I have an 04 CRV and it is perfect as a "truck" for our dogs and dog realted stuff. The back seats are always down. But it is getting up in miles and I'm thinking ahead to its replacement. I have no doubt the new CRV is a nice "car" but it is smaller and I really dislike a hatch type door. So where does that leave me? Since I like Honda and Toyota it pretty much means rav4 or Element and my wife finds Element "dinky." My real question is - is this going to be a trend in smaller SUVs - more and more S and less U? Isn't there a market out there for a vehicle with the size and quality of the old crv that can still be bought for a little over 20k? I really fear that by the time I am ready to buy again the rav4 will also have reverted to a smaller chick car like the crv (ironically, what the rav4 began as).