The major aviation hub in Orlando, Florida is Orlando International Airport (MCO), located six miles southeast of the city. It is a large airport comprised of two central terminals, each connected to two airside terminals. All told there are four gate areas each with their own network of bars, restaurants and shops. In between the two main terminals, in the center of the airport, you’ll find 11 rental car agencies. So no matter what terminal airline passengers arrive at, they will inevitably pass through this area after they disembark.
Orlando Airport (Photo_: Josh Hallet via Flickr)
The question then becomes a matter of options. with so many car rental companies in one place, which offer the best deals and service? For the purposes of narrowing the field, we’ve analyzed each of the rental agencies located in MCO and have defined the top three according to a number of criteria, including fleet options, price, and customer satisfaction. Here are the results.
Far and away the cheapest rental option in MCO is EZ Rent a Car. Their economy and compact vehicles start at around $12 per day (before taxes and fees) for those who pay at the counter, and there are further discounts of a dollar or two if you pay online. Compare that to the next cheapest option, Dollar Rent a Car, whose most inexpensive economy vehicle is almost $16—and that rate is exclusively part of their Lock Low and Go program, which means customers don’t get to pick their own vehicle. Overall E-Z Rent-A-Car enjoys positive reviews, with customers raving about the low prices. However, fleet availability can be an issue, so it’s best to book vehicles in advance.
Enterprise has an extensive fleet of quality vehicles, which means families won’t have issues selecting a rental that accommodates everyone in their brood. They offer everything from full-size four-doors, to standard SUVs that seat five, to premium crossover vehicles (like the Buick Enclave) that can fit up to seven people. And the prices aren’t too steep either. For example, a standard SUV averages about $91 per day before taxes and fees. But the real bonus comes in the form of the extras. Families will like the fact that, with Enterprise, you can select various extras, such as a child safety seat for $8.95 per day, right from the booking page of the website.
For those renters who want luxury and premium vehicles at decent prices, Avis is the best bet. They have a decent-sized selection of upscale cars in their fleet, including Ford Mustangs, Dodge Chargers, Cadillac XTS and Chrysler 300. A Chevy Impala, for instance, can be had for just $96.80 if you pay at the counter, and there’s a steep discount for those who book online. Also, in the “Avis Signature Series,” you can find even more slick cars such as Mercedes, Volvos and BMWs, all of them for less than $200 per day. The customer reviews are mostly positive, with folks praising the selection of vehicles as well as the speed of service.