7 best rental cars for summer vacation
- Type: compact
- Passengers: five
- Rental companies: Hertz, Avis and Budget
- Gas mileage:
Depending on the company, you will find the Focus as either sedan or hatchback rental cars. Although there are some differences in terms of cargo space -- the sedan has plenty, but the hatchback has considerably more -- the two styles are much more alike than different.
A responsive 160-horsepower, 2-liter, four-cylinder engine turns the front wheels via a driver-shiftable, six-speed automatic transmission. Consumer Reports assigned ratings of "very good" to its ride quality, noise and front-seat comfort.
Because of its highly stylized exterior and interior, the Focus doesn't look or feel much like a rental car. The interior is particularly good looking. Most controls are simple to operate, even for a first-time user. The cabin is exceptionally quiet.