this five-passenger midsize hybrid sedan remains the only Milan trim offering a standard 6-CD changer to go with its six speakers and standard satellite radio. Other standard amenities found on the Milan Hybrid include 17-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth upholstery, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, cruise control, air conditioning, SYNC/Bluetooth hands-free directions, communications, and audio, one-touch power windows, digital keypad power door locks, heated outside mirrors, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and leather and simulated alloy dash and steering wheels trim. Additionally, the Hybrid sports the handy SmartGauge display, which gives drivers a heads-up as to eco-friendly driving habits. As for options, this economical sedan offers a power moonroof, upgraded Sony premium audio components, and a rear-view camera with the available DVD navigation system.

Standard safety equipment for the 2011 Milan Hybrid includes four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, remote anti-theft alarm, OnStar safety communications and notifications, front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system, and the MyKey programmable speed and audio volume governor. Safety options are the blind-spot information system (BLIS) and reverse alert sensors.

The heart of the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2011 Milan Hybrid is, obviously, its well-engineered hybrid drivetrain. A 106-hp electric motor supplements its 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, while a standard electronically integrated continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) ensures a net of 191 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque. Regenerative braking helps the I4 recharge its traditional nickel-metal hydride battery, though stopping is a bit erratic and may take a bit of getting used to. Meanwhile, auto engine stop/start, deceleration fuel shutoff, and the I4’s variable valve timing, as well as the capability to accelerate up to 47 mph on electric power alone, combine to give the Milan Hybrid a laudable 41/36 mpg.

I4

Avg. Price: $14,238

Even though it’s the base trim of the Milan lineup, the 2011 Mercury Milan I4 hardly skimps on standard amenities, safety, or options. This snazzy-looking, five-passenger midsize sedan is delivered with 16-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, digital-keypad power door locks, one-touch power windows, heated power mirrors, cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning, and a single-CD player with six speakers, as well as leather and simulated alloy dash and steering wheel accents. Options, meanwhile, include a power sunroof, Bluetooth hands-free communications technology, Ford’s highly-touted SYNC system, a six-speed automatic transmission, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Safety-wise, the 2011 Milan I4 features standard four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, remote anti-theft alarm, and a post-collision safety system. Optional safety equipment includes front fog/driving lights and a reverse sensor system.

Power for the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2011 Milan I4 comes in the form of a variable-valve-timed 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that’s managed by a standard six-speed manual transmission. This combination puts out 175 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque at an eminently acceptable 22/29 mpg.

I4 Premier

Avg. Price: $15,415

The high end of the Milan lineup is represented by the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2011 Mercury Milan I4 Premier midsize five-passenger sedan. Adding such optional appearance, comfort, and convenience features as a power moonroof, 12-speaker, 390-watt Sony premium audio system, rear-view camera, upgraded 18-inch aluminum wheels, and voice-activated DVD navigation complements such standard I4 Premier amenities as 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, power accessories, including heated outside mirrors and one-touch power windows all around, cruise control, universal remote garage door opener, SYNC technology, dual-zone climate control, and Bluetooth hands-free communications technology.

Standard safety features for the 2011 Milan I4 Premier, meantime, include four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, remote anti-theft alarm, a post-collision safety system, front fog/driving lights, and SYNC collision and airbag deployment notification. Ford’s blind-spot information system (BLIS) and rear alert sensors are optional safety features.

Standard power for the 2011 Milan I4 Premier comes from a 175-hp, 172-lb-ft/torque, variable-valve-timed 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that combines with the standard six-speed automatic transmission for an estimated 23/33 mpg. If, however, a bit more oomph is desired, the I4 Premier is also available with a 3.0-liter, 240-hp, 223-lb-ft/torque Flex Fuel V6 powerplant and six-speed auto-manual transmission, but this option makes it a V6 Premier. The six-banger is estimated to get an average of some 22 mpg.

V6 Premier

Avg. Price: $15,871

V6 Premier AWD

6 national listings
Avg. Price: $17,098

All-wheel drive (AWD) and a standard V6 powerplant distinguish the 2011 Mercury Milan V6 Premier AWD from its more plebian siblings. This midsize five-passenger sedan is powered by a standard 3.0-liter Flex Fuel V6 engine that, when matched with the standard six-speed auto-manual transmission, puts out 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. Estimated mileage for the V6 Premier AWD is estimated at 18/26 mpg.

The 2011 Milan V6 Premier AWD uses a mechanical center-mounted limited-slip differential to toss power to all four wheels, all the time. As with every full-time AWD automobile, the V6 Premier AWD is not meant to be taken off-road, but it will provide a significantly less worrisome commute on slick roads. Standard appearance and cabin amenities, meanwhile, include 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, power accessories, including digital keypad door locks and heated mirrors, telescoping tilt-wheel steering with mounted cruise and audio controls, dual-zone climate control, universal remote garage door opener, SYNC/Bluetooth hands-free communications, voice directions, and audio adjustment, a single-CD player with six speakers, and satellite radio.

For 2011, the Milan V6 Premier AWD comes with such standard safety features as four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, SYNC safety communications and notifications, remote anti-theft alarm, MyKey programmable speed and volume limiting, remote anti-theft alarm, front fog/driving lights, and a post-collision safety system. Safety options include reverse alert sensors and Ford’s blind-spot information system (BLIS).