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What is the Best Type of Car to Rent in Canada?

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Are you planning to explore Montreal by car? Or maybe you are thinking of escaping the city and exploring the Rocky Mountains? Whatever journey you are planning to take, VroomVroomVroom can help you find a rental car to suit your needs. Before you book your car rental, here is quick guide to the different sizes of vehicle that are available.

A compact or economy car for city driving

This is usually suitable for up to five passengers. The cars can be either two-door or four-door, and are generally smaller models. The advantage of renting a compact car is the cheaper prices and improved gas mileage. However, you and your passengers will have limited space, with the trunk usually fitting just one suitcase. If you have excess luggage, this may not be the car size for you.

What compact or economy cars do our car rental partners offer? Kia Rio, Chevrolet Spark, or the Hyundai Accent.

Perfect for: Driving cities like Toronto or Vancouver.

A mid-size for families looking for extra luggage space

If you feel like an economy car is too small, try for a mid-size vehicle instead. These vehicles are suitable for five passengers. Gas mileage is not as good as it is with a compact car, but you will have increased room for luggage in a mid-size vehicle.

What intermediate or standard cars do our car rental partners offer? VW Jetta, Hyundai Elentra and Toyota Corolla.

Perfect for: Navigating city roads, especially if you plan to have more passengers or need more luggage space.

A full-size or SUV for challenging roads

A full-size vehicle is perfect if you are travelling with a bigger group, or need plenty of space for storage. SUV vehicles also have increased driving abilities if you are planning on navigating more challenging roads. These vehicles do not have as good gas mileage, but they have plenty of room for luggage.

What full-size or SUV cars do our car rental partners offer: Nissan Rogue, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Escape.

Perfect for: Driving and exploring the countryside.

A luxury car for state-of-the-art features and comfort

Whether you are heading to an important meeting, or just looking to travel with an additional level of comfort, consider renting a luxury vehicle. Luxury vehicles generally have adequate storage space and comfortable seating.

What luxury vehicles do our car rental partners  offer? Note that luxury car models will vary from fleet to fleet. But often you'll find Chrysler 300S and Cadillac XTS models.

Perfect for: Cruising around the Vancouver coastline.

A van for long trips and family vacations

If a full-size or SUV car does not provide enough space, consider renting a passenger van. Depending on the model, vans can seat up to seven passengers, and provide ample storage space. If you're looking to specially rent a car to move equipment across town, a minivan might be a good option.

What van models do our car rental partners offer? Dodge Grand Caravan.

Perfect for: Road trips or moving equipment across town.

Read more about what you need to know before you book a rental car in Canada.

Choosing a Vehicle

Think carefully between what you want and what you actually need in a car. Rent a large sedan or SUV if you are travelling with kids, or just pick the smallest model if you want to save money on rental rates and gas. Don't forget to read the fine print before booking . It's also a good idea to check if the car rental provider from which you are renting provides any extras such as child seats or a GPS Navigation System.