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Do you think it really looks like a 6 year old design?
I'm a reluctant SUV buyer to begin with -- I've always driven sedans and I like the feel. But I carry guitar equipment that eliminates a lot of them. My current Mazda 6 worked, but with little room to spare, and many current designs won't work due to gooseneck hinges or not enough depth. So the small SUV search began, and the RAV4 is near the top of the list.
Here's my question. We all know the Rav4 is an old design at 6 years now. And that a new design should come out for the next model year, perhaps as soon as this summer. And of course that a new Escape is coming and a new CR-V is here (though disappointing). In many respects, buying a Rav4 right now seems like it'd be the wrong decision. Yet I look at it, and if I didn't know it was a 6 year old design, I'm not sure I'd think it was that old. It seems to hold up relatively well, even if the spare tire design is out of fashion and its lines aren't quite as sleek as some competitors. The interior isn't the nicest I've seen, but it isn't as cheap or dated looking as some of the reviews would have me believe. I do still worry somewhat though that it'll look more and more dated in the 7-9 years I'd typically plan to keep a car. Granted, I could always trade it in early, but what do you all think? Will today's Rav4 still look attractive in 2018?
I should add that I'm a single 31YO guy, and while I do like sleek lines in a car (I love the Sonata's look, for example), I'm not at all in the soccer mom category that some of these cars seem to be aimed at (I'm looking at you, CR-V...I know what a "conversation mirror" is intended for). If anything, the Rav's spare tire and slightly more boxy look seem to make it look a little more "manly." I've also been waiting for the right new car for awhile, and while I could wait a little longer to see what the new Escape looks like, or the new Rav4, I don't want to play that game forever. So while I have some hesitations about the design, I still find myself thinking that moving forward, even with an old design, may be the way to go. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!