Car rental companies use a variety of classifications to describe their rental vehicles. But what do they mean? Here are six of the general car rental categories, and what you can expect to get when you rent a vehicle in each one:
These are small vehicles, usually meant to hold no more than four people and not much luggage. Economy cars generally get good gas mileage and are a cost-effective way of travelling if you’re trying to keep costs down or save a few bucks. An example of an economy car might be a Mazda 2, or similar vehicle.
Think of a Toyota Yaris, or similar type vehicle when you think about a Compact car. You’ll easily fit four people and a little bit of luggage. Many people pick this type of vehicle for their good mileage and cost efficiency. Parking a compact car is easy and with many cities having small parking spaces, you won’t have to worry about fitting into a tight spot.
These cars will comfortably hold five people, and some luggage. But with more cargo space and a bigger car, comes a bigger cost. Fuel economy will be slightly lower than in a smaller car. A standard size car is a good choice is you’ve got a long drive ahead of you and you don’t want to be cramped in a smaller vehicle. A Chevrolet Cruze is a great example of this class of cars.
For those looking for the optimal amount of comfort, a full-size car will give you that and so much more. Cars like Chevrolet Malibu or a Kia Optima are part of the full-size category. With a large trunk that can hold your luggage, you’ll benefit from the plentiful storage capacity, as well as the ample leg room. For long distance trips, or trips that require you to sit in the car for a long period of time, a full-size car will provide space for everyone.
An SUV is a great alternative if you’re travelling on rough roads or going on an outdoor adventure. Vehicles like a Kia Sportage are great for trips where you’re bringing all your camping gear or sporting equipment along. It will hold up to five people and all their gadgets as well.
If you need a vehicle for a lot of people, a minivan is a good alternative. With seating for up to seven people, you can drive everyone at the same time and only have to find parking for one vehicle. There’s even cargo space for up to about four pieces of luggage so it’s more than capable of accommodating the whole family. A Dodge Grand Caravan is a typical example for this class of rental vehicle.
No matter what type of vehicle you want to rent, shop around and look for deals. But be careful – it’s not always the best choice to pick the cheapest choice. Make sure you’re comfortable with your decision before you sign the rental contract.