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STYLING | 8 out of 10
the Mariner's front fascia takes the brunt of the redesign
a more understated, slightly more upscale look
changes include a new mix of materials with 'satin pewter' trim
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Most reviews researched by TheCarConnection.com approve of the 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid’s styling.
Motor Trend reports that the Mercury Mariner Hybrid "received a significant redesign for the 2008 model year, including all-new sheetmetal." According to Autoblog, "the 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid's front fascia takes the brunt of the redesign, with the trademark 'waterfall' grill gaining more prominence, both in length and width." Jalopnik opines that the "Mercury Mariner Hybrid appears exactly as it should...the best looking of the trio, the conservative looks fare well next to luxury SUV offerings from Toyota and Acura."
Autoblog is less impressed with Mercury Mariner Hybrid 2008 interior styling it "reveals the designer's use of nothing but a straight-rule when it comes to the center console, a la S40." Edmunds more with the Mercury Mariner Hybrid 2008's "higher-quality interior...the cabin is tastefully accented with faux aluminum, chrome and wood-grain trim." According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid 2008 interior remodel to blunt growing consumer dissatisfaction with “discount-store interiors."
The 2008 Mercury Mariner sports a crisper style inside and out.