The article appears to be a four page ad for Volkswagon.
Writer is obviously a VW shill.
I rent at least 2 cars every month for work.
The third to last was a 2012 Passat.
IMO, it was a poorly designed, cheaply made, fragile
piece of junk. It could not handle South Texas
highways. I have not yet rented a 2013 Maliby
but I liked the 2012 Malibu, except for the
very poor dash display.
OTH, I just got back from South Texas, again,
this time in a Chevy Captiva. I did not like it.
Hearing protection is mandatory.
My all time fav rentals are Ford products.
My own car is a 2006 Kia Spectra.
I have not found any car as good as that one yet.
Within the last two months I have rented a
2012 Sonata and 2012 Elantra.
Both have superb exterior styling.
Hyundai really has that down.
I was not impressed with the interiors though.
Example: my 06 Kia has visors that extend,
the new Hyundai's do not and leave annoying
gaps that let the sun through. IMO, interiors
have gotten cheaper in quality compared to my 06.
The Sonata did not do very well in South Texas.
It got a broken windshield from a few drops
of rain while the air temp was over 109.
Then the right front wheel cracked.
Fortunately it gave vibration warning.
I liked the Elantra better than the Sonata
although I thought both were underpowered.
Keep in mind that these are fleet rental types.
On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:05:52 -0500, Paul in Houston TX
I have the Limited so the interior is better. I also opted for the
turbo with 274 HP. The stated 0 to 60 time is 5.8 seconds, faster
than many muscle cars of the past.
My other two were the V-6 no longer offered. I was debating the
engine, but you comment makes me glad I went with the turbo and the
extra 76 hp over the regular 4 cylinder.
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