5. Washington, D.C.
Number of car-sharing locations:
Columbia Heights, Capitol Hill, Downtown
Sure, the Metro works just fine for the average commute, but this is a town with a reputation to keep. The cabs here work just fine too, but that didn't prevent D.C. residents from flipping the concept on its head by embracing
, the online car service that will send a black, luxurious bit of rolling awesome to pick you up anywhere in the city. It's a similar situation with car-sharing services, which can be more convenient than waiting for a train that doesn't go directly to your destination and less costly than a car service. Car2go, for example, offers free parking at any meter in D.C. as one of its key perks, which is no small deal in a town where parking's at a premium as it is. Granted, Car2go Smart cars are big white-and-blue Car2go ads, but that's secondary to a cheap, efficient and -- most importantly -- punctual little splurge.