2008 Mercury Milan

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Mercury Milan. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    160-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Standard side curtain and side-impact airbags
  • Manageable dimensions
  • Premium amenities
  • Performance with V-6
  • Over-shoulder visibility

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2008 Mercury Milan

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

2008 Mercury Milan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 wo...
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.



Latest 2008 Milan Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Love the ride

by Cocowayno from Urbana on May 3, 2018

I love the heated seats. The get up and go is quick on my Milan. The sunroof is a treat. The trunk had lots of space. Rides smooth on the highway. Read full review

(5.0)

Great car And it?s been a great road buddy for me!

by Grey on January 3, 2018

No complaints! It?s one of the best cars I?ve ever had! The car is fully loaded with everything you could want in it kept up on all the regular maintenance you treat him well they?ll treat you well Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Mercury Milan currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Mercury Milan I4

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Milan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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