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Offline FoMoJo

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« Reply #690 on: February 22, 2020, 09:02:38 am »
Did they? I remember that the first Escape hybrid had a very similar eCVT
I believe they had to pay for fees a number of Toyota's patents when developing their Escape hybrid system, but also filed a number of patents.  Now, it seems, they do license the Toyota system for their Fusion.
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« Reply #691 on: February 22, 2020, 09:06:11 am »
Yes!  That’s my go to rental car.  Very underrated car probably because of it’s Chrysler branding.  Looks good, plenty of power even in rental spec V6 form, quiet, great ride, handles well for a big car.  Other than the sport seats being a bit too hard for my taste, I love that car.

Next time I rent a car, I will go for that if I can't get something more exotic.   Your recommendation seals the deal.  We have the same style of driving.
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« Reply #692 on: February 22, 2020, 09:22:44 am »
Next time I rent a car, I will go for that if I can't get something more exotic.   Your recommendation seals the deal.  We have the same style of driving.
C'mon, a Mustang.  Just make sure that it's a GT. :ohyeah:
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« Reply #693 on: February 22, 2020, 09:58:54 am »
C'mon, a Mustang.  Just make sure that it's a GT. :ohyeah:

I would definitely favor a Mustang, but if only conventional rental cars are available, then I would have to go with veeman's recommendation because I respect his opinion and I know our driving styles, and what we like an value in a car, are very similar.
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« Reply #694 on: February 23, 2020, 12:21:40 am »
C'mon, a Mustang.  Just make sure that it's a GT. :ohyeah:
I would definitely favor a Mustang, but if only conventional rental cars are available, then I would have to go with veeman's recommendation because I respect his opinion and I know our driving styles, and what we like an value in a car, are very similar.

Thanks Dazzleman! 

You'll really like the Chrysler 300 in V6 rental spec (particularly if it has the sport package/styling) which they often do.  Its really a fantastic rental car.  I've rented rental spec Mustangs many times too and while they're cool, I prefer the 300 as a rental automatic.  I find the Mustang a bit too noisy in that pony car way.

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« Reply #695 on: February 23, 2020, 02:02:16 am »
OK, I drove the 118 about 2.5 hours from Belgium to France. I adjusted the mode to Comfort and most of my objections went away. It was a remarkably relaxing ride for a small car. I think it's the Sport mode that I found objectionable. In that mode it felt like engineers tried hard to achieve the BMW feel with digital post-processing trickery in the steering and throttle.

There's an ECO PRO mode which awards you stars for smooth and economical driving. 5/5 stars in anticipation and acceleration, baby. :mrcool: Total fuel consumption during the rental period was 6.9L/100km, which is 39mpg.

The car kept blaring out traffic updates on the radio every half hour. We spent a long time digging through menus and configuration screens on the infotainment system to try and disable that feature, but it's a dedicated button, and we only found it just before we returned the keys. :facepalm:
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« Reply #696 on: February 23, 2020, 07:19:00 pm »
Some more thoughts on the Fusion Hybrid I had last week:

  • Fuel economy was stellar at 38 mpg, including a drive up (and down) a 10k foot mountain. 
  • I hate automatic transmission creep. I really missed the brake auto hold feature from my Model 3.
  • I wish regen were stronger.  I missed one-foot driving.  It was also not obvious when you were using regen or using the actual brakes.  I think there is a "Brake Coach" display you can bring up that shows this, but I didn't try it.
  • The car was slow and boring.  I would never buy one.
  • There were a lot of rental Fusion Hybrids driving around.  I'll take that as a sign that no one else wants to buy them either.

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« Reply #697 on: April 18, 2020, 05:18:27 pm »
I don't really rent cars much and most of them fall into the 'It drove and got me from point A to B' category. There's Corollas, Focuses, Fusions and Sonatas galore. The ones I remember were at least entertaining or really crappy.

