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Struggling with car hire...
February 4, 2017
1:38 am
Ain626
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So our trip is pretty much coming together, but we are struggling with car hire...

Basically, there's my husband and I. We would like a car that's neither too big, nor too small... Only we can't seem to figure out what that is! Please forgive our lack of car knowledge in this post!

We both like driving (good job really, with what we're planning, haha), but neither of us are particularly petrol heads so to speak so when car hire websites are throwing makes and models at me it doesn't mean all that much, unless said car is particularly common on the roads in the UK. Things to take into consideration is my husband is a relatively new driver (he will have had his license for between 1-2 years when we go and doesn't want anything too big - he only has a Renault Clio for day to day running around in (he drives my Honda Jazz just fine, not a massive car, but bigger than his Clio), we want comfort, but reasonable fuel consumption, and preferably boot space big enough to keep all our stuff in so not too much is left on display on the back seat, and something that will cope with route 66 and isn't going to be too out of place on the American roads. Also, I'm pretty short, and my husband is a foot taller than me, so something that would be comfortable for us both to drive (I'm thinking more me, he copes just fine in his Clio!)

When browsing rentalcars.com some of the suggestions it's coming up with:
Compact: Ford Focus or similar (I'm going to suggest not big enough for what we want)
Intermediate: Toyota Corolla or similar
Standard: Nissan Altima or similar (I'm unsure on what this is)
Full-Size: Chevrolet Malibu or similar (Also unsure on this one)
SUV: Not really what we're going for...

I'm kind of leaning towards Standard or Full size as they sound plenty big enough for us, but worried from the descriptions they might be too big? But then other than in the cities I'm thinking we wouldn't really have a problem anyway?

When it comes to cars (and not trucks, SUVs, etc.) what is most common in America?

Apologies again for my ignorance when it comes to cars, and thank you to anyone taking time to reply!

February 4, 2017
3:38 am
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We had "Intermediate" room for 2 medium & 1 Lg case in boot. Plenty big enough

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Did the whole thing, Chicago to Santa Monica

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