For the most part, the pickings in the midsize hybrid sedan segment were fairly mundane. Although it was only produced for two years (until the Mercury brand's scheduled demise in 2011), the Mercury Milan Hybrid offered a different take with its classy styling and inviting cabin.
As with its twin, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Milan Hybrid offered impressive fuel economy, with almost 40 mpg according to the EPA's combined rating. The Milan Hybrid also delivered an unusually lively experience behind the wheel. If you're shopping for a used hybrid-powered sedan, the Mercury should definitely be near the top of your list. Its combination of solid driving dynamics and superior fuel economy makes it easy to recommend.
Most Recent Mercury Milan Hybrid
The Mercury Milan Hybrid debuted for the 2010 model year and was produced essentially unchanged for just one additional year until the Mercury brand's demise for 2011. In typical Mercury fashion, the Milan Hybrid was a slightly upscale twin to a Ford -- in this case the Fusion Hybrid. As such, it employed a 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine paired with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack to produce 191 horsepower. The power was sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Along with a fuel mileage estimate of 39 mpg in combined driving, the Milan Hybrid had the ability under low load conditions to propel itself to nearly 50 mph under battery power alone.
The handsome cabin boasted quality materials and a wealth of standard features that included 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power front seats, eco-friendly cloth upholstery, the Sync electronics interface system (includes Bluetooth and an iPod interface) and a six-speaker stereo (with a CD/MP3 changer, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio). Options included a rearview camera, a sunroof and a navigation system.
In reviews, we were pleasantly surprised by the Mercury Milan Hybrid's well-sorted chassis. It's not a sport sedan, but is more athletic than one would expect a hybrid sedan to be. Yes, you'll still get better mileage out of cars like the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. But the Milan's superior driving dynamics and more welcoming cabin make this a smart dark horse choice for savvy used hybrid shoppers.
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