Some unanticipated benefits were that the car tends to get pretty dirty when you drive it a thousand-plus miles in a short stretch, cluttered up with fast food containers and whatnot -- and there's an increased risk of spills and stains. So it's nice to just let Hertz deal with all of that.
My car is like that nearly 100% of the time, so that's nothing new.
Anyway, the point is that it's perfectly reasonable to choose a vehicle that is optimized for 95% of your driving, and rent one that is optimized for the other 5%. It can actually be very cost-effective.
That's true. In my case it's more like 70:30, not 95:5. However, I'm not ever going to spend the money for anything like a Tesla. Hell, my fuel bill for the entire year would be a couple payments or less. A Leaf _might_ be an alternative for when my paid for car becomes too expensive to maintain. I'd still be worried about people stealing or fucking around with the charger since a garage is not available. I'm wondering how long it will be for the new neighbor to have the charger for their C-Max stolen or damaged. The nice bright blue "I'm charging" circle around the charge port seems like it would attract the miscreants that live around here.