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4 Best Rental Cars for an End-of-Summer Road Trip


When the summer starts to come to an end, it comes time to pack in your last must-dos of the season before Fall comes around. Road tripping is one of the most popular things people do in the summertime, and it can end up being a memorable bonding experience for everyone involved.

Different road trips call for different types of vehicles – you don’t want to be caught in a sports car in rugged terrain, for example.

If you don’t already have a car that’s fit for a road trip or are flying somewhere, you will want to start thinking about reserving or renting one very soon. Here is a list of the four best rental car options for a summer road trip, fit for different terrains, prices, and needs.

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is a great option for its eco-friendliness and its long-distance ability as an electric/gas hybrid car. On a fully charged battery, the Volt can go up to 53 miles on pure electricity, and with a full tank of gas in the chamber as well, it can go well over 400 miles before needing to refuel – that’s one way to save money on your road trip!

The Volt is especially good for relatively easy-to-navigate terrain, such as in the city, on highways, and on backroads and country roads. If you are going to be spending most of your road trip hopping between cities and want to save some money while you do it, look no further than the Volt!

Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass blends the rugged abilities of a standard Jeep with a more comfortable interior layout and a snazzy look. The Jeep Compass is OK for city travel, but you may be disappointed with its city gas usage. Rather, the Jeep Compass is exceptional at traversing mountainous roads, steep inclines, and everything in between.

With its world-class 4×4 system, 180 horsepower, and its suspension system, this is a car you can do everything from fording shallow rivers to scaling fourteeners in Colorado. No matter the weather, this car will be able to power through.

If you are wanting to take on very rugged terrain, do some off-roading, and do it all in a comfortable and modern Jeep, the Compass is the one for you.

Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is, as the name suggests, quite a versatile car great for long distance travel, city travel, and your other getting-around needs. It has about 31 miles per gallon in cities and 39 miles per gallon on highways. It is a quite fuel-efficient car that’s fantastic for going on long journeys on the highway across the American heartland, for example, but it can traverse more tricky terrain without too many issues.

It does often have a 5 speed manual transmission, so keep that in mind before committing to the Versa, but there are also other versions of the car out there with an automatic transmission you can look out for. With great handling and user-friendly features, the Versa is a great all-around car for your next road trip.

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota Rav4 is a stylish and effective off-roading car similar to the Jeep Compass. The Rav4 has a slightly better fuel efficiency, at about 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway, but, similarly to the Compass, the real draw of the Rav4 is it’s outdoor and offroading capabilities.

The Rav4 has a huge amount of storage space in the rear, and plenty of room for its passengers to stretch out and enjoy the long journey. This is not a car for simple highway travel, this is a car you go from campsite to campsite seeing the country, though it will do well in urban areas too.

If you’re looking for something that will be a great all-around car for camping and seeing the outdoors on your road trip, the Rav4 is one of the best vehicle options out there.