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Mercury Milan Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2006 Mercury Milan

  • If you want a Ford Fusion with Mercury design cues, the 2006 Mercury Milan is the car to buy.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Unique exterior style, premium interior design, quiet highway ride, capable handling, tight construction.

  • Cons

    Horsepower and acceleration below class average, nearly identical Ford Fusion costs less.

  • What's New for 2006

    The Milan is an all-new midsize family sedan from Mercury. A twin of the Fusion, it offers unique interior and exterior design cues, along with a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power.

Gas Mileage


  • 20
  • cty
  • 28
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Had problems

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercury Milan Premier 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Just after warranty pin on clutch broke and destroyed trans an clutch. Had purchased extra warranty that covered $3180 repair. this happened after 36,000 mile warranty expired. Actually 110 miles after warranty. Now I find pretty common with Fusions and Milan stick shift. Not real happy considering this is supposed to be such a good automobile.

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Great car all together

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercury Milan Premier 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

For the money, this car is awesome. From the comfy leather seats and sun roof, to the sleek design inside and out. I do wish I had the 6 cyl at times, but I have a 5-Speed which is a bit more power efficient. The stereo sounds better than many stock systems I've heard. The stock wheels are pretty sharp. Very roomy all around for a smaller sedan.

Well built car

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercury Milan Premier 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

We have the Premium edition with lots of toys and the car is equal in quality to a Camry or Accord. The only disappointment is winter mileage goes in the tank and 23 is great in the winter but 31 is normal for summer highway. A well appointed car and a great value.

06 milan

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercury Milan Premier 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Over all it is a very fine car, pretty much happy with it after 6 months & nearly 8500 miles. My wife is primary driver does a lot of in town driving, so in town mpg's were important she hovers around 27-28 on average. Nice interior, not cluttered & and overly busy, good support on the seats, a main element for my wife. Stylish exterior, much better than the goggle headlight look of its sistership Fusion.

Milan is a very competitive

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercury Milan Premier 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

My 2002 Neon was paid off for 8 months and I was happy not having a car payment, but I bit on the 0% financing and am not looking back. I knew this would be a car I keep at least 5-7 years so I wanted to make sure I can pick every feature I possibly can, as well as make sure it will be a car I that will age well. I test drove a few cars and felt the Milan was the best choice, as well as best bang for the buck. The car is very stylish, and I enjoy the ride. I have the Premier package and love all the features (heated seats, auto dimming mirror). It's a great car all around. Ford has its act together when it comes to the Fusion/Milan. You owe it to yourself to at least test drive one.

Great car

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercury Milan Premier 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

the milan is a great car with lots of features of a luxury car and very roomy comfortably fits five a very roomy trunk. powerful for a for cylinder fun to drive great tranny five speeds does great in the mountains downshifts going up great in drive i don't even see why they have a low gear on this car it does awesome in drive eatc climate control is nice you just set it and forget it overall i'm very happy with this car i would buy another in the blink of an eye


Full 2006 Mercury Milan Review

What's New for 2006

The Milan is an all-new midsize family sedan from Mercury. A twin of the Fusion, it offers unique interior and exterior design cues, along with a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power.


Mercury, like Buick and Chrysler, is on a mission to attract younger buyers. To do this the company must inject its product line with models that will appeal to shoppers under the age of 40. The all-new Mercury Milan is intended to accomplish this by combining a low-priced, midsize sedan with attractive styling and sporty handling -- all characteristics not normally associated with Mercury cars.

As the corporate twin to Ford's Fusion, the Mercury Milan shares much of that sedan's architecture, drivetrain configuration and safety technology. But Mercury is banking on the idea that today's Generation X'ers, or at least a certain percentage of them, will prefer the Milan's unique styling and premium dealership experience over the higher-volume Fusion. Other subtleties, such as rear doors that extend further back toward the C-pillars to ease rear-seat entry/egress, reflect the division's philosophy of offering a more upscale experience to Mercury buyers. The Mercury Milan, like the Fusion, rides on a stretched, widened version of the highly acclaimed Mazda 6 platform, giving it nimble handling from the four-wheel independent suspension and rack and pinion steering system. Because the Milan is both wider and longer than the Mazda 6, it combines a confident demeanor with adequate interior space for five adult passengers.

Milan power comes from either a 160-horsepower four-cylinder or a 221-hp V6. The smaller engine is hooked to a standard five-speed manual transmission with a five-speed automatic optional, but the V6 can only be had with a six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 includes dual exhaust pipes, and both engines feature four-valve-per-cylinder heads and 150,000-mile tune-up intervals. To address the safety concerns of premium sedan buyers, Ford strengthened the car's platform in various areas. An optional side airbag package offers seat-deployed torso airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags that protect both front and rear occupants. Will the 2006 Mercury Milan's waterfall grille, LED taillamps and quieter highway ride prove a compelling alternative to Ford's mainstream Fusion? For a certain percentage of drivers, it undoubtedly will.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The midsize Mercury Milan sedan comes in two trim levels, base and Premier. The base model rides on 16-inch wheels and includes items like air conditioning, an MP3-compatible CD stereo with six speakers, a six-way power driver seat, a split-folding rear seat, an analog clock, cruise control, full power accessories and keyless entry. Options include alloy wheels, a sunroof, an upgraded eight-speaker stereo and in-dash CD changer. Premier models are upgraded with 17-inch aluminum wheels, a CD changer and leather seating. In addition to the options on the base Milan, Premier models are eligible for heated front seats, as well as a Comfort Package with automatic climate control, automatic headlights, foglamps and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Powertrains and Performance

The Milan's base 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine makes 160 horsepower and meets PZEV certification in California. It's connected to a standard five-speed manual transmission, and a five-speed automatic is optional. A 221-hp, 3.0-liter V6 is optional on both the base and Premier trims. It comes with one transmission, a six-speed automatic. This transmission shifts well enough, but we wish it had a true manual-shift mode instead of just two forward-gear gates ("D" and "L").


Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all Milans. Antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are optional on base Milans and standard on the Premium trim, and traction control can be had on V6 models. Stability control is not available. An optional Safety and Security package gives the Milan front-seat side airbags and head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard occupants. Without the side bags, the Mercury Milan scored four stars (out of five) in NHTSA frontal- and side-impact (front and rear) testing. With the side bags, the scores were the same, save for side impact for front passengers, in which it earned five stars. In frontal offset crash testing conducted by the IIHS, the Milan scored "Acceptable," the second-highest rating.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Milan's upscale interior offers an effective blend of premium materials and functional design elements. The interior is supposed to reflect the high-quality living environments of today's young professionals. Upscale Milans feature leather seating surfaces with contrasting stitching, and a Wales Mahogany wood finish or Satin Metallic trim can be ordered on Premium models. Base and optional audio systems are MP3-capable, and the split-folding rear seat, along with a 15.6-cubic-foot trunk, adds to the Milan's utility. Most buyers will find the Mercury Milan suitably roomy with ample head-, shoulder and legroom for adults to ride comfortably in the front or back.

Driving Impressions

With responsive steering and a quiet ride, the 2006 Mercury Milan is one of the sportier and more luxurious vehicles in the midsize sedan segment. It demonstrates a willingness to corner and change directions at speed with enthusiasm. Ride quality is acceptable, especially considering the above-average handling. Wind and road noise are effectively quelled at highway speeds, and the transmission offers crisp upshifts and downshifts. More horsepower would add to this Mercury's "premium" aspirations, but as it is, the Milan offers upscale overall performance at a relatively low price.


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