I had Fiat, Chev and Mitsubishi rentals last year when my car was getting worked on. Guy at rental car place mentioned that a few manufacturers only allow same brand rental aka got a Chev rental must be Chev only... he added Mazda doesn't and customers always just can't wait to get their Mazda back.
not necessarily a bad business practice. It makes you realize just what all Mazda gives you for that price.
I travel frequently for work... well, at least I have been this year. The lack of effort that some of the car companies put in to their base models baffles me. I know a base model car is supposed to be pretty basic. Some times it just amazes me at how basic they can be, even in this day and age. I've had cars from Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Chevy, VW, Jeep, and Kia this year and some are definitely a lot nicer than others. I've had cars that don't even have as much as an Aux port. I get that bluetooth isn't a standard thing for all cars, but this day and age, I'd at least expect an aux port. I'm pretty sure the Kia Optima I drove had a 4-speaker stereo. I've never seen so many blank panel covers in a car before. I'm actually surprised it had power windows. I haven't even begun to mention the seat (dis)comfort or the steering in some of these cars.
I've not had a car that has made me feel disappointed to go back to my Mazda 3. Every time I get home, I'm glad I get to drive my 3 again. There have been a few nice ones, but my thought has always been "not bad" or "alright". Nothing "great" or "awesome".