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#545 of 1365 Re: Seattle [jpp5862]
Jan 08, 2013 (11:54 am)
I saw a rental one of those in Bellevue this morning, silver. Also a rental Avenger - a model that must only sell to fleets now.
#546 of 1365 Re: Seattle [fintail]
Jan 09, 2013 (7:06 am)
I've been fortunate enough to avoid getting an Avenger. That and the Malibu are two I steer away from at all costs.
Heading back to NC today, picking up a rental there but the Charlotte location usually doesn't have the best selection, although sometimes they surprise me. However a couple of times I've shown up to find about 40 Impalas in the Emerald and Executive selection.
Overall I liked the Escape, however I have noticed fuel economy isn't anything to write home about. In a mix of city and highway driving I averaged just over 20.5. Decent I guess but I expected more with all the hoopla around Ecoboost.
#547 of 1365 Re: Seattle [jpp5862]
Jan 09, 2013 (7:39 am)
Without fleets, the Impala wouldn't exist right now. I suppose finding a loaded car on the lot wouldn't be bad. The new one can't come soon enough. I mainly rent for personal use, and usually reserve a higher class to avoid such cars.
That Ecoboost must have to work hard at times.
#548 of 1365 Chrysler 300
Jan 09, 2013 (9:29 am)
After sideswiping a deer in my Mercedes R-Class a few weeks ago, the good people at State Farm sent me to Enterprise on their dime for 15 days. Being in a very rural, very small town, I was quite nervous as to what I was going to get. Lucky me, when the Enterprise clerk asked "what kind of car is in the shop?" and I told her, she took me out to the lot and showed me everything they had available. Selection was surprisingly decent: Black with tan top Chrysler 200 convertible; 2013 Buick Lacrosse; White over black Chrysler 300; Kia Sorento; and various Corollas, Chevy Cruzes and other typical Enterprise fare.
I opted for the 2013 Chrysler 300. 8 speed auto, Pentastar V6, Sirius, UConnect, all the goodies. I travel extensively for business, so I spent lots of time in the car. Chrysler's new emphasis on interiors is spectacular, and made me think this is an American car I might actually consider buying. This is my second 300 rental since the summer, and its a surprisingly decent car from a company that I left for dead in the last few years.
#549 of 1365 Re: Seattle [fintail]
Jan 09, 2013 (10:11 am)
Agreed, if you get a loaded Impala it's not like being in a penalty box, it's just boring and lifeless, although the 2012 models do have the 3.6L that's fairly quick, but still.
The 1.6 Ecoboost really has to work hard, I didn't pop the hood on this one to check but I feel like it had to be the 2.0 as it was much smoother and seemed to handle the hills in Seattle a lot better than the 1.6 I had in Denver.
#550 of 1365 Re: Chrysler 300 [seank2]
Jan 09, 2013 (10:12 am)
How's the 8 speed tranny? My 2011 Grand Cherokee had the 5-speed and it wasn't nearly up to the task, the 8 speed couldn't have come soon enough.
#551 of 1365 Re: Seattle [jpp5862]
Jan 09, 2013 (10:57 am)
And the design is so bland and dated now - it feels very much like a mid 00s product. Maybe a good car to get if hauling a few people or reserving at a cheap rate, but there are many more interesting cars in the fleets right now.
I rode in a rental Mazda CX a few weeks ago - it really made noise off the line in city traffic, I have to imagine while sucking down the gas.
#552 of 1365 Re: Chrysler 300 [jpp5862]
Jan 10, 2013 (10:20 am)
The 8 speed is spectacular. It shifts a lot in town, but its not really noticeable, or not noticeable any more than the 7Geartronic in my Mercedes. The Pentastar in the 300 is the 292 HP version, so the car can get up and move quickly. Fuel economy over the 600 odd miles, of which 80% were in town was 23, which for such a big car is not bad.
If only they would put the 8 speed in the 300C or the SRT with the V8, I'd be more likely to be a buyer, but Chrysler insists on keeping the old 5 speed auto with the V8s.
#553 of 1365 Re: Chrysler 300 [seank2]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Jan 10, 2013 (4:52 pm)
Hang in there, the 8HP70 is coming! The Pentastar uses the 8HP45 (45 = 450 Newton-meters (332 lb-ft) of torque capacity, 70 = 700 Nm/516 lb-ft). The 8HP70 will first see duty very shortly in the Ram 1500 hooked to the 5.7L Hemi V8, and is expected to be available for all 5.7L-equipped vehicles for the 2014 model year.
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