I'm obliged to Phil at Bustednuckles for posting this image (clickit to biggit).
They all look just about the same, don't they? That's the result of centralized government dictates about vehicle weight, fuel consumption, safety features, etc. When the laws and regulations outline requirements to such nit-picking detail, designers at the auto companies have no choice but to design to meet them - and that means everything looks very, very similar. It's gotten so bad that while driving, I no longer even bother to try to distinguish between the various makes and models. They all look so alike that it's pointless.
I'd love to see an honest car advertisement where the manufacturer acknowledges, "Sure, we use a cookie-cutter design, just like everyone else in the industry. Our engines are similar, their power and torque outputs are similar, the cars are similar dimensions. Our only difference is half-a-second here or there in the acceleration parameters, and a different badge on the hood or trunk." They wouldn't get anywhere, of course, and would probably go bankrupt . . . but it's the truth, isn't it?
I miss the old days, when cars were visually distinct and you could tell the make and model almost a mile away. I guess that makes me an old fart, motoringly speaking.
Now to get into my own cookie-cutter SUV and go shopping . . .