Driving it in the canyons certainly surprised me, especially after loathing it upon leaving the airport, and though it wasn't great the alternatives looked far worse. It most certainly could have been better (add: V8, manual trans., etc.), but being that I should have been trying to quell body roll, understeer, and torque steer behind the wheel something the likes of a Jetta/Civic/Corolla, the Camaro was a treat as a rental. Occasional paddles-to-transmission lethargic disconnect may or may not have caused an accidental mid-super-slow-corner downshift into first gear once or twice, but let's be real: it was just a rental, and I paid for all of the insurance. And despite the onslaught of full-throttle blasts on my switchback-laden self-proclaimed race track, along with the nonstop cornering as if it was a timed run in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, somehow the car managed to do about 250 miles on only ~$30 worth of gas, credit to about 200 of such cruising at the highway's speed limit in top gear on low-rolling-resistance tires...not bad MPG considering the way I
Skewed the way of the mountain, off-road trail, and yes, the snowstorm, Colorado's car culture is among the most unique- and best- I've experienced. It contributes to the snowy, woodsy, rough feel and adds a bit of charm that, for me at least, can't be found elsewhere. People here understand their compromised 4WD SUVs as utilitarian, opportunity-enabling, and simply better for their region. But this isn't to disregard the appeal of the street-going car: the roads are otherworldly, and that Pikes Peak is barely hours away speaks more than words can. Perhaps it was the Rocky Mountain High, perhaps it was specific to where I was, perhaps it was all actually as real as it seemed; Colorado is a stunningly beautiful thing, and it's car culture definitely played a part in my enjoyment and comfort there. I'll be back...
All pictures taken by myself (on a Samsung Galaxy S6) and are unedited. The severe lack of 4Runner/4x4 pictures is simply because I was too busy looking at them in shock as another and another and another drove by. I even started pointing them out...just ask my girlfriend.