Last week I had the pleasure to drive around in an Infiniti Q60. My good fortune is attributed to landing really late at night and there not being any other cars in the Hertz lot and my Presidents Circle status. One of the things that are crazy about Japanese cars is their branding. Lots of letters and numbers in the title so when you talk to someone it sounds like you’re a scientist or something. Even I have a hard time telling people what it is I rented since it doesn’t have a cool name that stands out, just a model number for the most part.
Anyway, this car was really FAST! It had a 3.0 turbo under the hood but since I had to drive on Long Island and the LIE, there was no where to really test out all the muscle under the hood. This car is truly wasted in the NY Metro area since the speed limit is 55mph, there are cops everywhere, and the pot holes in the road just ruin the otherwise very smooth ride. I will say that climbing hills was a lot of fun, just slam on the gas and zip up to the top and leave the little Hyundai tailgating me in the dust! I don’t know how many gears the transmission had but it had a nice manual mode which is also wasted in NY Metro and I appreciated that it wasn’t paddle shifters but the actual floor shifter that is used to move from gear to gear.
As with most sports cars, the interior is cramped but at least the trunk was big enough to hold my backpack and my rollerboard suitcase with ease unlike the Camero SS convertible I had that one time in California. There IS a feature to have a map but since the SD card with the map data isn’t in the car it just showed a blank screen, slightly annoying and there was also no CarPlay. I had my phone mount which made it not so bad but the infotainment needs an update to support CarPlay or Android Auto. I guess overall not a bad car as a rental but I still wouldn’t buy one myself. Surprisingly I still like running around in my Honda Accord or Honda Odyssey than most of the cars that I end up renting. Too bad Hertz doesn’t invest in Honda’s as rental cars, I think a lot of people would like renting those cars compared to some of the ones they offer currently.
I wonder what car I’ll be able to rent this week….. another Chevy Malibu or Impala perhaps? At least those have CarPlay 🙂