- 2.4L 4-cyl engine (180-hp, 172 ft-lb), 6-speed automatic transmission; 0-60 mph ~ 9.5 seconds (TTAC)
- 22/28 (city/hwy) mpg fuel economy
- Regular gas
- 56.4 cubic feet trunk volume (2nd row seats down); 29.2 cubic feet trunk volume (2nd row seats up)
- Power windows, heated mirrors, locks
- Manual tilt & telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control buttons
- 8-way power driver’s seat, manual passenger’s seat, heated, leather
- Automatic headlights
- Power sunroof
- Single zone automatic HVAC
- Rearview camera with rear parking sensors
- 10 speaker audio with AM/FM/CD/MP3 (3 month Sirius subscription)
- Inputs: Aux, Bluetooth, USB, OnStar
- 60/40 split folding rear seats
- Cruise control
- LTZ trim is well-equipped
- Audio system helps drown out road noises
- Rock hard dashboard
- Seats are too hard
- Noisy engine
- Harsh ride
CONCLUSION: GM has assembled the “perfect” rental car. If you’re forced to rent one, try and get the LTZ trim.
You know how your mother always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all?” Well, fortunately my mother never told me not to not say anything bad about rental cars such as the Captiva. Yes, CRR readers, I took one for the team on this rental. It’s no secret that Captivas populate the fleets en masse at all the rental agencies; they are the SUV of Chevy Impalas. Well, one day I was driven in a bout of temporary insanity to try a Captiva. Afterall, how bad can it be?
The Captiva is currently a fleet-only vehicle. It used to exist as the Saturn Vue, until that company’s demise. It’s mechanically identical to the European Opel Antara. And to think that the concept Opel Antara GTC was once a good looking vehicle! GM has assembled the perfect rental vehicle; it’s a hodge-podge of a dated exterior design and an exceptionally cheap interior and powertrain.
There is a slight silver lining however. Captivas are plentiful in LS trim, but a large number of top-of-the-line LTZ trim Captivas can be found at most rental agencies, moreso at National Car Rental.
This particular Chevy Captiva Sport LTZ, with no other options, had an as-rented MSRP of $29,685. Not cheap, I hope rental agencies are receiving a substantial discount!
If you’re forced to rent a Captiva, then try and snag an LTZ trim vehicle. The LTZs are surprisingly well equipped, with a 10-speaker audio system, heated leather seats, a rearview camera with rear parking sensors, and a power sunroof. The rearview camera was an unexpected bonus; like many other GM vehicles, the rearview display is shown on the left corner of the rearview mirror when the car is shifted into reverse.
The interior dashboard comprised what seemed liked the hardest materials mined on Earth. I did like the idea of three large HVAC vents occupying the center stack, and what appeared to be a James Bond-esque ejection/hazard lights button. The 10-speaker audio system sounded decent; there might even have been a trunk mounted subwoofer, but the bass was negligible. The leather seats looked and sounded promising, but in reality seemed to be made of rock. Especially the headrests.
The Ecotec engine was noisy and not particularly fast, but at least the engine noises can be drowned out by cranking up the volume on the audio system. The seats folded down easily for decent cargo space.
I’m probably being too harsh on the Captiva. It might not be the sexiest, most comfortable intermediate SUV rental, but it got the job done (maybe with a little extra complaining thrown in for good measure).
For more information on the 2013 Chevy Captiva Sport LTZ, please refer to the manufacturer’s website here: