When it comes to hitting the road, T+L readers vote these five companies as their favorites.
We’re in the midst of a road-trip renaissance, especially for domestic vacations. According to a 2017–18 report from travel-marketing firm MMGY Global, 39 percent of U.S.-based leisure travel involves a road trip — a 17 percent increase from 2016. With more people getting behind the wheel to explore destinations both new and familiar, it’s fitting that travelers hold strong opinions about car-rental companies.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Car-rental companies were rated on their service, value, vehicle selection and availability, and rental locations.
Related: The 2018 World's Best Awards
A surprise in the 2018 mix: last year’s No. 4 company, Avis, drops off the list, enabling Alamo to swoop into that spot. The shift also made room for the category’s only European company, Sixt, to slide in at No. 5. “Have rented from them several times over the years and never had a bad experience,” noted one reader. “Many times I find they have a luxury car for the same price you would pay their competitors for an average car.”
Beyond vehicle selection, professionalism and hospitality were both key to securing the repeat No. 2 position for Enterprise. “The company goes out of its way to get you the vehicle you need when you need it,” commented one fan. Multiple readers noted that this kind of personal touch goes a long way, especially in the age of ride-sharing services, which, despite their convenience in urban environments such as Los Angeles, haven’t substantially slowed the need for the long-term rental services that traditional companies provide.
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