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Best Rental Car for Winter Driving

Rental cars parked at the parking area during winter season

Are you planning to rent a car for winter driving in the United States? Some people would suggest renting an SUV or four-wheel drive, but it really depends on where you are going. What is important when choosing a rental car is its anti-lock braking system, which helps the car from skidding. Most vehicles nowadays are equipped with that, which gives customers more options on what type of car to book for the winter holiday. 

With so many rental cars to choose from, since we compare deals from major brands including Alamo, National, and Enterprise, it sometimes makes it difficult to pick a vehicle for your next trip. To help you decide which type of car to choose for winter, VroomVroomVroom's car rental experts gave out some recommendations below:

Best car brands for winter driving

  • Toyota Rav4 - Drive with confidence as it features an innovative All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system with Dynamic Torque Control for optimum traction. Experience comfort while driving on chilly nights with its heated front seats. 
  • Chevrolet Tahoe - Named as the Most Dependable Large SUV, this vehicle boasts of its safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control. No need to worry about charging several devices since it has seven USB ports, a 110-volt three-prong outlet and wireless charging station. 
  • Ford Escape - This cost-efficient SUV has an engine that features an Auto Start-Stop Technology that helps save fuel which is perfect for long drives. Carrying your winter ski items? This vehicle has a hands-free liftgate that allows you to open it by just kicking your foot under the bumper. 
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo - This SUV is equipped with an advanced 4x4 system that helps get the vehicle through areas where others get stuck or when the weather gets rough. It also features heated exterior mirrors to give visibility even on foggy days. 
  • Chevrolet Spark - This vehicle is perfect for couples and for groups of 4 if you are not bringing too much luggage.  No need to worry about driving at night since it features projector headlamps with LED Park Lamps as well as heated and power folding side mirrors. 
  • GMC Yukon - Travelling with the whole gang? This SUV can accommodate up to nine passengers. It also has several features such as the heated 12-way front bucket seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lamps with chrome surround, and locking reap differential that is perfect for winter driving.

Most popular winter rental cars in the USA

If you didn't find anything in our list, then you may want to check out what our customers prefer renting during the winter season. Based on our own data, we have come up with the most booked rental cars in the United States on winter.

  1. Hyundai Elantra (6.62%)
  2. Nissan Rogue (6.28%)
  3. Toyota Corolla (5.22%)
  4. Nissan Versa (4.79%)
  5. Mitsubishi Mirage (4.48%)
  6. Dodge G Caravan (3.92%)
  7. Nissan Altima (3.18%)
  8. Ford Fiesta Sedan (2.79%)
  9. Hyundai Santa Fe (2.62%)
  10. Toyota Yaris (2.53%)

Note: Results were based on VroomVroomVroom's car rental bookings (Dec. 21, 2016 to March 20, 2017)

Winter driving tips in the USA

  • To avoid running out of gas, make sure to fill it up when it reaches half of the tank.
  • Make sure that you use all-season tires and check their condition, including the spare tire, before leaving. Also check the air pressure when you stop by a gas station.
  • If you are planning to go to an area with lots of snow, it is advisable to bring along a shovel in case you need to dig your vehicle out.
  • It is important to keep the rental car company's roadside assistance number handy. You can also download apps like Honk or Urgent.ly.
  • It is highly recommended to get a good insurance for your rental car. Click here to see the different types or car rental insurances.
  • Avoid tailgating when it is snowing and adverse driving conditions. Make sure to leave enough space between you and the car in front of you.
  • If the weather gets worse, you might want to check out these Bad Weather Driving Tips

We hope that we were able to help you decide which car to book for winter driving. If you need help in finding a specific car, feel free to contact us