Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (en_ki) wrote,
Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez

Yesterday's Zipcar experience

The Scion xB is hella fun to drive. Very zippy, turns very tight, perfectly stable. I never once found myself questioning its gear choices, which is far from my usual experience with an automatic. If I owned one of these, I would probably go to jail after running over a small child, or at least get nailed for speeding all the time.

(I never have; the one car I ever drove regularly handled great but was pretty underpowered, so it felt like a big accomplishment to speed ever-so-slightly.) (Where "ever-so-slightly" occasionally included 2.33x the limit on certain Jamaicaways I will not mention by name.) (But I digress.)

It can be packed very efficiently with lots of small cargo, but isn't really viable for moving furniture---its shape had deceived me, but it is actually quite small.

If today I got a job that required a car but was within reasonable commuting distance of the city, I would buy an xB.

The Civic I got last week was quite good too, but I still feel that sedans are just never very good city cars: they take up too much space in proportion to how much stuff you can put in them and how much visibility you get.

Next in the queue to try out: a Honda Fit and a Yaris. (That commercial where they spit on each other is just so precious.)

(I remain a huge Subaru fan, but specifically for recreational driving, which is a habit I have firmly kicked. I will probably never buy another Subaru.)

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