What kind of car do I want?

Car rentals vary in cost according to type and size of car. Smaller cars normally cost less than their bigger counterparts, although other factors like model, model year, features, and add-ons also matter. To make sure that you know what you’re getting and whether your car of choice suits your specific need, be informed about common car rental types.

Common Car Rental Types:

  • EconomyCar rentals listed under ‘Economy’ have two doors, and can fit two adults and two children. Luggage-wise, Economy cars can fit one large and one small suitcase. They are ideal for short trips for small groups. Gas mileage is between 33 and 36 mpg.

Examples: Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Aveo

  • Compact – Slightly larger than Economy class cars, compact rental cars have typically two doors but can also come with 4 doors. Its mileage is listed at 30 mpg and can fit 2 adults, 2 children, one large and two small suitcases.

Examples: Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cobalt, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa

  • Midsize – Midsize cars have four doors and larger seating capacity. They can seat 4 adults plus one child and can hold 1 large suitcase plus two small ones. Mileage is listed at 26 mpg.

Examples: Chevrolet Cruze, Nissan Sentra, Dodge Avenger, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus

  • Full-size – full-size cars have four doors and can seat a total of 5 adults. The luggage capacity is listed at two large and three small suitcases and has a gas mileage of 23 mpg.

Examples: Chevrolet Impala, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger

  • Convertible – Convertibles are car rentals that typically have the same size as economy cars but have convertible roofs and smaller luggage storage size. This 2-door option has a gas mileage listed at 21 mpg. It can hold 2 adults and 2 children, and 2 small suitcases.

Examples: Ford Mustang, Chrysler 200, Chevrolet Camaro

  • Premium – Premium car rental types feature four doors, and have a seating capacity of 5 adults plus one child. It has a storage area that can hold 3 large suitcases and 2 small suitcases. Mileage is at 21 mpg and is ideal for larger groups.

Examples: Buick LeSabre, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus LTD, Nissan Maxima, Mercury Grand Marquis, Ford Crown Victoria, Toyota Avalon

  • Luxury – Cars listed as Luxury Types have a seating capacity of 6 adults, and can hold 4 large suitcases along with 2 smaller ones. It has four doors and looks more posh than most other types. Gas mileage lists at 21 mpg.

Examples: Cadillac ATZ, Lincoln MKS, Buick Lacrosse, Lincoln MKZ, Buick Park Avenue, Grand Marquis

  • Minivan – Spacious and most ideal for traveling with kids, Minivans feature 5 doors, and can seat 8 adults. Luggage space can hold 2 large and 2 small suitcases and has mileage of 15 mpg. Examples: Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan
  • SUV – Sports Utility Vehicles have 4-doors and are typically 4×4. They feature spacious seating capacities (4 adults plus 1 child) and even larger storage that can hold 4 large suitcases plus 3 smaller ones.

Example: Ford Sport Trac, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, Nissan XTerra, Ford Escape

  • Full-size Van – These 5 door vans can hold 15 passengers but with storage space enough for 2 large suitcases only. It is a good option as a small shuttle for larger groups although it lacks all the luggage space.

Example: Ford E350, Chevrolet Express, Ford Club Wagon

Some brands of companies for car rentals offer other options like SUV Premium (e.g. Ford Explorer), Hybrids (e.g. Sonata Hybrid, Toyota Prius), and Intermediate Electric (e.g. Nissan LEAF). Check with your car rental company of choice for availability of these alternative options.

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