The Milan's styling is similar to that of the mechanically identical Ford Fusion, but it has a version of Mercury's waterfall grille in front, a different tail lamp design, and soft-toned satin aluminum trim throughout. A four-wheel independent suspension and precise rack-and-pinion steering make the Milan especially enjoyable to drive on twisty roads while maintaining a comfortable ride.
The Milan has seating for three in back. A split-folding back seat allows the spacious trunk to accommodate large cargo items, and a spring assist system makes folding it down especially easy. The front passenger seat also folds down.
Anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, and side-curtain airbags are all now standard on the Milan, and electronic stability control is now optional.
Base models have an extensive standard equipment list. It includes a power driver's seat, air conditioning, cruise control, keypad keyless entry, an alarm system and a six-speaker audio system with Sirius satellite radio. Premier models get a wide range of standard luxury features such as leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and an upgraded sound system with steering-wheel audio controls, plus fog lamps
and larger 17-inch alloy wheels. The Premier also includes Sync, a voice-activated calling and sound-system device that interfaces with cellphones, PDAs, and portable audio players; the system will even read test messages.
Several of the top options bring luxury-car features and comforts to the Milan. Among them are a DVD-based touch-screen navigation system, a premium Audiophile sound system, heated seats, a power moonroof, and reverse sensing. Especially noteworthy for 2009 is the VOGA package, which includes custom cashmere leather seats, cashmere inserts, chrome-clad wheels, and special embroidering. Distinctive Wales mahogany trim is also available.