Dodge Caliber X 3. I needed a cheap rental and I paid for it. 3 times over. They were perfect examples of why Chrysler headed through bankruptcy court. Slow, sucked gas for a 4-banger and had pillbox-like visibility. The staple of rental fleets everywhere. Best feature: They didn't break down.

Chevrolet Impala. The old W-body with the 3.6 DOHC V6 engine. You could blaze the front tires into the next century. More engine that chassis, but that's fun in a way. Small on the inside for such a boat.

Skoda Octavia. It was a diesel wagon and had a 6-speed. 'Nuff said. Awesome vehicle.

Nissan Frontier. Le gas guzzler. Never met a fuel pump it didn't like. When that's the last thing on the lot, that's what you get though. At least it was in Arizona, so gasoline was cheap. Needless to say, I'm not a truck person. On the bright side, the ground clearance came in handy when evading a discarded tire on the freeway.


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« Reply #698 on: April 18, 2020, 05:42:41 pm »
Where did you drive the Skoda?
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« Reply #699 on: April 18, 2020, 07:56:42 pm »
Where did you drive the Skoda?

Iceland. Did some touring of the country. The diesel was excellent fuel-economy wise, keeping it cheap-ish (for Iceland, that is).

Considering fuel is $7-8 USD per gallon, it was appreciated.


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« Reply #700 on: April 18, 2020, 09:11:41 pm »
Iceland. Did some touring of the country. The diesel was excellent fuel-economy wise, keeping it cheap-ish (for Iceland, that is).

Considering fuel is $7-8 USD per gallon, it was appreciated.

Nice! The roads look like they get pretty windy there; you probably appreciated the VW tuning and ride.

$8 per gallon!!!
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« Reply #701 on: April 19, 2020, 02:37:32 pm »
Chrysler 300 is a great rental.

Other poeitives have been Fiat 500l diesel, Honda Jazz, Citroen C3 Picasso,


Hyundai i30, Peugeot 208, 308, Renault Megane and Fiat Tipo have all been meh.
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« Reply #702 on: June 29, 2020, 12:21:17 pm »
2019 (I think?) Chevy Malibu LT.

Rented this bad boy for the weekend and put about 500 miles on it.

The good.
-MASSIVE interior space.  The front and rear seats on this thing are huge and it feels roomier than my dad's Accord.  Trunk wasn't terrible but didn't seem as large.  I rented the old gen Malibu a couple years ago and that thing had a comical amount of room in comparison.
-Great highway cruiser and tracked incredibly straight, no play in the wheel at all.  Coming from Honda's, the lack of tire noise was a welcome one too  :lol:
-Apple car play worked well and was super easy.

The average or no big deal.
-It drove okay, its a midsizer so not really important.  A little bit of body roll and the steering felt slow but I'm not gonna knock it on that.
-Car had no problems getting up to speed.
-The interior was pretty easy to use and nothing was confusing.  Maybe this should be a positive, but I prefer a simpler interior to one where I need to spend a day getting familiar with.

The bad.
-Holy-moly the amount of hard plastic in this thing is unreal.  Literally everything you touch is hard plastic and it feels like there are 3 different versions of hard plastic on it.  To try and spruce it up, they put this cloth material thing over some of the hard plastic but it was a flimsy barely there amount so it barely made it any softer and just looked ugly.  Plus I'm sure it will stain, get dirty, and smell after a few years of use.
-I don't know if its the engine, the transmission, or both, but there was always turbo lag and a major hesitation to downshift at all times.
-The engine most of the time doesn't make itself known because the transmission never lets it go past 2K RPM before shifting, but when it does it is one loud, crappy sounding little guy.
-EPA estimates for this car peg it at 36mpg in the highway but we averaged just shy of 30mpg with almost exclusively highway driving.

Overall, I'd say if you need something spacious that's a good highway cruiser, this thing isn't terrible.  That they don't make them anymore and with Hertz about to go belly up, I'm sure you can find a hell of a deal on it.