This was my rent-a-car from last week’s California trip. To my surprise, Avis touched me up with a Ford Mustang GT Premium, a nearly $42,000 car. I’m sure for the majority of people, this would be an exciting upgrade. Avis doesn’t know, of course, about “The Appliance” or my modestly sport trimmed 2017 Subaru Impreza. I’m appreciative of Avis’ efforts, but there is certainly a mismatch of vehicle to customer.
For all the roaring and snarling of the 5.0 liter V8 engine, the Mustang didn’t have that much torque. Not if I was attempting reasonable driving on the streets of San Francisco and didn’t want to replay scenes from Death Race 2000. Though perhaps I lost a golden opportunity to re-live Steve McQueen in Bullitt.
Once I was on the open highway, the magic of the Mustang showed through. It’s an entirely impractical car, especially trying to shuttle co-workers. However, it makes for a good story. And, I suppose, Avis did end up adding a new experience to my life. After all, if I had received a Hyundai Sonata, I certainly wouldn’t have blogged about it.
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