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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Sporty styling with useful rear tailgate/liftgate design
Smallish digital display in the center of the gauge cluster can wash out at times
Mitsubishi certainly got it right with the vehicle's styling
Car and Driver
Although styling is highly subjective, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com reveal that the styling of the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is a hit with the automotive press. The interior styling also scores well, but doesn't receive quite the same praise as the sheetmetal on the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Car and Driver declares that "Mitsubishi certainly got it right with the vehicle's styling." Cars.com reviewers describe the major exterior styling elements on the Mitsubishi Outlander as "wraparound headlights" that "flank a trapezoidal grille," along with "a gaping intake below the front bumper" and a roofline that "terminates at angular D-pillars." Motor Trend proclaims it’s “handsome, decidedly dashing next to its predecessor” and says the new Outlander “has an air that's all SUV.” Edmunds simply states it has a “stylish, distinctive-looking exterior.”
Edmunds also notes that the "2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in four trim levels: ES, LS, SE and XLS," though the external differences are minimal, as the ES "comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels," while the LS upgrades to "16-inch alloy wheels" and the SE and XLS both offer standard "18-inch alloy wheels."
The interior of the Mitsubishi 2008 Outlander was redesigned, along with the rest of the vehicle, for the 2007 model year, and it is unchanged entering 2008. Reviewers generally approve of the interior design, with Motor Trend calling it "contemporary" and Edmunds adding "the Outlander's interior is attractive looking." Not all impressions are positive, however, as reviewers at ConsumerGuide feel that "the smallish digital display in the center of the gauge cluster can wash out at times," and they lament "the climate controls are mounted too low for easy access while driving." Other than those few gripes, the Mitsubishi Outlander wins praise for a gauge cluster that Cars.com notes "is reminiscent of motorcycles."
The handsome, flowing exterior of the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander conceals a well-styled, though not entirely problem-free, interior.