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What Car to Rent
Benjawan Kuecharoenwong asked for advice on what to rent for his
forthcoming trip to the U.S.
Five adults? I'm going to assume so, although the recommendation is
good for adult/kid combinations, too.
I regularly drive long-distance four or five up to car shows and
occasionally on business. For non-enthusiast driving, you can't beat
a minivan for comfort and passenger/luggage carrying capacity. Rent a
1996 Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager long-wheelbase model, if you can
find one (the short-wheelbase model doesn't provide enough luggage
space). The Ford Windstar will work, too. A long-wheelbase Ford
Aerostar is adequate but not much fun. Try to avoid Chevy Lumina
APV/Pontiac TranSport. I don't have firsthand experience with Mazda
MPV, Toyota Previa, Honda Odessy, etc., but they're probably smaller
than you need.
Don't expect Audi-like driving pleasure. That isn't the point when
you're moving a lot of people on an extended trip. Good luck! Hope
you enjoy your visit.