On my trip to NYC this week I used Toyota Highlander and Ford Escape Hybrid(in photo below) taxis. The city is phasing them out for the Nissan NV200 that I wrote about here
But one taxi driver I talked to is in no hurry to make the switch. His 2009 Escape has racked up 400,000 miles (I had to triple check he did not say 40,000). His colleague and he drive it 22 hours a day. He gets it serviced every 2 weeks and inspected every 4 months.
He had a GPS unit and a smartphone going. The TV was playing non stop and and the credit card reader must get used countless times a day as more passengers use credit cards.
All in all I was in awe of the 34 square miles called Manhattan which allow for stress testing such an unbelievably productive vehicle.
Photo Credit Wikipedia