Originally Posted by Tiger-Heli
I think of it more as streamlining than going backwards, but it's all point-of-view.
For example, the 2013 SE is about the same price as the 2012 SE Sport appearance and has MOST of the same features. But you can't buy a base level (hubcaps) SE anymore, or an SEL, etc.
Except the base SE doesn't come with rear discs, sport cloth seats, fogs, or piano black trim. The stuff that really matters.
To get the aforementioned items, instead of spending just $695, you now have to spend $2530, and you get a bunch of stuff you may not necessarily want. Leather would have been a total deal-killer for me, and there's no way to opt out of it with the appearance package.
Yes, it's definitely streamlining, but I think they took it too far. There needs to be a middle rung, or at least a couple standalone options.