Got it switched out for a Nissan Versa, which I think is my favorite sub $15k car (although I think you have to go for the top trim level if you want folding rear seats which is bogus).
Originally Posted by gomestar
I rented a 500 once. Had a blast.
ok, I'm going to bust your balls on this one. A group of people + their luggage + Skis ... you don't rent the smallest car group possible. The salvageable part is it's far cheaper to rent low and then upgrade at the desk than it is to rent mid-high from the start.
I'm with you (although I didn't rent the lowest, there was still "economy" below...where the 500 lives). I was partially gambling on the fact that I rent from this location a lot and almost always get upgraded for free. 8/10 they will be out of cheap cars for the weekend, so they just give out whatever comes in as returns...and since I rent there often and am a gold member or whatever, I usually get an improvement.
That being said...usually at this level I get things like Ford Focus, Nissan Versa, Mitsubishi Lancer, VW Golf...those cars are all big enough for what I needed this weekend (my ski gear, a couple backpacks, and a case of beer). It is a sick joke that the Chevy Spark and Aveo are both a class higher than the Fiat 500 which is almost the same damn size (and a much better car, although it does only have 2 doors), and are instead placed with cars that are 3ft longer, have 5 seats instead of 4, etc.
But from what I read online, looks like the companies are doing a bit of "class" inflation. Cars that used to be in one class are now a class higher...cars that are listed as compacts (or even subcompacts) by their manufacturer are being grouped as intermediates.