Manufacturers have made great strides over the years in making sure their vehicles are economical and environmentally-friendly. There have been many great improvements in automotive technology that have allowed cars to save fuel and reduce pollution to the environment. When you choose to rent a car, you may just want a car that can get you from point A to point B without being too expensive. These are among some of the most eco-friendly cars you can rent for your next trip.
The Toyota Prius has been in production for over two decades now and has continually proven why it remains so. The Prius has a spacious interior that will comfortably hold your luggage in addition to four passengers. Recent improvements in the Prius’ transmission have allowed newer models to achieve figures as low as 60 mpg.
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is a compact car that is more suitable for city driving than highway driving. However, the Yaris Hybrid is capable of achieving an estimated 86 mpg. In addition to good cargo space and a quality interior, the Yaris Hybrid is a great eco-friendly car to rent.
The BMW i3 is the smallest vehicle on this list, but its size allows it to achieve mileage such as 186 kilometers on battery power alone. Factory options, such as an emergency two-cylinder combustion engine, provide even more mileage to this small BMW model. Avis offers quite a few BMW options as rentals that can save you on trip expenses as well as fuel.
The Lexus GS300h, despite its sleek non-hybrid look, houses a hybrid drivetrain. Much more eco-friendly than the quicker GS450h model, the GS300h has plenty of cargo space. Capable of 141 mpg, the GS300h is a great all-around package for a family.
The Audi Q7 e-Tron Hybrid is the largest vehicle on this list. This SUV utilizes both a diesel engine and an electric engine. The hybrid module of the Q7 e-Tron Hybrid is plug-in and allows for the SUV to achieve an additional 35 miles without the need for the 3.0 liter diesel engine. Though this Q7 cannot fit 7 people like other Q7 models, due to space required for the hybrid assembly, the e-Tron Hybrid offers a lot of cargo space and ample room for 5 people.
There are many other models that did not make this list, but there are many choices to consumers when it comes to eco-friendly models. What you choose to rent should all depend on your individual needs rather than a lack of options.