Turo Rental Cars Are So Cool You Will Ditch Your Favorite Car Rental Agency
Would You Rather Drive a Camry, or an Aston?
Updated May 28, 2018
When you hear the term rental car, what car do you think about? I doubt you can think of anything more interesting than a Focus, Camry or, at best, the BMW 3 series. Maybe a 6-cylinder Mustang if you’re lucky. Well, one company is looking to shake things up in the car rental industry. Turo is something like Tripping or Airbnb for cars. The system is a simple one – you rent cars owned by other people and drive them as you would do with a standard rental. It’s a simple concept, and provides potential to drive some pretty nifty cars.
We scoured the listings and found ten of the coolest cars available to rent on Turo! In no particular order, here they are:
2008 Jaguar XJR
Only 60 bucks. You’ve read it right. You can rent this 2008 Jaguar XJR with a supercharged V8 in San Antonio for only $60 per day. That is seriously cheap. Considering you can get a 400 hp luxury cruiser, which certainly can put to shame any common car of today, for that kind of money is rather incredible. Although this is not a sports machine, be advised: 0-60 mph in a brisk 5 seconds and a top speed of around 160 mph. A compelling offer for sure.
2011 Aston Martin Rapide
Arguably one of the most breathtaking four-door coupes ever is available for rent as well. You are looking here at the 2011 Aston Martin Rapide available in New York, for $548 per day. No, it isn’t exactly affordable, but it is gorgeous. What do you really expect though? It is an Aston, after all.
The British sedan is a well-sorted vehicle with a V12 so powerful it will propel it to more than 186 mph. That’s huge.
2011 Rolls Royce Ghost
Another aristocratic British entry – a 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost. Not only can you rent it, but it’s far more affordable compared to that insane Aston Martin. Its owner rents it for a more reasonable $225. You get an outstanding luxury machine only a handful would recognize as a baby Rolls, so this seems to be a very impressive deal.
The car is available in Los Angeles, California. Let me just remind you this thing can fetch a price of over $315,000 when new, but you can experience it for only $225.
1972 Porsche 914/6
Turo offerings really do cover the whole spectrum of cars. Apart from modern luxurious and fast machines, one user listed his astonishing 1972 Porsche 914/6. True, this is not as cool as the old Porsche 911 Targa cars. However, the car is ready for rent for only $150. A classic not many have an access to should be the ultimate companion for long topless drives. With a flat six engine producing a proportional 110 hp, it is one of the most powerful 914s available. This one is available in Phoenix, Arizona.
2007 Ferrari F430
This mid-engined Ferrari is available for $375 a day in San Diego, California. This supercar is limited to 150 miles per day, but that should be more than reasonable. Arguably one of Ferrari’s most iconic staple cars, the F430 will likely be a hot collector’s item in a decade or two. This one is finished in blue, is a 2007 model, and stocks a V8 good for 483 hp; enough for 196 mph and 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. A supercar for $375. Amazing.
2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
You did not expect me to finish the list without a muscle car, did you? That’s right, you can rent a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. One of the 2016 model year – so powerful it would put all the other cars on the list to shame. 707 horses of screaming supercharged power for $346 a day. Not exactly a steal, but try to find another offering like this. The real question though, is whether to rent this for a day, or the Jag for six?
2008 Dodge Viper
This V10 beast from 2008 wearing a Dodge Viper body is up for rent for $347 per day. There’s no mileage limit, so if you can cover 1,000 miles in a day, cover them. The owner is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and knows exactly what this absolute monster was made for.
The listing for this car is clear: “2008 Dodge Viper, rare snakeskin pearl green. Very sexy car, and very fast. Not for drivers that are beginners.”
Speed: 200+ mph
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
This is probably one of the best Ford cars ever revealed. The Shelby GT350 features a rather fine V8 flat-plane crank engine with more than 500 hp. It is a fast car, and loud as hell. After all, some consider it to be the best sounding muscle car of the new generation.
It is not cheap though. You are looking at $400 for a day of use with a 500-mile limit, not that you could really hit that limit…or could you?
Let’s not forget that it also comes with a proper manual transmission, and according to the owner, produces a sound that will “make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.”
1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Only a few short years ago driving this car on the US soil would have seen the car impounded. A proper JDM 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R for rent is available in Houston, Texas for a pretty reasonable $213 per day. Considering how many Japanese car fanboys are here, we are not even surprised this car reached our list. Of course, it is a right-hand drive car, with a ‘276 hp’ engine, though if you’ll recall the gentleman’s agreement Japan honored in the 90’s, you might say this car actually develops somewhere north of 300 hp.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
This classic Corvette is both gorgeous and far from being the most expensive car on the list. You can rent this stunning 1965 Chevrolet Corvette in San Jose, California, for just $101 per day with a 100-mile limit. After all, it is a 50-year-old car. Don’t expect to go on a road trip with it. Actually, even the owner noted that they did all they could to make it as reliable as possible, but it may happen that some maintenance issues surface. Under the hood is a 327-cubic-inch (5.4-liter) V8. It rumbles just as it should, and hopefully, it doesn’t rattle too.
After seeing all these astonishing cars at Turo, are you more inclined to rent something like this instead of dull and boring stuff like a Camry or some crappy SUV? We bet not.