I rent a car almost every time I travel. Even if I’m only in town for a day, I’ve found it is more convenient and often cheaper to rent a car than to take cabs. I do it so often I forget now how intimidating it can be for some people, and how it used to be for me. My company has specific policies in place about what kind of car you have to rent, and you can only go up a level if you are traveling with a certain number of people. So unfortunately I don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to choosing a car. Ford Focus seems to be what I end up with most of the time. But on the few opportunities I have to choose my car, there are a few things I consider.
- Driving conditions. For a normal trip, it really doesn’t matter what kind of car you get. But on some occasions, it helps to take weather or location into account. During that first awful trip to Ohio where it started snowing, I was incredibly glad I had an SUV. When my sister and I went to Napa Valley, we (of course) chose a convertible.
- Comfort. No offense to Mustangs, but I don’t find them to be a comfortable drive. I have a long torso, and it’s not a tall car. Even though they look cool, I will always turn them down. At the same time, I don’t need a Crown Victoria–that’s actually too much space.
- Mileage. Once I got a Dodge Charger. It was SO fun to drive, but I felt guilty when I thought about the terrible fuel economy. This is not as a big of a deal if I’m only driving a few miles, but on the occasions where travel is several hours it can really add up.
I suppose on a regular, sunny skies trip I would just like to have a Prius like I do at home. Except one with Sirius and a port for my iPhone to plug into.
Readers, what do you think?