17 Best Cars to Rent: Based on Stats and Expert Reports

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Whether you are planning on a cross-state adventure or just renting a car in a new city, picking a rental car does not have to be hard. Here we will talk about the best cars to rent for every adventure, climate, and terrain.   

Four Door Sedans 

Four Door Sedans are great city cars. They are usually spacious enough to fit a family of four or sometimes five, and small enough to get around the small city streets. Here are some of our favorite four-door sedans.  

Mazda3 Mazda3

If you want a fun adventure car, the Mazda3 is perfect. This car has amazing acceleration and quick handling. The front seat of the Mazda 3 is spacious, which makes it the perfect vacationing car for couples and small families. The back seat can be a bit cramped but works well for smaller kids. Parents will also love the long list of safety features, which include rain-sensing windshield wipers and stop-and-go cruise control.   

Toyota Camry Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is another great family car. It can hook up to both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which makes setting up Bluetooth a breeze for either type of user. It has a great powerful engine and is amazing on gas. The safety features include Safety Sense-P suite, which includes cruise control and pedestrian detection.  

Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is one of the best rental cars for the gas mileage, getting about 41 miles to the gallon on the highway. This makes the Elantra one of the best cars for a cross-state or country adventure. Both the back and front seat are comfortable and roomy, which makes it perfect for a travelling family. Parents will love some of the safety features, like the brake assistance and the lane keep assist. There is also Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port.  

Chevrolet Impala  Chevrolet Impala

If you want even more room, you can not beat the space in the Chevrolet Impala. This is a great rental car for either families or a group of adults. The rear seats are particularly spacious, and the trunk is larger than most four door sedans. While it does have a lower fuel economy, it makes up in its space and accessories. It does have smartphone integration and three USB ports for charging.  

Toyota Corolla 

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has been a common option at car rental companies for many years now, but more recently in 2020 the Toyota Corolla got a complete redesign. The new Corolla includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and many other safety features including traffic sign recognition. The Corolla is also a good car for fuel economy, making it a great car for the longer car rentals.  

Chevy Sonic 

The Chevy Sonic is a great compact car. The front seats are comfortable while the back seat is easy to get in and out of. This would be a great car for a family with smaller kids. The Chevy Sonic Ford Mustang for the Coastal Drive 

Ford Mustang 

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang may not be the practical choice but is certainly a fun and stylish ride, and it is ranked high in sports cars. This would be the perfect car to see the coastlines of California and Hawaii. This is another good car for the vacationing couple, as the front seats are spacious, but the back seats are better left for suitcases and shopping bags. Most rental car companies will have the standard Mustang, but that is equipped with a turbo-four EcoBoost English with 310 horsepower.  

Chevy Bolt EV 

If you are environmentally conscious, but still want to hit the road, the Chevy Bolt EV may be the perfect car for you. This is a fully electric car that gets 259 miles on one full charge. It could be perfect for getting around town or taking day trips to other small adventures. For an electric car, there is plenty of cargo space for all your camping gear or overnight luggage.  



If you have a bigger group, want more space, or plan on driving on different terrain, then renting an SUV might be a great option for you. Here we will talk about the best SUVs to rent for different occasions and groups. 


Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is the perfect cross-country vehicle. This vehicle is spacious, efficient, and equipped with enough comforts for everyone. The XC90 has enough room for each person in your group plus great storage in the trunk. It includes the latest technology, like touchscreen entertainment system and a top-of-the-line sound system. The ride is smooth, no matter what terrain your adventure may take you on.  

Audi A4 Allroad Audi A4 Allroad

If you plan on adventuring to the snowy mountains or traveling to snowy areas during the Winter, then the Audi A4 Allroad may be the perfect SUV for you to rent. This vehicle is looks to be part station wagon part SUV. It is similar to Audi’s A4 Avant, with their raised clearance, perfect for snowy terrain. However, the A4 Allroad has a Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which allows the vehicle to easily drive through snow, rain, and slush. The A4 Allroad is spacious enough for everyone and their belongings, and the vehicle’s four-cylinder turbocharged engine means less stopping for gas.  

Jeep Wrangler Jeep Wrangler

Renting a Jeep Wrangler will open the doors to so many more adventures. These vehicles come in many different configurations, including two door or four doors, and even removable roofs and doors for the serious off-roading experience. Wranglers are stocked with large tires, high suspension, and 4x4 four-wheel drive, all which make the Wrangler the perfect vehicle for any terrain your adventures may find. The is the perfect vehicle to rent for the mountains, country, and national parks.  

Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee provides both adventure and a luxury SUV. This is a perfect SUV for families that may want to do a bit of off-roading after large stints on the highway. This is a great vehicle to explore the mountains and national parks. It drives smooth, has all the technology you would want, and can handle almost anything that comes its way.  

Ford Expedition 

Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is the perfect SUV for the larger group or family. It has plenty of room with its spacious cargo and third row seats. It has some great safety equipment, like pedestrian detection and rear cross-traffic alert.  This would be a great vehicle to rent for long road trips with bigger groups but may be hard to maneuver in crowded cities.  

Subaru Outback Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is another great family and group vehicle. The Outback includes a large cargo space and plenty of leg room for even those in the back seat. It includes smartphone integration for both Android and Apple phones, which allows drivers to connect to navigation or music. The safety technology is great with automatic emergency breaking and rear seat reminder. This is the perfect vehicle for the long-haul drive or just getting around town.  

Kia Soul 

Kia Soul

The Kia Soul has plenty of room and storage in its boxy interior. The vehicles comfortable seats and roomy backseat make it a great, smooth ride for everyone. The Kia Soul has smartphone integration, which allows drivers to hook up their phone for navigation and entertainment. One safety feature, which some parents may enjoy, is the backseat reminder for passengers and cargo. This could come in handy when you are jet-lagged or tired after a long flight.  

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum

If you are traveling through national parks, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum is the perfect vehicle for everyone. The massive sunroof gives everyone in the vehicle epic views of nature and the night sky. The Highlander is spacious enough for the whole family plus everyone’s luggage.  

Toyota Sienna 

The Toyota Sienna is the perfect family vehicle for the camping trip or cross-country adventure. The spacious cabin gives everyone in the group plenty of space to relax, while the back cargo offers a ton of space for everything your group may need for their adventure. The third-row option can easily fit a family or group of six. Parent will enjoy the safety features, which include Toyota’s Safety Sense features and all-wheel drive. 


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