It's bland because bland appeals to more people. It's the difference between enthusiasts and the masses. Although I do remember a good bashing about every new remodelled design. Y'all will grow to like it just like the bug eyes and 06/07s (which everyone hated to begin with). I do not like it, but meh, I already have my favorite designed Rex. On the positive note, at least it is still a wagon and didn't turn into a nasty short hatch.