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Old 04-05-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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with two adult and two teen plus all their gear on a long trip I would just want the extra room the durango offers they are just renting it and the extra space and comfort will be worth it after being crammed on the road for hours on end
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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It'll be from Miami, the Keys over the everglades through Florida and then along to coast Myrtle Beach, Civil War triangle, Washington DC, Philadelphia and maybe New York.
Off topic, but just an FYI that the Keys will take you south from Miami before backtracking towards Miami again and the rest of your trip. Personally I don't think it would really be worth it this time, but if you want to discuss your itinerary we can start another thread
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Is the Impala the only sedan? The Durango will use so much more fuel, and I am not impressed with the ride of them on longer trips. If you could get a highway cruiser like a Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Car, or Cadillac, you would not be using as much fuel as a Durango, yet would have a more comfortable car for longer distances. The Town Car is an American highway cruiser, with a large trunk, and is pretty comfortable.

Some agencies also have the Chevrolet Equinox and Ford Escape, that are smaller than a Durango, yet have more cargo room than a sedan. The Escape can be small, though, for taller people in the back seat.

ETA: You mgiht also consider a minivan for increased economy over a large SUV, with a good amount of room for passengers and cargo.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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Another vote for a minivan instead ... which is usually why I needed to rent anyways. The last time I rented one, gas was over $4/gallon. The gals at the counter was asking "Would you like to upgrade to a SUV at no extra charge?"

My response ... "unless you're footing the gas bill ... NO!"

FWIW, my reservation was for a Caravan. 6 people on a weekend trip ... renting one minivan made more sense than driving 2 cars. Netted out to 23.8 mpg overall and $180 in fuel. Should I have opted for the SUV (Durango), we prolly would've gotten about 18 mpg/$240 in fuel.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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Another vote for a minivan instead ... which is usually why I needed to rent anyways. The last time I rented one, gas was over $4/gallon. The gals at the counter was asking "Would you like to upgrade to a SUV at no extra charge?"

My response ... "unless you're footing the gas bill ... NO!"

FWIW, my reservation was for a Caravan. 6 people on a weekend trip ... renting one minivan made more sense than driving 2 cars. Netted out to 23.8 mpg overall and $180 in fuel. Should I have opted for the SUV (Durango), we prolly would've gotten about 18 mpg/$240 in fuel.
$10 a person is too much for a weekend trip in a roomier vehicle? Makes no sense to me.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Minivans usually cost more than small SUV's at most rental companies. Get ready to pay a HUGE fee for dropping off the car in a different state, I mean a few hundred. They charge like $50 if you drop it off in a different branch in the same area. I think the two selections both suck. I drove a Caliber from LA to Vegas, I had no problem and it has enough room especially compared to a Impala. Durango...I thought they stopped making Dodge Durango's? You better be using Hertz or Enterprise for the rental. Dollar and Avis will add a grip of extra fees without telling you but if you are thinking of getting a Durango...I'm guessing its not Hertz or Enterprise since they replace most of the cars yearly. Dollar and Avis...not so much.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Some credit cards will not cover SUVs for the included insurance coverage that they extend to their cardholders, too, since they are classified as trucks, not passenger vehicles. Minivans have no such restrictions, as they are in the same category as cars. Check with the credit card for your account coverages and details, or purchase the extra cost insurance.

The same holds true for luxury cars not in the normal fleet, such as special use rentals of high-end vehicles.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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Dollar and Avis will add a grip of extra fees without telling you
What? I've never had Dollar, Budget or Avis add fees I wasn't aware of.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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What? I've never had Dollar, Budget or Avis add fees I wasn't aware of.

When was the last time you rented? Did you rent to a different state? Rental companies are starting to add fees now. They have added a VLF fee in SoCal. Basically, a vehicle registration fee. Its only .10 a day. I know states w/o state taxes, rental companies fee the hell out of you via tourist fee. Every state has different fees and they will attempt to apply both state fees. When you drop off a rental in a different state, you need to verify in writing you aren't going to be screwed fee wise twice.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Minivans usually cost more than small SUV's at most rental companies. Get ready to pay a HUGE fee for dropping off the car in a different state, I mean a few hundred. They charge like $50 if you drop it off in a different branch in the same area. I think the two selections both suck. I drove a Caliber from LA to Vegas, I had no problem and it has enough room especially compared to a Impala. Durango...I thought they stopped making Dodge Durango's? You better be using Hertz or Enterprise for the rental. Dollar and Avis will add a grip of extra fees without telling you but if you are thinking of getting a Durango...I'm guessing its not Hertz or Enterprise since they replace most of the cars yearly. Dollar and Avis...not so much.
the durango is still being made I belive it come with a 300HP 4.7 liter V-8 and a 5.7 HEMI with MDS to save on fuel
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