Originally Posted by vegbiker
Pretty dumb and ignorant theme. Why would a manufacturer continue to make a car that the public doesn't want and won't buy? To lose money and go out of business?! Manufacturers respond to market demands. If you want a car with style, buy a Mini Cooper or a Porsche. You're entitled to think new RAVs are "mall-going" cars. My wife and I are picking up a 2015 Limited tomorrow. I know it's not the greatest car ever made. It's a small SUV made for life in 2015. Just think, 20 years from now I can rail at all the new RAVs and how great they were in the good old days.
While I have to disagree with the labeling of the theme as "dumb and ignorant" I do find myself in agreement with vegbiker's sentiments. I, admittedly reluctantly, finally parted with my rock solid '97 Rav4 4door (with towing package) which had a glorious 218,000 miles on it, for a new 2015 Rav4 XLE. As vegbiker said, it's not perfect, but what is? I don't buy a car based on what other people think it says about me and my lifestyle. I buy a car because I like it, I'm happy with the quality of the manufacturer's product over time. Nostalgia is great, but nostalgia is a feeling to enjoy once in a while, not a way to live. Sure, I loved my '97 Rav4. But I was tired of its foibles, and frankly, I don't care much what the car looks like as long as it gets me where I'm going, reliably. I sure like the improved mileage's impact on my wallet!