The 10 Best Rental Cars in 2020

2020 Chevrolet Impala front 3/4 view
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Rental Cars That Might Actually Improve Your Trip

Choosing a rental car involves as much strategy as it does luck. When you reserve a rental car, you reserve the class of car, such as a compact car or large SUV. There might be a picture of a specific model on the rental agency’s website, but there’s no guarantee that the car in the picture is the car you’re going to get on the day. 

Making decisions at the rental car counter is stressful at best. After a flight – maybe with tired and wired kids, or maybe in a faraway city – deciding between two midsize sedans is the last thing you want to do. We looked at the most popular rentals across the country to help make that decision for you. These are our highest-ranking vehicles that you’re likely to find through most rental car companies. 

For this slideshow, we chose vehicles that have a U.S. News overall rating that's at least eight out of 10, so these are great cars in their respective classes. We also looked at seat comfort and the amount of room for passengers and luggage. Since this is a car you likely have not driven before, we made sure the infotainment systems were easy to figure out, or could be connected to your smartphone for familiarity. 

Safety equipment was important to consider – not only for peace-of-mind as you drive an unfamiliar car in an unfamiliar area, but also to help prevent any little dings that you might have to pay for when you return it. Finally, good gas mileage counts, whether you’re taking this rental on a road trip or are concerned about paying higher gas prices in a city. 

We update our rankings and reviews as new information becomes available, so the scores listed in these slides might not match what you find in our reviews.

Read on to learn about our picks for the best rental cars in 2020.

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