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Old 04-05-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Mechelen - Belgium
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I'm visiting Florida and the East-Coast up north upto Philadelphia this summer and would like to know what the better rental would be for me and my familiy (2 adults and 2 kids (13-15y)).
It'll be from Miami, the Keys over the everglades through Florida and then along to coast Myrtle Beach, Civil War triangle, Washington DC, Philadelphia and maybe New York.
I understand that it's no easy to compare a car with a SUV but I just need enough space, comfort and fuel economy but also some fun.

Any advise is appreciated,
Thx from Frank
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I personally would prefer the Impala over the Durango, but I am more a car guy than an SUV guy.

Have rented an Impala in the last year or so and was favorably impressed for what it is (plain-vanilla 4-door sedan). DW and I, and another couple, all I would say "normal size" people, rode around in the Impala all over Palo Alto, it was a decent car for this duty, the A/C was good, it rode OK and was not awkward in city traffic (such traffic as you get in Palo Alto).

The Impala will probably burn like 2/3 the gas of the Durango.

Chrysler's rep or lack thereof for reliability to me is so bad I would hesitate to rent one for a big trip like this

Are you planning to rent in FL and then turn the car in in NY? You definitely need to work that out in advance, the rental companies may charge you more (or if you are lucky may want to move the car there so may give you a break)
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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go with the durango it has more room and space to strech out in
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Old 04-05-2010, 04:45 PM
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Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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Get the Impala. Huge trunk, big backseat and decent highway fuel mileage.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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The Durango will cost you big time in gas compared to the Impala.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:58 PM
 
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Having not owed an SUV until the end of 2008 I find that I prefer driving it simply because I can see more of what's going on around me. You should take your expected luggage to a dealer and see how well it fits in the back of both vehicles.

Combined mileage for the low end of each is 16 for the Durango and 22 for the Impala.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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go with the durango it has more room and space to strech out in
That could be a good point if the OP is a big guy, or if the kids are big/tall.

The 4 of us in the Impala in Palo Alto were all of more or less "normal" size - guys 5'10" to 6', gals 5'5" to 5'2" - or to use metric units all well under 2 meters tall.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Not in Indiana, but bleed Hoosier blood
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I put my vehicle in service one time, and they gave me an Impala as a loner car. I must say, that car was the biggest P.O.S. i have ever driven. The interior was very plain, the car had no power, and when you would hit the gas peddel hard, the front of the car would wonder all over the place. The car seemed like it was slammed together at the factory. On the plus side side, the trunk was HUGE and lots of space in the car.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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The Impala is surprisingly roomy and an all around good car. My Grandama (lol I know) swears by them and just got a 2009 model not too far back, so far so good.

I would recommend going down to your local Chevrolet and Dodge dealership and sit in both of them to make sure the whole family is comfortable. Whichever one is more comfortable, there ya go. The Impala is going to obviously be better on gas though. Hopefully Chrysler has done something with their seats lately, my buddies 2008 Ram's seats are enough to make you develop back problems.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Impala. The Durango is cumbersome and fuel thirsty.
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