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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan Design: Love It or Not?

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  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Along with the stellar record the Fusion/Milan have for reliability! I feel the Fusion will sell for less $$ option for option when comparing the new Malibu. Nice to see Chevy starting to take the sedan market more seriously however. :shades:
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    I love how much equipment you get STANDARD. Also Malibu will not have AWD and the mild hybrid hardly deserves consideration with its 24 city 30 hwy rating.

    If you want a really great car, look at a Milan Premier FWD V6. If you don't add moonroof, upgraded radio, etc. You get a very well equipped car for around 23k. And you get SYNC!

    Mark.
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    The Fusion has a more in your face design and makes the Camry/Accord look frumpy. Granted, this is my opinion..

    I share your opinion completely. Style and design were a big part of why we bought a 2007 SEL AWD Ford Fusion on Dec. 4, 2006.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Style and design were a big part of why we bought a 2007 SEL AWD Ford Fusion on Dec. 4, 2006.

    I thought it was for the fuel economy..... :blush: :sick:

    (just kidding! Don't go there!)
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    I thought it was for the fuel economy.....

    Allen,
    You've got a keen memory and a sharp sense of humor. Actually, I did something a body should never do: I believed our federal government (the EPA) when it stated the car would deliver 19 mpg in all-city driving. Since we bought the Fusion the EPA revised the mileage downward, to 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, which the car did during the first 1,500 miles of ownership.

    For the first 2,500 miles the car would not do better than 13 mpg in all-city, stop-'n'-go driving but gradually improved to a constant 14.8 mpg. Now, with 5,000 miles on it the last tankful fill-up yielded 16.4 mpg for all-city driving.

    What we should have bought was an I4 manual SEL instead of a V6 AWD. Hindsight is always 20-20. Still, with the exception of the city mileage, it has been -- and continues to be -- a very nice mid-size automobile that we enjoy very much.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Check this out.. spread the word!! Please! http://www.consumerreports.org/
    Consumer reports had some very good things to say about Ford. Toyota slips.. AGAIN.. :blush:
  • basiliskstbasiliskst Posts: 55
    We have a new 2008 Mercury Milan Premier I4 with most every option but navigation.

    The Milan still looks athletic and elegant. The interior is perhaps a bit plainer than the new Malibu or the 2009 Sonata, but it is functional and comfortable. I'd like to see updates to the interior with fewer cut lines and more elegant door panels, but the exterior is still strikingly good looking for a mid-size family car.

    Styling and ride/handling balance won my wife's choice. For me value was important too. A luxuriously equipped Milan was in practice more like the entry price level for some competitors. Style opens the door (is it acceptable?) but value seals the deal.

    Our I4 5-speed automatic is deliverying 27 mpg + in a 60/40 highway/city mix (average speed about 31 according to the driver's information center). That's very respectable for a new engine in a near luxury mid-size car.

    I personally prefer the Milan's waterfall grill and wider headlights to the three-bar Fusion grill. I like the Fusion, but the Milan is more sophisticated and elegant with the same basic body panels.

    Among midsize competitors I like the exterior styling of Malibu the best, the Milan/Fusion second, and the Sonata third. I dislike the new Accord and find it to be a negative departure from a lean and generally attractive last generation Accord. The last generation Accord and Fusion/Milan have some styling similarities, especially in the headlights and front fenders. The Fusion/Milan have a stronger more athletic C-pillar and rear fender area. Similarly, I liked the last Altima better than the new Altima. The new one took what was good about the last Altima and went too far (e.g., the tail lights). The Camry is a bit muddled with a few too many inconsistent surface details. I especially dislike the grill with the Toyota logo dripping down off the hood.

    Generally, the Fusion/Milan sport cohesive or unified styling that is lean and strong. To this basic formula the Milan adds a touch of elegance and sophistication with the waterfall grill, unique alloy wheels and wider tail lights.

    As some evidence that we're not alone, we've received multiple unsolicited positive comments in parking lots, including one from an Altima driver (the last version, which is itself attractive). The bad news for Mercury is that only one of those commenting recognized the Milan as a Mercury. (He credited the Jill commercials.) The Altima driver was a late 20s, early 30s woman who asked my wife what type of car it was, because, "it's really good looking. I love those wheels (14 spoke alloys) and that color (the vivid or claret red). It's sporty." Neither knew it was new. A couple of others asked what it was in the grocery store parking lot, but shorter conversations, "That's nice, what is is?" And one, what kind of gas mileage do you get? He liked the answer.
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