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Jake’s Rotten Rental Car Reviews: 2011 Chevrolet Impala

Juxtaposed. Snoop Dogg does not approve

“Top dolla with the gold flea colla, dippin in my blue Impala?” Well, mine was silver, for one, but this car was so unbelievably mundane that I can’t help but thinking that Snoop Dogg would’ve shaken his head in disgust at this boat sharing the Impala name.

Welcome back to Jake’s Rotten Rental Car Reviews, where our road warrior hoon reviews the cars he encounters on the road: some great, some janky, and some just plain stanky. … Continue Reading

Jake’s Rotten Rental Car Review: 2011 Volvo S40

Sometimes, in the right place and at the right time, something relatively mundane and ordinary can transcend ordinary and jump straight to hilariously entertaining.

Yes, you read right. I’m back again after a long hiatus with another review from rental car hell, or, in this case, rental car nirvana. You wouldn’t think that a Volvo S40 could inspire such a strong statement, but I guess I need to unpack that a little more.

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Jake’s Rotten Rental Car Reviews: 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

Few cars are bad enough that putting a dead hooker in the trunk would somehow improve them. The Chevy Cobalt I drove recently was one of them.

Welcome back to another installment of Jacob’s Rotten Rental Car Reviews, the recurring series here on the Redusernab where our resident road-warrior hoon documents the foibles of rental cars all over. This week’s loser is a cherry red Chevy Cobalt, and when I say I would have rather had chlamydia than drive this car for a week, I do not exaggerate.

Returning again to Shreveport for a business trip with about a hundred coworkers, I should have known I was in for rental car hell. … Continue Reading

Jake’s Rotten Rental Car Reviews: 2011 Kia Sorento


I literally never thought I’d say these words in my life, but I drove a Kia…and it was a damn good car.

Welcome back to another edition of Jake’s Rotten Rental Car Reviews, where we road test the finest cars that the airport rental lots have to offer. Today’s lucky winner was the Kia Sorento.

After arriving at the National lot in Sacramento, staring down the barrel of a three hour drive to Fresno, comfort was key. … Continue Reading

Jake’s Rotten Rental Car Reviews- 2011 Chrysler 300


Welcome to a new recurring series here on the Redusernab. My name is Jake, and yes, I am the maniac who nominated the BMW 335d for car of the year last year.

In the way of background information, when I’m not messing around on the podcast from time to time, I travel a lot for my job (project manager for a medical software company). As a result, I’ve had ample experience demoing the best that Enterprise and National rent-a-car have to offer in their rental fleets. Or the best and worst, as it were. So, without further ado, I present the first installment of Jake’s rotten rental car reviews.

While visiting Shreveport, Louisiana, I had my first opportunity in a while to stop at the National desk and ask for the keys to whatever they had in the lot. Luckily for me, I suppose, it was a slow weekend (since nobody really visits Shreveport for a weekend getaway), and I got handed the keys to an “executive premium upgrade.” After clicking the alarm button, I was legitimately excited to see that I’d been handed the keys to a brand new 300. Not the C, mind you, but there wasn’t a cloth seat in sight, and I hoped I’d get to test the much-vaunted eight-speed transmission and the other “refinements” Chrysler claimed they’d made in the new model.

First impressions were somewhat mixed, though. … Continue Reading

Chicago Auto Show 2011 Roundup: The Rest

Jacob Friedman February 14, 2011 Car Shows

The majority of the Chicago Show’s premieres came courtesy of the Big Three and Hyundai, but the other manufacturers on display had a wide range of cars to show off.

The big news from the Acura stand was the introduction of the 2012 TL, yet another facelift for the TL. However, little has changed styling-wise, and it’s undeniably a challenge to distinguish between the two (hint: the new model has slightly lower headlights). The interior adds a few small features to catch up with the Audis and Infinitis of the class, but not much has changed. … Continue Reading

Chicago Auto Show 2011 Roundup: Hyundai and Kia

Jacob Friedman February 14, 2011 In General


Hyundai came out swinging at the Chicago Auto Show, making a bold statement of sporting intent with two new cars.

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Chicago Auto Show 2011 Round-up: Chrysler

Jacob Friedman February 14, 2011 In General


With all of the hype behind Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad, the pressure is on for the company to deliver on their promise that they know luxury. The company’s showing at the Chicago Auto Show suggests that a turnaround may be on the cards, but also that the company has a ways to go.

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Chicago Auto Show 2011 Round-up: Ford

Jacob Friedman February 14, 2011 Car Shows


Ford’s offerings at the Chicago Auto Show were varied to say the least. While the company’s entire range was on show, Ford was particularly keen to show off the newest vehicles.

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Chicago Auto Show 2011 Round-up: GM

Jacob Friedman February 14, 2011 Car Shows


While GM’s stands at the Chicago Auto Show didn’t offer much in the way of new concept vehicles, the company showed a strong line-up of new production models paired with a new, more powerful Camaro.

On the Cadillac stand, the focal point of their display was undeniably the CTS-V range. On the floor, the company had placed two CTS-V sedans and two CTS-V wagons (including one in Diamond Black with full tint and black wheels), with a CTS-V coupe on a turntable above the others. … Continue Reading

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