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SUV vs Minivan: Which is Best for Car Rental

Whether you are taking your family for a trip or are going on a road trip with your group of friends, when a need occurs to rent a larger vehicle, you will most commonly come across two types of vehicles:

  • SUV
  • Minivan

Each body type has its own pros and cons. Each has different types of features including costs, performance and style.


To make your decision easier and knowledgeable, we are going to explore these two body types in detail


Which is cheaper?

When it comes to the cost of renting, you will find that minivans are far cheaper than SUVs. So, if affordability is the only factor you are considering, you should look no further. Having said that, there are some models of SUVs which are smaller.

SUVs come in three different sizes: small, medium and large. Small SUVs are similar to hatchbacks, while medium-sized and large-sized SUVs are bigger and taller in size. The most crucial thing to know is the number of people you need to carry and then carefully analyze cost over other factors which we are going to discuss below.

Which is safer among the two?

Both SUVs are minivans are safe to drive. Known for their safety features, both SUVs and minivans have an array of these security facilities. So, when it comes to comparing the safety in both models, there is hardly any winner.

A distinctive feature you could say in SUVs is the height advantage. Being taller than other vehicles, it can provide a better view of the road to the driver. On the other hand, minivans are closer to the ground which makes them less susceptible to rolling over in accidents. 

In the end, it all comes down to the which model you are renting. For instance, some models of minivans have top-notch safety features — while some models of SUVs come with innovative safety features.

Interior Comfort

Comfort is a coveted feature for many. Once again, the key to renting the right car is knowing how many people will be sitting in the car. Minivans are generous and can accommodate numerous people because of the additional seating capacity in the third row.

If carrying more people is not your biggest concern, that choosing a large-sized SUV can be a great option (if your budget is not tight). People who usually transport cargo and other stuff prefer SUV over a minivan.

Which is more advanced in technology?

Again, just like safety features, SUVs and minivans are also similar in technology. What sets them apart is the type of model you rent. 

When renting a car, you should carefully examine which technological features you need. You can check the number of USB ports available. Other excellent features you can look out for include adaptive cruise control and dashboard lights. One thing to keep in mind is these features are mostly found in luxurious cars. So, make sure you have an adequate budget if you want to choose a car that has advanced technological features

Many people end up paying hefty amounts on in-car rear-seat entertainment systems. What they don’t realise is that it would be much cheaper if they install it after the car is home.

Storage Space

Space is one feature where minivans clearly take the lead. Even large-sized SUVs don’t outclass minivans when it comes to space. Let have a look at some popular minivans. Honda Odyssey has a storage space of 148.5 cubic feet, while an SUV like Chevrolet Suburban has a space of 94 cubic feet. If you are willing to trade off some style for space, then renting a minivan is great.

We don’t want to sound tedious by repeating the same thing over and over again. Ultimately, it all comes down to your needs. The key to booking the right vehicle is closely analysing your needs and getting a vehicle that suits them all. Don’t forget to evaluate some other factors like where you would be driving. If you are travelling within the city and you want an economy car rental then a minivan can be a good choice. If you are going intra-city, then an SUV could be a good partner. 

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