With regard to those who say a flip rear windo "will suffice" or is "just as good" They are VERY WRONG, and know very little why a rear roll down window is a luxury! 1. the convenience of a front, rear and remote up down function of the rear window comes in handy so often that I have a hard time imagining living without it. Wheather it is Dogs, Air, Oversized cargo, believe me it comes in handy. 2 opening the rear window a crack equalizes air in the interior cabin when combined in combination of open windows, or open sun roof. 3. by equalizing the air on the inside cabin, you eliminate 95% of air noise when only opening sunroof, or any of the windows. 4. when using the roof rack for large items such as maybe a 2 x 4 or a Christmas tree in conjunction with items that are extending out of the rear , having a flip up window is inconvenient and the glass will bang up to what ever you have above it. 5. you are able to control the amount the window is open, more air, or less air what ever you desire
Im sure I can list other examples about the differences, but I can not tell you enough how many times I felt fortunate to have my roll down.
I am a surfer, and a sports enthusiast in South Florida where I sell and Rent real estate. And I put signs in my trunk along with surfboards and kite boards on my roof rack. I can not tell you the amount of times that a flip rear window would have made things very difficult if not impossible to pack and go.
I hope an auto designer sees my post and installs a roll down window on other SUV as Its one of the most important factors to my looking for a new car