7 best rental cars for summer vacation

Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet Traverse © General Motors
  • Type: standard SUV
  • Passengers: seven
  • Rental companies: Avis and Hertz
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 17
    • Highway - 24

The EPA calls the Traverse a "standard" SUV, but you may think of it as a large crossover. Still, the Traverse has room for seven and comes with a 3.6-liter, 288-horsepower, V-6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Consumer Reports rated the Traverse as "very good" in all measures that Bankrate considered in assembling this list. Among its air bags is a first-ever front-center side air bag that inflates between front-seat occupants for added protection in a side-impact crash.

Providing a car-like ride, the Traverse is a terrific choice for longer road trips.


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