As a temporary measure, I am sliding around town in a Dodge Stratus SXT in Frigidaire White. Despite the jumble of letters, this is the bottom-feeder of the line, with a nothing-special four-banger driving the front wheels. It’s an acceptable grocery-getter, but not the least bit amusing to drive, and while the seats are better than average, their adjustment range doesn’t include any position in which I’m comfortable. I am contemplating returning it to the rental yard and asking for something I can actually deal with. Inasmuch as I’m having to pay for it myself, I can’t think of any reason why they’d object.
Obviously I would have welcomed an upgrade, had one been offered. But that was then, and this is now:
There was a time when most rental car customers would have welcomed an upgrade to a midsize or sedan, a minivan or an SUV, but that was before gas was “upgraded” to $4 a gallon or more.
Now some customers say rental car companies increasingly try to pressure them to take the gas-guzzling bigger vehicles, even when they have reserved a compact. Car rental agencies apparently can’t keep enough of the smaller, more fuel-efficient cars on lots to meet demand.
I need hardly remind you that if you bring back the Grand Marquis de Sade with a half-empty tank, they’re going to charge you a lot more than four bucks a gallon for your insolence.
(Via The Truth About Cars.)