If you’re looking for a small car rental, it’s useful to understand the differences between compact and economy car rentals. The main difference between the two is size and storage space. Compact cars are usually a little more spacious than their economy counterparts, which often have just two doors. Compact cars also have more cargo space than economy vehicles, making them more suitable for road trips with family and groups of friends.
While compact cars may all look different, they generally have similar dimensions, room for 3-4 passengers and a few pieces of luggage. Some typical compact cars include Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Ford Focus. For additional storage space, opt for a hatchback, such as Volkswagen Golf or Chevrolet Spark.
Compact cars are generally quite affordable to rent if you’re keeping a certain budget in mind. Compact car rental prices start at $21, and how much you pay will depend on the make, model and condition of the car.
Compact cars are bigger than economy cars and smaller than mid-size cars. Compact cars are typically between 161 and 187 inches long and have between 100 and 109 cubic feet of passenger and cargo space.