Rent A Wheel Review

rent a wheel review

  • A formal assessment or examination of something with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary

  • look at again; examine again; "let's review your situation"

  • A critical appraisal of a book, play, movie, exhibition, etc., published in a newspaper or magazine

  • A periodical publication with critical articles on current events, the arts, etc

  • an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)

  • reappraisal: a new appraisal or evaluation

  • Used in reference to the cycle of a specified condition or set of events

  • a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)

  • A circular object that revolves on an axle and forms part of a machine

  • steering wheel: a handwheel that is used for steering

  • change directions as if revolving on a pivot; "They wheeled their horses around and left"

  • A circular object that revolves on an axle and is fixed below a vehicle or other object to enable it to move easily over the ground

  • Pay someone for the use of (something, typically property, land, or a car)

  • lease: grant use or occupation of under a term of contract; "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"

  • (of an owner) Let someone use (something) in return for payment

  • a payment or series of payments made by the lessee to an owner for use of some property, facility, equipment, or service

  • let for money; "We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad"

  • Be let or hired out at a specified rate

I don't care anymore...

I don't care anymore...

I rented this car last month and scribbled a mini-review of it, but when I got to the end, I realized that it could have been a review of almost any small sedan on the market. It got me thinking… and I’ve decided this will be the last car I rent for a while. It’s just not worth it anymore.

There’s a reason so many complain that ‘new cars are all the same these days’. It’s because new cars are all the same these days. Yes, there are minor differences in some areas, yet the basics are all but identical, and it’s hard to find something truly different in any major respect. They're not "bad" - in fact, they're generally quite good - they're just the same.

This car was pretty quiet. It was comfortable and easy to drive. The stereo was decent and it got good gas mileage. It’ll last a decade easy, probably two if maintained right. I could say the exact same things about dozens and dozens of other sedans on the market right now. Seriously, except for extremes and specialty cars, everything is virtually identical. This could have been a Corolla. Or a Jetta. An Elantra or a Cruze. Perhaps a really tall Civic. It doesn’t matter – once you’re behind the wheel, you can’t tell the difference.

To make matters worse, I can’t really say this is a golden age for cars right now. New generation cars used to be better than the ones they replaced. Always. It was just the rule of thumb - technological progress, progressive improvement. The new model was faster, quieter, smoother, better-handling, etc, etc. Well, that system is gone, at least for the time being. In many respects (fuel economy and a couple minor other things excepted) development of the automobile seems to have reached a plateau. The improvement from a 1990 model car to a 2000 model car is much larger than the improvement from a 2000 car to a 2010 car. So, the only place they have to go is down.

I could tell by the quality of the interior in Versa that the model was conceived in the pre-cheapening era (which from my calculations started around 2007, but didn’t gain momentum until ‘09 and ’10), but I’m sure Nissan has already drawn up the blueprints for a crappy, hollowed out replacement that's even more similar to all those other sedans out there... if that's even possible.

The car world of 2011 is one of homogenous vehicles on a downward spiral, with each new generation of car a step backwards from the last. So, what do I have to be enthusiastic about?



Nicole and Maureen performing her "Over the Moon" protest piece in our production of RENT: School Edition.

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