Deciding which type of car to rent can have you scratching your head – which one should you choose? A compact or economy rental car? Both options are affordable to rent and cost-effective to drive, plus they look similar, but there are differences between the two. Before you make your decision, let’s look at the great economy vs. compact car debate.
Where are you traveling to?
The journey that you are going to take in your car will influence the type of car that you need. You could be needing a car for a long business trip. The vehicle choice for this sort of trip will naturally differ to the options you may go for if you are going long distances with a car full of young children, where space and comfort are key. Your priority is to make your journey as cost-effective as possible while ensuring that the car meets your needs. It may not be what you want to hear, but practical thinking is essential for anyone when it comes to the car they are renting. It can be tempting to go for a certain model which will turn out to be completely impractical for you and the reason you require the car.
Time in the rental car
If you are driving relatively local to the pickup point, your requirements will not be as great than if you are planning a mini-road trip. Think about the time that you will be spending in the car. Economy cars typically have fewer features than the compact versions, so do you need to pay extra for options that you won’t use? Comfort is key, especially with long journeys. Weigh up your options so you can make the best decision for you.
Miles to cover
If you have planned your journey, you will have an idea of the mileage that you need to cover for your trip. Fuel efficiencies vary between models, but typically, an economy car will have a slightly greater MPG than the compacts, but there are other factors that you need to consider so that you have a relaxed and comfortable driving experience. You want to find a model that is fuel efficient so you’re not constantly stopping to fill up with gas.
Who is going on the trip?
Whether you are planning a trip as a couple, taking the family with you or traveling as a group of friends, you need to ensure that you are all comfortable. This includes leg room as well as trunk space. The last thing you want is to find yourself with a car full of unhappy passengers because you’ve picked a great little car, but it doesn’t cater for all the people it needs to.
Economy cars typically seat four occupants satisfactorily. They are the ideal option for a couple and those with younger children, or three adults. If there are four or five adults, you need to choose a larger compact option so that you have the space to enjoy the journey safely.
You need to be able to get in and out of the vehicle with ease. Economy cars typically have two doors, whereas compact cars are larger sedans that usually have four doors. If you are traveling from the pickup point to your destination and not going to be using the car excessively, the number of doors is less of an issue.
Not only do you need to think about how many occupants are in the car, but you must remember to think about their luggage! You may be away only for a weekend and just have one piece of luggage, but if there are several of you, the trunk needs to have the capacity to carry all your belongings. Economy cars can safely accommodate several small bags and a medium suitcase, whereas a compact car has more cubic feet of luggage capacity. Maybe ask within the group how much luggage will be bought along. People can pack minimally if required; if you decide to go for a spacious option or a faster more compact choice, make sure the passengers know how much to pack!
There are benefits to both the economy and compact models that we offer. You need to make sure that your choice is one that will make your driving experience as pleasurable, comfortable and safe as possible, so that your trip is remembered for all the right reasons. When you’re on the road making memories, the rental car you choose should add to these, and provide the perfect mode of transportation so that any travel woes are quickly forgotten.