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Dec 22, 2005 - 6:24:00 PM - Print

Car Rentals: Understanding the Difference between Rental Car Sizes

When going through the process of renting a vehicle, one step in the process involves the selection of a rental based upon the class of vehicle. What do all those terms mean anyway? Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an intermediate car and a full size vehicle? Then this article is a great place to start when looking to uncover the answer.

Economy Car

Economy cars are the smallest of the rental car choices. These are also the most fuel efficient, which has made them an increasingly popular choice in recent months. While economy cars appeal to the gas budget conscious they do not hold as much favor with the space/room conscious. Economy cars generally accommodate four adults and one small bag, one medium bag and one large suitcase (leg room and stretching room not included). These cars can come in either a 2 or 4-door version and a Hyundai Accent or Ford Focus is an example of economy car used by many rental car companies.

Compact Car

Compact rental cars are a bit larger than economy sized rental cars. This compact car fits 5 people and can accommodate 2 small bags, 2 medium bags and 1 large suitcase. The Chevrolet Cobalt is one example of a compact car that you may receive if you book this size vehicle at the rental agency.

Intermediate Car

The next step up after the compact size car is the intermediate size rental car. This class of vehicle fits 5 individuals and has room for the same amount of luggage as the compact rental car. The Hyundai Sonata or Pontiac G6 may be your rental car if you choose to go with the intermediate size vehicle. The full size vehicle, such as a Ford Taurus or Chevrolet Impala, is the next size up and it is a great family car. It also holds 5 individuals but has enough room in the car for two large suitcases as opposed to the intermediate class of vehicle which only has enough storage room for one suitcase of that size. If stretching room and leg room are a priority, this is probably the class you want to look at for the most comfortable travel experience.

Other Options

If you are looking for a higher end rental car, then the premium or luxury class is what you should request. When asking for either of these vehicles you may be renting a Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Car or Buick LeSabre. These cars fit 5 or 6 individuals at one time and have enough space for 3 small bags, 2 medium bags and 3 large suitcases. If luxury is what you are looking for, then this class of car may be your best bet.

Lastly, there are a few other types of vehicles which you can choose to rent such as SUVs, Mini Vans or convertibles. The passenger and luggage capacity vary from vehicle to vehicle but these types of cars have their own unique features which may be exactly what you are looking for in a rental car. These types of vehicles are not widely available so if you’d like to rent from this group be sure to do your homework to avoid disappointment.

Keep in mind that each rental car company has their own selection with regard to vehicle makes and models. If you are looking for a specific type of vehicle, use the Internet to peruse the specific rental company website or give them a call and they will be happy to help you find the rental car that is right for you.








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