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STYLING | 4 out of 10
When is a car retro without trying to be retro? When it's the 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis
You won't find modern styling trends such as crisp lines
Climate and audio systems are a bit far from the driver
Slow and steady may win the race in some arenas, but certainly not when it comes to automotive styling. Both the interior and exterior of the 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis look like they could easily have been penned decades ago.
The exterior styling of the 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis earns marks from reviewers only for its consistency and the fact that it must be working if it's still selling cars. Otherwise, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com deride what Edmunds calls the "1970s-era" styling of the Mercury Grand Marquis. Car and Driver notes derisively that the Mercury Grand Marquis "hasn't been redesigned since [the] Clinton Administration." For 2008, Edmunds says that the Mercury Grand Marquis is "available in two trim levels -- GS and LS," though they're virtually impossible to tell apart from the exterior. The one series of positive comments comes from Kelley Blue Book, which writes that while the 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis is "basically a clone of the now defunct Crown Victoria, the Grand Marquis has a flashier grille and tail lamp treatment that leans more toward the Lincoln family than Ford's." Motor Trend adds that "you won't find modern styling trends such as crisp lines, large wheels pushed out to the corners of the car, or high-tech lighting," but rather a "traditional, block, three-box form."
Inside, not much has changed either for the 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis. Motor Trend says that "utility is the overarching theme of the Grand Marquis' interior design," which is a positive in that "the linear instrument panel has large digital displays, and while it looks dated, it's highly legible and gets the job done." ConsumerGuide offers that "the climate and audio systems are a bit far from the driver," but "upper-range models help with available steering-wheel controls."
The 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis is truly an ancient vehicle, and this fact is readily apparent in the styling.