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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Explorer styling looks perhaps too familiar
Cars and Driver
Satin aluminum is used in abundance across the exterior
elicits big wows everywhere we go
Though the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer may be just a very nice Ford Explorer, that’s not a bad thing as the Explorer is among the best of the mid-size truck-based SUVs.
According to sources from around the Web—and in the opinion of TheCarConnection.com’s editors--the Mountaineer’s exterior styling is clean and uncluttered, with the chrome grille looking right at home. Some reviewers, however, the one writing at Car and Driver, find that the Mercury Mountaineer "styling looks perhaps too familiar," which is not surprising; according to Automotive.com, the Mercury Mountaineer 2008 "shares much of its exterior design with the Ford Explorer." However, Kelley Blue Book does not necessarily consider this a : "the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer takes the rugged good looks of the Explorer and stamps Mercury's new styling theme on its sheet metal."
The Mountaineer’s interior sports a more urbane look than that of the Explorer, but it’s still straightforward, uncomplicated, and handsome. Kelley Blue Book says the Mercury Mountaineer 2008 "interior is beautifully arranged, with high-quality plastics and an intelligent dash design." Automotive.com says the Mercury Mountaineer 2008 dash is "trim and elegant and clearly communicates essential information...clean...with attractive, low-key, metallic accents." The reviewer at Mother Proof observes "opening...the doors on the Mercury Mountaineer elicits big wows everywhere we go."
A rugged but sophisticated style marks the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer, inside and out.