2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid Review – The hybrid sedan for the non-hybrid crowd

Tuesday December 8th, 2009 at 11:1212 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

Review by Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Outstanding gas mileage
  • Good balance between performance and fuel economy
  • Excellent suspension tuning
  • Plush & roomy interior

Cons:

  • Cautious exterior styling
  • Sketchy tire selection
  • Somewhat steep sticker price

After a decade of reliable service and strong sales, hybrid cars are no longer just a novelty and will likely become more common and mainstream in the future. Although Ford has the distinction of being the first American manufacturer to offer a hybrid car (in the form of the Escape Hybrid SUV, launched in 2005), the blue oval has lagged a bit in spreading this fuel saving technology to other models in its lineup, which is a shame given the increasingly strong demand for more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly cars.

Fortunately, Ford has weathered the storm of the economic recession and is renewing its commitment to gasoline-electric hybrids and increased fuel efficiency in general. With the new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid sedans, Ford not only challenges the Japanese hybrid hegemony, but has also succeeded in producing one of the most well rounded hybrid cars on the road today.

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2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Review – Frugal and Comfy

Monday October 13th, 2008 at 6:1010 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Review by Gary Chan | Photos by Derek Mau

Pros

  • Gas mileage (better than most small CUV’s)
  • Intuitive touch screen
  • Ride quality

Cons

  • Braking
  • Electric-only mode limited to very slow starts
  • Noisy engine when pushed

Ruling
I’ve driven both the last generation Prius, and did a road trip/review in the 2008 Civic Hybrid, but both left me longing for one thing: more space. The Mariner answered this question in abundance, and was a pleasant surprise to drive as well as sipping gas (for a vehicle in this class).

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2009 Mercury Mariner Review – the Hybrid SUV that can (and does) impress!

Monday September 29th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

Review by Holly R. | Photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Really impressive (and decent) acceleration at speed
  • Mileage, mileage, mileage
  • Didn’t have to open the entire tailgate to get into the back of the vehicle
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • XM Satellite Radio and built-in Bluetooth

Cons:

  • Ack, the grill – not my thing
  • Engine takes an inordinate amount of time to reach “idle” after starting the car
  • The seats were pretty flimsy

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