Just had a 2019 Camry SE for a week. What a game changer TNGA is over the previous generation. Ride is great and it will actually go around a corner. The 2.5 liter and 8 speed are so much more likeable than a little turbo motor and a CVT. Shifts from the paddles were reasonably quick and smooth up and down, though obviously it's no PDK. Some hard plastics in the interior but I found it decently laid out and easy to use, lots of hard buttons for primary functions rather than having to use the screen. Seating position is good, great visibility with the low beltline.
Overall just a really good family sedan. Still does typical Camry stuff well but significantly better to drive than any Toyota product I've ever been in.
Last year I had a work trip to Sonoma, so my company booked me an "Intermediate 2/4 Door" at SFO Hertz. I had zero desire to drive the base Mazda 3 which they had to offer, so I asked if I could upgrade to the 2018 Chrysler 300 S nearby. They said for an extra $10 a day I could do that, so the swap was made!
I totally enjoyed my 4 days driving around the vineyards of Sonoma and taking co-workers to and from meetings.
Pros: The V6 had plenty of power, decent gas mileage and the sound system was great (the amount of bass was fun! HaHa)! Seats were super comfy and everything was within reach and easy to use/figure out.
Cons: The shifter for the transmission was a little "wonky." Every time I went from P-R-N-D, there was quite the delay. The car had 10K miles on it, so maybe people had been beating it hard?!
Anyway, it was a great car, would totally rent again.
And in black, it does look the part. It hides most of the weird that goes on in the front/rear bumper treatment and complements the black/machined wheel finish. For a daily that I don't have to worry about, I'm pretty happy with it.
Ultimately, it probably won't hold up to the best family-friendly sports cars, but then again I'm not looking for it to pull "fun car" duty - that's what my M3 is for. Plus, my son isn't old enough yet to appreciate fun drives with dad at "don't tell mom" speeds (mom isn't a fan of spirited drives either) but you're right in that it doesn't feel like it hates you for trying to put it through its paces. Another Euro car trait is that it makes the speed disappear, it just drives at 80+ down the highway with confidence. Best of all...it's an N/A Toyota with a torque-converter auto (which has pretty damn good response for an auto) which is about as simple as you can get these days - and it still pulls mid-high 30's for fuel mileage, not far off the pace set by our tin-can Mazda3 that we used to have.
Just came back from a half road trip around Alberta. I flew to Calgary, rented a car to drive to Banff, and drove back with a friend to Montreal.
My ride to Banff: 2020 Dodge Charger GT
I worked as a valet while in school and having parked hundreds of them, I didn't think I'd like it at all. In contrast, I loved my Charger GT. It's not a good car, nor sophisticated or efficient in any way but it's great fun. Played around with the electronic 0-100 timer and managed only 7.9 but the V6 sounded good. Comfortable, easy highway cruiser and seeing it was a rental, could beat the sh!t out of it. I really liked it and can see why some people go for the V8 or Hellcat version of these. I have a new respect for Dodge to make something stupid but fun. Too bad I only had it for a day.
Why does Ford Fusion fuel economy suck so much a$$?
My latest rental was a '20 Fusion SEL, FWD with the 1.5T...like this:
I've had a few Titanium models with AWD and the 2.0T. They got ~25 MPG on mostly highway trips. That felt low to me but I figured that was the price to pay for 2.0T power and AWD, even if comparable Audi A4's manage to eke out over 30 MPG in similar conditions.
Then I got this FWD model down in Atlanta. I figured that with the 1.5T and FWD, that this was their fuel economy leader (with the exception of the Hybrid). I was very surprised to notice after a few days that the fuel gauge had dipped below the 3/4 mark, after only a few days of shuttling back and forth to the job site. When I returned it, I learned that it had traveled 129 miles since pick-up, and being a connected car, it showed that it had 10.0 gallons left in the tank, out of the 16.5 gallons it left Avis with on Sunday.
