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Slightly smaller than mid-size cars, compact vehicles are a great option for navigating city streets and parking lots, as well as longer trips with 2-3 people. While they can seat up to 5 passengers, compacts may feel a little cramped with more than 3 travel companions on longer road trips. Some examples of small car hire include a Volkswagen GTI or Toyota Prius Prime. If you are heading out of town and looking for extra storage space, opt for a hatchback compact rental car, such as a Toyota Corolla Hatch or Honda Civic.
The biggest difference between compact cars and economy cars is their size. Compact cars are more spacious than economy cars but smaller than mid-size cars. Most compact cars have 4 doors, while many economy cars only have 2.
Compact cars are usually slightly larger than economy cars in terms of leg room and storage space. Hatchbacks also often offer more luggage room than other types of compacts.
While rental rates vary depending on the make and model of a car, small rental car companies usually offer compacts at competitive rates. In fact, the starting rate for a compact can be as low as per day, depending on the age and condition of the vehicle.