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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Outback now embraces its midsize wagon body
wedge-shaped profile...bolder stance
Kelley Blue Book
faux wood and silvery trim give a slightly upscale ambiance
The Auto Channel
The 2008 Subaru Legacy Outback has a purposeful look and a more upscale interior that garners mostly approval from reviewers around the Web.
Although Edmunds says the 2008 Subaru Outback has “dropped the awkward SUV styling cues of yesteryear and now embraces its midsize wagon body," Kelley Blue Book notes that despite its "wedge-shaped profile...its SUV-like attributes are subtle but noticeable." This source praises the way its "aerodynamic ground-effects components blend with more pronounced wheel arches to give it a bolder stance," however. Cars.com reports "few styling changes for 2008, most notably a new bumper and a restyled grille...higher trim levels of the Outback lose their two-tone paint scheme for a monotone bumper with gray cladding at its lower edges."
According to J.D. Power, "the 2008 Subaru Legacy Outback features revised styling inside." As reported by Edmunds, this includes "simple controls, tasteful faux wood and aluminum accents," giving this Subaru 2008 interior "an uncluttered and classy ambience." A similar statement is noted at The Auto Channel: "two-tone color scheme, multiple textures, leather seating surfaces, and faux wood and silvery plastic trim fill the bill and give a comfortable, slightly upscale ambiance to the interior" to the 2008 Subaru Legacy Outback. Kelley Blue Book provides more detail: "two-toned interiors are fitted with cloth upholstery on [2008 Subaru Outback] Basic, 2.5i and 2.5i L.L. Bean trims, while the 2.5 XT Limited and 3.0 R L.L. Bean Editions receive leather trim...dashboard and control layout convey a down-to-business personality."
The 2008 Subaru Legacy Outback has muted SUV influences outside, and upscale car influences in its cabin.