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What is considered a compact rental car?

Compact rental car types are small 4-door vehicles ideal for 4 passengers. Usually hatchbacks, they have enough room for a little luggage, and they’re top-notch for fuel economy. They’re little and nippy and ideal for sneaking into small parking spaces, making them perfect for that weekend city break.

Can I find a compact car for a long-term rental?

Yes. Head to our long-term car rentals page to find deals on compact rental cars if you need something for longer than the standard two weeks. Or enter your travel dates and location and hit search to see what you have to choose from.

What are the differences between a compact car and an economy car?

Both compact and economy cars carry up to 4 people quite comfortably, but economy cars tend to only have two doors, limited legroom, and a small trunk. A compact car rental is a little roomier inside with more space for luggage in the back and typically has 4 doors.

What is a compact SUV?

Similar in shape to a conventional sports utility, a compact SUV is usually a smaller 5-seater vehicle. It’s ideal if you’re traveling as a small group because it has plenty of space but is easy to handle—and the mileage is good on your pocket.

How can I find the best compact car rental prices?

Sort your car rental search results by compact car type and order by price to put the best deal at the top. Do compare different pick-up locations—downtown, airport, or away from the terminal— and pick-up times to land a great deal.

Should I book a compact car for getting around a city?

Compact car rentals are the perfect run-around for an urban location. Zip to your favorite city sights and park on the streets in a compact car rental in San Francisco. Make light work of Manhattan traffic in a modern compact car rental in New York. Or nip into a small parking space at Wrigley Field, Chicago in a compact car to catch a legendary Cubs game.

Can I rent a compact car with free cancellation?

Absolutely. Look for car rental deals with free cancellation on their compact rental cars so you can book today and change your plans without penalty. Reserve now, pay later options also let you reserve a compact car online and pay when you pick it up.

Why should I rent a compact car with Expedia?

At Expedia, you can choose from an amazing selection of compact car rental deals from all the main car rental suppliers in one place. With no hidden fees, it’s easy to compare then just click to book. You also save more if you bundle your flights and accommodation, too. Join Expedia Rewards for free to earn points on every car rental booking and we’ll get you moving.

What is the average cost to rent a compact car?

Compact car rentals cost from $40 a day, and there’s a vast selection of models and brands to choose from. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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