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Old 12-20-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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Our family of 4 will be going to copper mountain from denver airport in January. I rented a car ford taurus size. My husbands coworker think an suv would be better in the snow/ice. I know the area we will be driving is mostly highway. The suv is double the price. Should I not worry or should I upgrade? Really don't want to spend even more on the rental.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Warm Springs, GA
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Some rentals offer Subarus (AWD), or AWD minivans, which is what the co-worker was Really trying to say. An SUV can be a blessing and a curse, they're heavier, have a higher center of gravity, don't handle well and often don't stop Anywhere near as well...

Since rentals always have the cheapest POS tires known to mankind on there, I'd agree with looking to something that has AWD (not 4wd/4x4, there is a difference) if you don't have any snow driving experience. If you have good snow driving experience (as in, have done it more than a few random days in the last few years), and the rental agency will toss in chains, then a FWD car would be fine.

Hard call to make, spend a little more $$$ on a rental to give a better chance of not getting stuck somewhere, or save that money and take the chance that the roads will be 100% fine (normally fine unless there's been a heavy snow lately).
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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You could always try renting through priceline or hotwire or one of those places that will give you a great deal but won't let you pick the rental agency. I don't know about Denver, but I've gotten great deals on SUVs in other cities that ended up being cheaper than renting a large car.
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