In a few days, my Saturn SL1 will turn 11 years old. And it’s still going strong. I don’t drive it nearly as much since moving to the D.C. area five years ago, but at 112,000+ miles, the car still impresses me.

Yesterday, for instance, I filled it up with gas having driven it further than ever before on a single tank of gas. My previous recorded distance on a single tank was 340 miles. Yesterday, when I filled the car up, I had driven 353 miles. I put 9.8 gallons of gas in the car, and if you do the math, that’s 36 miles to the gallon I am getting in my 11 year old car. That seems far better than most cars being made today.

I’m proud of my Saturn. It may not have all of the fancy bells and whistles of more contemporary automobiles (I have neither power windows, nor power locks, for instance), but what it lacks character it makes up for in reliability and mileage economy. If I ever need to get another car, Saturn would be the first place I looked.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.