I rented this car for a 2000 mile 1 week trip. It has a strong 3.5L V6 engine and it also has plenty of room for putting stuff away. It also has plenty of cup holders, several charging stations for el...
I rented this car for a 2000 mile 1 week trip. It has a strong 3.5L V6 engine and it also has plenty of room for putting stuff away. It also has plenty of cup holders, several charging stations for electronic gadgets, and even 1 AC 110 Volt power inverter built in. You must turn on the switch on the dashboard for the AC outlet to function. Without the manual in a Rental, this was a lucky guess for me to push the ll sign on the dashboard and it started charging my laptop with no issues. It has a very smooth ride and quiet interior. The turning circle is good enough for an SUV but I have driven cars with better turning circles for making U Turns.
The issues I had with this vehicle are :-
1- Placement for the parking brake. Odd and kept getting in my way. If you have expensive shoes, your left shoe may get scuffed when you pull your leg away.
2- Cup holder for driver too low. Distracted me while trying to put hot coffee down.
3- With only 7000 miles on the car, this vehicle had warped disk brakes that made the car shake terribly when trying to slow down at higher speeds (Between 65 - 75 miles per hour). I have found this to be common among Dodge and Mitsubishi vehicles.
4- Blind spot for driver's side mirror. I almost stopped at an automotive store to buy a 180 Degree view side mirrow "button" add-on for the external Drivers side mirror. The driver has a major blind spot for vehiles on its left side.
5- Engine knock with 86 or 87 octane fuel. I did not expect a new car to have engine knocking. This can be eliminated with 91 - 93 ocatne gasoline. Unfortunately with the prices of Premuim fuel in California, the car not calling for it specifically, and knowing i will not kill the car for using it only for 7 days, I opted not to do it more than once. I just wanted to make sure that higher octane would eliminate the issue and it did.
6- Sliding driver/passenger common arm rest. The problem I have with this is if you are in the habit of placing you right hand on the sport shifter (Transmission) to rest and you have kids in the back seat that stretch thier legs out and push on the sliding armrest, you can potentially put the car in Nuetral while driving. I had to give my your children a strong warning not to push in the armrest for the driver. With a 5 and 7 year old, it is hard to enforce so I just report it as an issue that you may also run into.
My overall assesment is it is a good car to rent, I would not own one. the fuel econmy with my driving habit was an overal 22.9 Miles per gallon. Best I saw was 27.. mostly wind behind me and less uphill driving.. 45 mile / hour on country roads.. and 19 miles per gallon, going uphill /downhill with wind against me.