I don't really have anything particular to write about today. My back is still unknotting itself from my road trip. I rented a car because I don't trust my own car on an 800 mile road trip unless MacGyver is with me.
The car I rented was a Toyota Yaris. I've rented one before when I was visiting family in the DC area. On the outside, the Yaris looks like any other compact sedan. Nothing special. But oh my goodness are they roomy on the inside! The dashboard seems to go on forever, partially because the gauges are actually in the center of the dash, leaving your eye to gaze on an open dash as you look out through the windshield. The backseat is so roomy that even my 6'4" brother-in-law could be comfortable sitting back there! There's plenty of room up front on the passenger side as well. The driver's area is a little snug but that was probably because I am short and, therefore, had the seat pulled all the way up.
Given the fact that it was a 4-cylinder automatic, I didn't expect great things on the performance side and I wasn't surprised. However, it does handle speed quite smoothly, as evinced by the fact that I hit the highway going about 105 mph when I really didn't think I was going much faster than 75mph (the speed limit). I'm used to my well-used 6-cylinder stick shift - you KNOW when you're going that fast. You feel it in every bone in your body - she's not really a smooth ride. But the Yaris is! And the gas mileage...oh, the gas mileage! I was averaging close to 36mpg, which is impressive since my average mph was probably well above what is ideal for best mpg.
My only complaint about the Yaris (besides the fact that the one I had was a 4-cylinder automatic) has more to do with ME and less to do with the car: it didn't 'fit' me very well. I couldn't get the upper part
of the seat close enough to the steering wheel to be able to steer with my arm muscles which meant I had to use more shoulder/trapezius muscle which left me tight and grumpy by the end of my drive. Had I positioned the upper part of the seat close enough to where I could bend my elbows and steer more with my arm muscles, I'd be sitting at less than a 90° angle which is silly. Thankfully, I have a good chiropractor.
So it looks like this post today winds up being a review of the Toyota Yaris. Not a bad car. Not sure I'd buy one but for people taller than me with longer arms, it would be a good buy. Oh, and I love Enterprise Car Rental - they are fantastic. I don't think - in 20 years of renting cars - I've ever had a negative experience with them.