You see, cars are a very personal item to me, they are an extension of your image, they must have a focus, a personality. They don't need to be expensive, or exclusive, but they do need to have style and presence.
One of my favorite cars to date is the Honda Element - the Element has a lot of personality. People will either hate it or love it, no one will be indifferent to the car. Compare the Element with the Honda CR-V. While the Element speaks to you, speaks of adventure, of ruggedness, youth, the CR-V is just an ordinary small SUV. I am sure the CR-V is a great car, but its design just doesn't speak to me.
When I sold my Element I did so with reservations. I loved almost every aspect of it. If I could redesign the Element, I would only change one things
- Make it a 5 passenger vehicle
Gas mileage was not great, I was getting ~16 MPG. For a small car I had hopped to nearly double that. But overall, I couldn't be happier. Yet, I needed a car that could accommodate 5 people, so the Element had to go.
One year later and along comes the Toyota FJ Cruiser - WOW. That's my car right there.
The FJ Cruiser is supposed to be as good as a Jeep Wrangler for off-road prowess and it looks like an off-spring between a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Honda Element - it has all of the great features of an Honda Element and all of the great ruggedness of a Land Cruiser. And best of all -- it looks the part!