Compact Car Hire

Compact Car Hire.

A small family or group can happily hire a compact car in the USA as long as they are not carrying too much luggage!  If your fellow travellers tend to take a full outfit for everyday of their holiday, complete with a different pair of shoes and matching accessories, then this is probably not the car for you.  But with much more focus these days on travelling light, with just hand luggage or capsule wardrobes,  seasoned travellers will be quite happy in this most useful of categories of car hire.  The compact cars may not be of the highest specifications (lets be honest, which company isn’t trying to trim the bottom line these days), but they are roomy enough for four adults who travel light.

Dodge Caliber Compact Car

The Dodge Caliber, a Compact category car

Some of the models available within this category are:

  • Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Ford Focus
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Kia Soul
  • Nissan Cube
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Nissan Versa
  • Pontiac PT Cruiser
Chevrolet Cobalt Compact Car

The Chevrolet Cobalt, a Compact category car

As a guide, the compact cars usually do between 24-34 mpg and as with all hire cars in the USA, are automatic and have air conditioning as standard.  Luggage estimates run at about 1 large suitcase, a couple of much smaller ones and 2 carry on bags.  Of course, capacity is never guaranteed and different models will have very different spaces so always view these figures as guides, not promises.  To maximise your choice of models, please consider the option provided by Alamo Choice at many locations.  If you have small children in large car seats, the compact car should be suitable for two children, but I would be concerned about getting three car seats across the back seat (or for the third child seated in the middle without a car seat!) – you should probably consider an Intermediate category or Full size category instead.

If you need to discuss the best category of car to match your party, please do contact us in the office.

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