I wanted to split SUVs discussion in two between medium and full size and premium SUVs as we did with cars but I don’t think it would be necessary for now. Car rental companies split SUV renting option between medium SUV and Full size or large SUVs.
There are differences between them and I’ll just give a brief rundown of each of the SUV classes.
Medium SUVs: So medium SUVs as the name goes are the smaller SUVs that you will see on the road like the Toyota RAV-4, Ford Escape, Jeep Compass and so on. They are built as a five passenger, 4WD, AWD, All-Terrain vehicles and have a luggage capacity of 2 small bags. The way I see them is like a normal car that is slightly jacked up and more roomy as well. They are quite good on gas and some of them really have the sports in them, I mean I was fortunate to rent the Subaru Outback from Budget in 2015 and the car had a lot to give in speed, comfort, entertainment, and more.
I tend to stick with this option of SUVs especially in 2016 when I also had the pleasure of renting the Range Rover Evogue from Avis, that was a good treat although the gas consumption for such a small car was quite high compared to the Subaru Outback.
Okay moving on.
The Intermediate SUV: Recently Budget and Avis added the BMW X-5 to their collection of SUVs and I have had the pleasure of driving it, it was an experience of a life time and I could possibly write about the BMW X-5 someday as I really enjoyed it. But that is what an intermediate SUV looks like, a more jacked up, more roomy, more comfortable, more expensive SUV. Most of them in this categories seats five but you may have the rare occasion where they can fit seven people. They can fit two medium bags and this is just for illustration purpose, I cannot define what a small or medium bag would look like but just keep up with the scenario.
Types of SUVs – Jeep Cherokee, BMW X-5, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, and Toyota Highlander.
The Full Size/ Premium SUV: These are the real deal to me, don’t judge me I just love my cars big. With this you are looking at the Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Cadillac Escalade. They can fit up to eight people, three large bags and two small bags. I love these cars but they can cause a real damage to your rental budget and gas re-fueling. But two young families can easily go on a road trip with these sort of SUVs or whatever the purpose. They are the most expensive rental, definitely up there with luxury cars and most likely more expensive than luxury cars. However it is worth the dollar, for the experience.