Today's Rental Market

Reasons for Renting (1)

  • 45% For service/insurance replacement
  • 34% For leisure
  • 5% For business
  • 6% Needing a supplementary vehicle

Popular Rentals

Most-rented vehicles in the U.S. (2)

  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Ford Mustang (convertible)
  • Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson
  • Mercedes C250
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Volkswagen Jetta

Safety first: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranks the safest rides on the road. For 2017, several frequently rented vehicles earned the "Top Safety Pick+" rating. (3)

  • Hyundai Elantra & Santa Fe
  • Mazda 3
  • Nissan Altima & Rogue
  • Suburu Legacy
  • Toyota Corolla, RAV4 & Yaris
  • Volkswagen Jetta

What else should I consider?

Size (Number of passengers who can fit comfortably, with luggage) (4)
  • Subcompact = 1-2 adults
  • Compact or Midsize = 2 adult + 2 children
  • Standard or Full Size = 4 adults
Price (Baseline cost for one weekday rental) (5)
Subcompact Compact/Midsize Standard/Full size
Boston $63 $66 $68
Seattle $20 $22 $28
Los Angeles $39 $43 $52
Philadelphia $23 $28 $33
Denver $33 $37 $40
References
  1. What Local Car Rental Customers Want, Auto Rental News, 2013.

  2. Sixt Reveals Top 10 Most Rented Vehicles in US, Auto Rental News, 2013.

  3. Current IIHS Top Safety Picks, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, 2017.

  4. How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Car?, Bankrate, 2017.

  5. Kayak.com (A Division of The Priceline Group), June 21, 2017.

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The reasons to rent a car are numerous: The vehicle you own may be in the shop, requiring you to coordinate a long-term replacement with a car rental service. Or, short-term, maybe your sedan won’t have enough room for your upcoming family road trip. When flying on business, you may need to rent a car after you land to keep you mobile during your visit.

After an accident, when you find yourself in a situation that calls for a rental car, there are several options to choose from. When reviewing prices, keep in mind that your auto insurance may offer rental reimbursement coverage, a helpful policy feature if you’re renting due to your car needing repairs following an accident. This coverage helps pay for a rental car, assuming damage to your primary vehicle is covered under your policy. Your auto policy may include coverage of at least $20 per day (up to $600 total) at no additional cost, but higher limits are available.1

Whether you are renting as a pragmatic necessity or a fun opportunity to try out a new model, remember to always practice safe driving techniques and be aware of state laws if you’re in an unfamiliar area.

Regardless of what you end up driving, it’s important to know exactly what’s covered. Learn more about your insurance options when renting a car by reading our handy checklist.