Because of the distance of the LPS Conference to the airport and the distance from my hotel to the conference, I had a rental car at my disposal for the entire week I was in Houston.
I drove a Chevy Cobalt. I am not sure the model but it was a two door model, or as someone I know might put it "a one door" (refering to the number of doors on one side of the car). I actually parked next to a car while I went into a store. Upon returning to the car there was another white cobalt in the spot next to mine. It however was a larger model, a sedan.
There are many things I like about the Cobalt. It is very spunky with excellent acceleration even at 70 mph. It handles corners exceptionally well.
The car has ample room for my feet and legs. The grip on the steering wheel felt nice as well as on the automatic gear shift. I think I might actually have preferred a manual or manu-matic type transmission. However, the automatic transmission performed very well and I could only detect a shift by the subtle change in the sound of the engine.
The drivers seat was comfrotable and wide enough for my hind end.
The stereo was very nice. The controls were different than I have used previously but it was so intuitive that I had no problem navigating the menus. I was able to adjust the equalizer, change the number of stored stations, adjust the amount of speed compensated volume.
The heater and air controls were very nice and right at my finger tips. Dials are large enough to accomodate my fat finges even if they had been gloved.
The cruise control was on the steering wheel, easily set and handled freeway speeds.
The information center in the dashboard with controll from the steering wheel was very handy. I liked the information provided. It included tire pressure for each tire, ambient temperature, fuel consumption, etc. The only information it did not have was a compass (travel direction). But since I alwyas know where I am going, I was ok.
Since this was a small car, I was surprised to have ample room for my legs, feet and seat. I was not surprised to not have room for my big head. My head was pushed into the ceiling of the car. I even leaned the seat back as far as I could and still comfortably reach the steering wheel. After a day or two I finally found a lever on the side of the drivers seat that lowered the seat. Afterwhich I had a small amount of room between my head and the ceiling. However, I still could not see traffic lights very easily.
This was a nice ride and I would choose to rent it again, if given the oporutnity. Although for my head, I would probably try the sedan version.