A new Rebel comes out every year. If you try to keep current, after three years you could have bought a 5DII (almost), which is only replaced every three years. Buy the 5D series, it's a better deal, and when you upgrade, your old camera still has value used, so the upgrade cost is maybe $1200 every three years.
As I often say, I absolute love my 5D MK II, but a person with a good eye can certainly take a image with even a point and shoot that will exceed the most expensive camera in the hands of a person like me who just loves technology and tools.
Here is one from my non photographer wife with her Canon 720 IS. She just wants to point and shoot, but she sometimes finds great scenes.