The Most Popular Cars on RelayRides


RelayRides’ automotive expert, Brad Iger, shares the most popular cars on the marketplace as determined by the number of times renters “favorite’d” them. Enjoy!

We’re told at a young age that life isn’t a popularity contest. And in an ideal world, perhaps that’s true. But –at least when it comes to cars for rent from members of your community—it most certainly can be. And when all is said and done, that’s really not such a bad thing because these are some great vehicles that you can get behind the wheel of today with very little impact on your wallet. These are the cars that are topping the RelayRides members’ most-wanted list.

10. Courthouse Metro Toyota Camry, Arlington, VA

The utilitarian's choice for getting from point-A to point-B

The utilitarian’s choice for getting from point-A to point-B

OK, so a Toyota Camry doesn’t exactly ooze sex appeal. That’s alright, because its convenient location and great price make this one a no-brainer for utilitarian commuter use in the Arlington area.

9. Braddock Metro Toyota Corolla, Alexandria, VA

Another sound choice for its affordability and convenience

Another sound choice for its affordability and convenience

Looks like our boy Edward is on a bit of a roll. The same owner as the aforementioned Camry also owns this Corolla as well, and all the same rules apply, making it no surprise this little runabout made the list too.

8. Laura’s Nissan Sentra, Jersey City, NJ

Great location make this car a great choice

Great location make this car a great choice

Just a five-minute jaunt from the Grove Street Path train station is all that separates you from this easy-to-drive, reliable example of durable Japanese engineering. With Laura’s quick response time and the great upkeep of her vehicle, it’s no wonder this Sentra is in demand.

7. BMW 6 Series, Chicago IL

This car gets style points as well as points for affordability

This car gets style points as well as points for affordability

While the pragmatism of low cost and reliability is certainly high on the priority to list for many RelayRides members, it doesn’t hurt to have a little style and luxury too. Dylan’s drop-top 6-series BMW delivers all the looks, performance and creature comforts you’ll ever want at a fraction of what you’d pay through a traditional rental agency.

6. Jeff’s Mustang Convertible, Pasadena, CA

Try finding a convertible Ford Mustang somewhere else for a better price...

Try finding a convertible Ford Mustang somewhere else for a better price…

Is there a car more ideally suited to its environment than Jeff’s ragtop Ford on this list? We think not. Located in picturesque Pasadena, this car is within walking distance from the metro and provides a great way to enjoy California’s seemingly year-long summers.

5. Land Rover Range Rover, Los Angeles, CA

Big, bad and it won't break the bank...this is the perfect car for any trip

Big, bad and it won’t break the bank…this is the perfect car for any trip

Another pick from the City of Angels, Brian’s Range Rover is a fun ride of a very different feather. If you want to roll in style and comfort without breaking the bank, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option anywhere.

4. Jason’s Toyota Prius, Marina del Rey, CA

The Prius is one of the most popular cars on the RelayRides marketplace, and this one in Marina del Rey is the one people love the most

The Prius is one of the most popular cars on the RelayRides marketplace, and this one in Marina del Rey is the one people love the most

More than any other metro area in America, Los Angeles is for driving–because you will do a lot of it if you want to get almost anywhere. With that in mind, fuel consumption becomes just as important as driving dynamics and luxury for many renters–perhaps even more so. So it makes perfect sense that with low rates, stellar response time and all the bells and whistles you could want from a modern car, this hybrid has become one of the most desired vehicles in the marketplace.

3. Geng’s Lexus CT 200h Jersey City, NJ

This is an excellent choice for style, location and price

This is an excellent choice for style, location and price

Back on the East Coast we find Geng’s very sharp 200h. Sharing much of its internal hardware with the Toyota Prius, this Lexus provides all the refinement you’d expect from the nameplate while also returning incredible gas milage and the great versatility found in its 5-door configuration.

2. Ravi’s Honda Civic, Jersey City NJ

This is one of the New York Metro Area's best deals

This is one of the New York Metro Area’s best deals

If there’s one car that’s more synonymous with trouble-free, reliable motoring than any other, it’s the Honda Civic. With dirt cheap rates, GPS, MP3 connectivity and piece-of-mind that comes hand in hand with a rock-solid Civic, Ravi’s Honda is the ideal commuter vehicle.

1. Because Race Car, Lotus Elise Concord, CA

A convertible sports car is a luxury most of us can't afford, but who needs to buy one, when Simon will rent you his for a great price?

A convertible sports car is a luxury most of us can’t afford, but who needs to buy one, when Simon will rent you his for a great price?

One pick in particular on this list really warms the cockles of this writer’s heart—it is undoubtedly Simon’s 2005 Lotus Elise. Simon is quick to point out that this is sports car is not for the faint of heart: “Placed on a sliding scale of practicality, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, the Elise would be somewhere around -2.” And while that’s probably true, it does nothing to detract from the desirability of this legitimately thrilling vehicle. The marketplace’s favorite car by a significant margin, just a glance at this gorgeous drop top and it become obvious why it grabbed the number one spot.