Jan 17, 12, 1:04 pm
Ah, the 200, a perennial rental fleet favorite for both National & Hertz. :)
Jan 17, 12, 1:59 pm
I'm guessing it drives pretty similarly to the last Sebring (which I rented) since mostly cosmetic changes were made. Let me tell you - that 4000lb vehicle is a DOG when powered by the 4-cylinder. I'm not surprised the fuel economy is worse - the 4 banger had to work hard in that car.
Jan 17, 12, 2:23 pm
I think the 4-banger tips the scale at 3800 lbs, about 200 lbs less, but now that you mention it, the poor fuel economy makes sense.
I agree wholeheartedly about the changes being cosmetic, but only so many ways you can put lipstick on the proverbial pig.
Jan 24, 12, 6:37 pm
I've rented the new 200 Convertible a few times at MCO. It's not bad, yes not a race car, but it's a cruiser so it didn't really bother me. I think the V6 did the job ok. Fine for tooling around Orlando for a few days if the weather is nice. I just love convertibles. It's hardly distinguishable from the Sebring in other aspects.
One feature that they changed from the old Sebring, which severely disappointed me, is the "one touch" button for the top. On the Sebring, you could push the top button once, let it go, and it would go through the top-down operation automatically to completion (down only). They removed it, so now you have to hold the button down.
I know, not a big deal, but really makes a difference for convenience sake when I put the top down every time I drive (actually impressed me the first time I discovered it). Ah, First World problems, eh? ;)
On the plus side, the top down remote feature still works with the key--you have to press a sequence of buttons. I think it's "unlock" button once; "top" button twice and hold it down on the second press. ^