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  • (4.8) 21 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,695–$9,359
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21-24
  • Engine: 160-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Mercury Milan

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Mercury Milan

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Inconsistent automatic-transmission operation
  • Lack of personality
  • Ordinary handling
  • Rearward visibility

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Optional reverse-warning system
  • Keyless entry keypad

2008 Mercury Milan Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Mercury Milan is related to the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ and competes in the midsize sedan category against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Buick LaCrosse. Its base model is front-wheel drive only, but the uplevel trim can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. The biggest change for 2008 is the addition of a new Sync package that synchronizes phones and other media devices, then makes them voice-activated. The navigation system is also newly voice-activated for 2008.

The Milan is Mercury's most-affordable model, but is billed by the automaker as upscale and expressive. It's powered by either a 2.3-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter V-6.


Exterior
The only changes to the outside of the Milan for 2008 are the addition of a keyless-entry keypad and five new color choices, including shades of blue, silver, white and two shades of green.

The company says designers drew inspiration from large, modern cities when creating the Milan. Signature design cues include a waterfall grille and the use of trim with a satin-aluminum finish. Wide headlights wrap into the hood, and LED taillights are installed. The Milan has a short-/long-arm front suspension and a multilink rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes are used.


Interior
Designers looked at the finishes of home appliances and the details of finely crafted handbags for inspiration in styling the five-occupant interior. Leather upholstery is complemented by Satin Metallic or Wales Mahogany wood trim. Two-tone leather-trimmed seating surfaces are optional. Later in 2008, Milan owners will be able to add a mood lighting system that will illuminate the front and rear footwells and the front cupholders in violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange or red.

The automaker says that extending the back doors rearward improves rear-seat access for taller passengers. A spring-assisted mechanism can help fold down the 60/40-split rear seat. The trunk can hold 15.8 cubic feet of cargo, and, in addition to the folding seats, a pass-thru into the passenger compartment allows long items to be carried. The front passenger seat can be folded flat to allow even longer items to be carried.

The Milan has a six-way power driver's seat, a CD stereo, an analog clock, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, and power heated mirrors. A DVD-based navigation system is optional and gains voice activation for 2008. An audio input jack for portable MP3 players and other devices is standard.


Under the Hood
The Milan's 2.3-liter four-cylinder produces 160 horsepower and drives either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Only a six-speed automatic is offered with the 221-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. Both engines run on regular-grade gasoline. Traction control is also available.

Safety
Side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard, as are antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. A reverse-warning system that gives the driver an audible warning is newly optional for 2008.

Driving Impressions
The V-6-powered Milan starts off in a hurry and, after some delay, delivers ample acceleration for passing and merging. The automatic transmission is well-behaved most of the time, but it doesn't change gears the same way every time. At low speeds, a modest bump occasionally occurs with the shift.

Generally quiet, the Milan can get loud when accelerating hard. Although the ride is generally satisfying, some rough spots can bring rather harsh responses.

The Milan is spacious in front. The seats aren't especially firm and provide modest support. Outboard rear occupants get ample room, but the center passenger must endure a rather hard perch and a serious shortage of headroom.

Though competent and capable in nearly every area, and sensible overall, the Milan doesn't quite stand out from the pack. Except for some Mercury design cues and a bit more refinement, it's not much different from its Ford Fusion cousin.


Consumer Reviews

(4.8)

Average based on 21 reviews

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Amazing Car

by Yooper62 from Houghton, MI on July 11, 2017

I owned a 2008 Mercury Milan Premier AWD for a few years. Over the course of around 45k miles I never had any mechanical issues at all which really impressed me. For the year this car looks phenomenal... Read Full Review

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2008 Mercury Milan Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mercury Milan I4

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mercury Milan I4

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
A

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mercury Milan I4

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mercury Milan I4

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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