Minivan vs. SUV: Which Should I Rent?

Family with minivan

When you’re traveling with five or more people – whether that’s your whole business team or the family – a big rental vehicle is your best bet. But should you pick an SUV or minivan? On top of that decision, you have to consider the fact that some SUVs are mid-sized, some are standard and some are large or premium, so you’re really comparing five kinds of possible rentals, not two.

Luckily, the differences between the three kinds of vehicles are actually quite clear. Here’s what you need to know:

Mid-Size SUV

This is the smallest kind of SUV available as a rental. It holds five people and four pieces of luggage. These are vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4, a smaller and sportier version of an SUV. When rented in locations that are near National Parks or other pieces of visitor-friendly wilderness, mid-size SUVs may be available with optional four-wheel drive.

Standard SUV

For a slightly smoother ride and larger interior than is available from the mid-size SUV, you can go up a size to the standard SUV. These vehicles, typified by the Hyundai Santa Fe, also hold five people and four pieces of luggage, have the same four-wheel-drive option at some locations and they tend to be slightly less fuel-efficient than their smaller counterparts. Reserve yours today!

Full-Size or Premium SUV

The full-size or premium SUV is a luxurious way to travel. The Toyota Sequoia, Chevrolet Suburban, and similar large vehicles fit into these categories. As with the smaller SUVs, full-size models come with optional four-wheel drive at some locations. You can fit seven adults comfortably in a large or premium SUV, and ski racks are available in some cities.


With room for seven people and a better fuel economy than the larger SUVs, minivans such as the Kia Sedona may be just the right vehicle to carry your whole group. At some select locations, you can request a van that holds eight rather than seven. Reserve yours today!