In 2015 Heidi and I spent a lot of time in rental cars, mainly because it was fun. It started way back at the start of the year when it was raining and ruined our plans for the day. We had a free day and within 20 minutes of getting up, we had a free day rental booked for the same day and off we went to pick it up. That tradition continued throughout the year and any time we wanted to go for a road trip somewhere for the day, we would grab a rental and get something fun, and new.
So let's look back at those 12 rentals that I had during 2015 and figure out which one was best. (A side note that Heidi likes to name cars, so we kept the tradition going in naming the car after something that kind of fit. Our rental car during our honeymoon was called Spartan because it was a Chrysler 300. Like the movie.... 300 ;)... ok back to it).
First up was "Ghost" the 2014 Dodge Challenger
Pretty decent car, Heidi's first Challenger. I still think that if i had to get a 2 door coupe, this would be it. Prefer this over a Camaro or a Mustang.
Next up was a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, Heidi named it Crater (all my photos point to the name of Moby... but you know, go with the wife).
Pretty good drive, fully loaded, but the gas tank on this thing was HUGE!
Next up was a 2015 Ford Explorer Limited... meet Clarke
Named after one of the famous explorers in the PNW. Not a bad car at all, pretty comfy for 4 people.
Next up was Sled a 2014 Camaro
The Camaro was not to bad, but it was basic basic and we had some problems with it because it was filthy!
Next up was another Challenger, this time a 2015 and we called it Gary (i don't remember why).
Pretty decent upgrades over the 2014, still love it!
Keeping up with the SUV theme for the year... take this new Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Because it was a Chereokee it got a slightly racist name of Kemosabie
Pretty decent car, again fully loaded and comfortable to drive!
Then there was the Dodge Durango, I wanted to get one of these before it was finished.
Because this one was rented on my own in LAX with my friends... no name. Still liked the car, it was fully loaded (including remote start).
When i headed out to Oklahoma I ended up with a 2015 Altima, it was not a bad car, but it was not really what I wanted. Again this time had problems, but National came through in the end.
When we headed out to Spokane in Early October, we ended up with this guy...
Meet Troy our new 2015 Chrysler 300. Not as loaded as others, but still pretty well set up. Enjoyed this car, well worth it!
One car I had been wanting to try all year was a GMC Acadia. I had turned down the chance to take one on our honeymoon and took the 300 instead. So we took Joan for our weekend roadtrip to Portland.
The car wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. I just wasn't all that thrilled with it compared to a Durango (same class).
Car #11 was Shiny, a new 2016 Ford Explorer.
We took this out to the Tri Cities area and I was really happy with it. If I had the choice of an Explorer or an Acadia, the Explorer would win.
Our last car of the year was one that I didn't really get to pick. When you pick up from a Downtown location, you often don't get a choice and this is what we go.
Meet Matthew the Lincoln MKX. Not a bad car, not fantastic either. Pretty basic for a "luxury" car maker.
All in all the years worth of cars was pretty good. I don't think we will end up with the same amount of rentals this year, but the free days were fun. We paid for a couple of rentals, and got a few freebies as well. It sure was a lot of fun. Looking back, my favorite cars over 2015 would have to have been the Durango, the Jeep and the 300. I do still love Challengers and the one we had in Vegas confirmed that fact. But National has been good to me in 2015, let's see what 2016 brings!