Hybrid SUV Rentals
Hybrid SUV rentals are also a good way to test out a hybrid vehicle before actually buying one. Only a few years ago finding a company that rented hybrid vehicles could be difficult. Now, however, more and more mainstream car rental agencies are discovering the market for hybrid SUV rentals. There are even car rental companies that specialize in renting out hybrids for special occasions.
Companies That Rent Hybrid SUVs
Many of the best known car rental companies now rent hybrid SUVs. Prices can vary greatly from company to company particularly if you add on a lot of services and/or gadgets to your rental. Check with your insurance company before renting any car but especially before renting a hybrid SUV. Most car insurance covers a vehicle you rent but certain types of larger SUVs may require additional coverage. Also, there may be some activities you undertake in an SUV which may not be covered by your standard car insurance policy. You can only be positive about the coverage you specifically need by talking with your insurance agent. Be aware that your car insurance may be invalidated if you engage in reckless behavior while driving a hybrid SUV.
If you are making an airline trip and renting a hybrid vehicle, check to see if your frequent flyer program offers special car rental rates. You may also accumulate frequent flyer reward miles by booking your hybrid SUV rental through your airline’s website. Consider using a car rental comparison site when looking for the best rates for hybrid SUV rentals. Sites such as Kayak search many car rental agencies to find a selection of the best rates. Visit Kayak at its website located here: http://www.kayak.com.
Sometimes the best rates for hybrid SUV rentals can be found by visiting specific car rental site. Enterprise Rent-A-Car rents Ford Escape Hybrids and comparable hybrid SUV models at many of its locations. Check out the hybrid vehicles Enterprise rents by visiting its website found here: http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/home.do. Whether you use a comparison shopping site or a brand specific site don’t wait until the last minute to make your reservation. Given the recent surge in gasoline prices many sites don’t have any hybrid vehicles for rent on short notice.
Tips For Prospective Hybrid SUV Buyers
If you’re renting a hybrid SUV to help you decide if you want to buy one, there are a couple of things you should do while you have the vehicle. First, be aware that many hybrids don’t make as much noise as conventional vehicles. It’s important to watch for pedestrians who may not hear your approach; even other vehicles may not always be aware of where you are. Therefore, you should be extra vigilant when driving your hybrid SUV.
Second, travel the areas you will be traveling on a regular basis. Calculate your savings between driving a hybrid and driving a conventional SUV. Third, become acquainted with the features of your hybrid SUV. Many hybrid vehicles have different driving modes. Driving modes can be based on the type of driving you are doing and also on how much fuel economy you want. Try driving in all of the modes to make sure you are comfortable with the performance of the vehicle and that you will actually save money if you buy a hybrid SUV.
Hybrid SUVs may have better gas mileage when compared to standard SUVS. Some hybrid SUVs, however, have lower gas mileage than conventionally fuelled cars and substantially lower mileage than hybrid cars. For instance, the GMC Yukon Hybrid averages about 20 miles per gallon (mpg) in combined city and highway driving while the Mazda Tribute Hybrid SUV and the 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid average about 32.
Third, consider renting more than one hybrid SUV model before making your decision. Hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more varied. They now come in multiple price ranges from entry level to luxury. Some concentrate more heavily on fuel efficiency; others combine the quest for good gas mileage with an emphasis on up market features. The Lexus RXh combines good gas mileage with the luxury buyers expect from the Lexus brand. Prices for the Lexus RX Hybrid start below $45,000. It’s available as either a front wheel drive or an all wheel drive vehicle and boasts a 3.5L, 295 horsepower engine. Combined city and highway gas mileage estimates hover around 28 mpg. You can learn more about the Lexus RXh at the Lexus website located at http://www.lexus.com/models/RXh .
Special Occasion Hybrid SUV Rentals
Rolling up to that special event in a luxury hybrid SUV makes an already special occasion even more memorable. In addition, renting a hybrid SUV makes it possible for all party goers to enjoy the evening without worrying about a designated driver. Going to a formal party or a wedding? Rent a luxury hybrid SUV and you’ll have plenty of room for party dresses, bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns.
Many luxury SUVs have options that make the ride an event in itself. Some luxury hybrid SUVs have premium sound packages; you can even supply the music you want to hear. DVD systems are becoming standard in many luxury SUVs. Enjoy a favorite movie or TV show on the way to the party. Sports teams can put in a DVD of the best moments from their seasons for the whole team to enjoy on the way to the awards banquet. Bachelor and bachelorette parties can enjoy special DVDs in the privacy of the SUV’s rear seats.
For events that require a long trip, renting a hybrid SUV can be a way to save when filling up the gas tank. Renting a hybrid SUV for a business trip can mean taking fewer vehicles and arriving more rested and prepared. Check out Crown Limo in Los Angeles for an example of the types of services and hybrid SUVs that may be available to rent for special events; its website can be found here: http://crownlimola.com/Los-Angeles-Party-Buses-Service.html.