That's just shy of 20 MPG. There was some city driving, not a lot of stopped traffic (but this having Start/Stop, shouldn't have contributed to the poor fuel economy), but also a fair amount of highway driving.
Speaking of the Hybrid, I did try and rent one of those in FL this past winter, but found that it wouldn't fit the stroller in the trunk, nevermind the rest of our luggage. So I went back to the desk and traded it for a Kia Optima, which of course swallowed our bags with ease. FWIW, that returned 33 MPG in mixed usage, pretty respectable for a N/A 4-banger and a 6-speed auto. Similarly, I have a '18 Camry SE that easily does 33-35 MPG in mixed usage.
Back to the Fusion SEL, I have to say that Ford did make the best of the 181 horsepower and 6-speed auto, and the car was a pleasant place to be in for the few days I had it. The interior is nicely trimmed and laid out, and unsurprisingly it has a lot of European feel to how it drives.
Maybe that's why Ford pulled the plug on these. Both the simple Kia and my Camry with their N/A engines that make more HP than the Ford, easily outhandle it in the MPG department. This thing is rated 23/32 MPG (still poor compared to the Camry's 29/41 or the Kia's 27/37) so it should have been mid-20's at the very least.
Just had a new Hyundai Santa Fe for the weekend (1300km trip to pick up a dog).
Was not really a fan of it. Seats were not that comfortable, the transmission was wonky (a couple of times in stop-and-go traffic it just held 2nd or 3rd right up to redline!?!?!), the backup camera wouldn't turn off unless you shifted to park and back to drive... and the active safety stuff was a pain in the ass. Even on the least sensitive mode, the active cruise would start slowing down 4 car lengths behind another car, necessitating annoyingly early moves into the left lane... where it would then accelerate back up so S L OW L Y (we're taking 1kph per second).
On the plus side it was roomy, and the back seats recline. Lane keep assist worked well. The stereo was alright, minus the buggy bluetooth that would skip like an old CD sometimes...
TL;DR if they offer you one of these at the counter, see if you can get something else instead.
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I got a q50 rwd - first time driving a rwd "sports sedan" - seating position was nice, infotainment sucked (glorified am fm xm radio with a screen) - kinda light steering, but felt precise enough. The v6 made nice nissan vq/be noises, and it was a decent NYC commuter - I kinda see why people drive like twats in these
I just rented a RAV4 AWD in South Lake Tahoe and drove it one way to San Francisco Airport. I was amazed at the destination fill up it only used 4.7 gallons for that trip. The car was pretty boring and the interior was plastic. Gas mileage was amazing though.
Loaded 2018-? Versa with 30k miles, drive was pretty painful esp. the transmission. did the job tho for 1 way rental.
seats were adequate
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I thought it might have been how active cruise is being design (per some FMVSS standard, or SAE guidance) until I rented a couple Ford Fusions with active cruise, and they allowed NJ-levels of tailgating before they reigned in the car.
The transmission, I would chalk up to being a rental car. Plenty of cars get confused being put through the wringer of multiple drivers and exuberant lot jockeys. The rearview camera screen = yikes, but even if it's a software glitch, Hyundai's not alone. It seems typical for newer cars to go through lots of infotainment software updates to sort out various bugs, which I agree should get caught in development, but it seems that these get farmed out to 3rd parties. My FIL's Subaru must have gone through several radio updates before it solved several infotainment issues he's had with the car, and it's a 2018 Outback - i.e. high volume, mid-market car from an established automaker. I don't think Hyundai still needs to 'grow out' of its former reputation as they've very well established for years that they are a competent volume producer. I think these kinds of software issues are endemic to the development system that all automakers have adopted at various levels. Hell, even my '18 Camry needed a radio update before I took possession of it.
[Racism]The seat comfort issue is typical of Asian cars, being short on thigh support.[/racism] [misogyny]Or perhaps Hyundai's acknowledgement of their target demographic, women[/misogyny]