2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

Well, I can think of some $33,000 sedans I'd rather be driving, but Phil's point is well taken. Unlike the other mid-size hybrids I've driven, the Fusion/Milan actually feels like something more than a cheap, four-cylinder mid-size car. Cruising home at some 45 mph in total silence, it becomes easy to believe that you really are driving something special and futuristic, rather than gimmicky and overpriced. The well-appointed interior and the LCD instrument panel further reinforce that message.

While eking out more efficiency, Ford has also done a good job minimizing, if not quite eliminating, typical hybrid annoyances like numb electric steering and unnatural brake pedal travel.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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