This Week's Rental - 2014 Fiat 500L

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This week's travel brought me to the Trinity Site and White Sands Missile Range in a remote part of New Mexico, around 100 miles from Albuquerque. When I arrived at the Albuquerque International Sunport (that's what they call it) and proceeded to Hertz, I noticed dozens of 500Ls waiting to be driven. I typically have to rent in the Focus category per corporate policy. The 500L is in that group, and awaiting me in my slot was the black car you see above. By the way, the Trinity Site is where the original atomic bombs were tested.

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Was the car a bomb? Not really. It had pretty good pep, though it has noticeable turbo-lag. It cruised easily at 80 mph down I-25. It felt a lot more powerful than my former 2012 Ford Fiesta SE.

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It's an odd looking car. It's sort of endearing, but I vacillate between it being ugly, but maybe in a Steve Buscemi kind of way. He's not really ugly, just quirky looking.

The interior cavernous, at least in height. I felt like a child in it. I'm 5'11", so I'm not short, but I just felt like the little old lady in the Wendy's commercial ordering a hamburger at the drive through.

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The interior was so-so. The seats seemed fine until about 50 miles into the trip when my leg started to really have some pain. It's fairly cheap on the inside, the steering wheel is rubber and the seats were a rough polyesterish clothe. The UConnect was brilliant though. Way better than Ford's Sync.

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As an around town car, I'm sure it would be just fine. I cannot see myself every buying one, but for a rental it passes muster. As long as I don't have to drive an additional 100 miles in it.

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