If you’re a family that loves adventure, the open road, and beautiful scenery, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of the best rental cars for your next family road trip.

Clark Griswold could have saved his family from many disasters had he only had the right vehicle arranged. Don’t be like Clark. Get sorted with the best family car for your road trip.


When it comes to the best SUVs, Thrifty’s range is pretty hard to beat! The SUV models are some of the top family cars going around. Choose from a lineup of Mitsubishi ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander, Toyota Kluger (or similar) when you take off for your next road trip. All models are exceptional when it comes to performance, style and comfort.

No matter which one you choose, Thrifty’s entire range of SUVs are well equipped for both city and country-style adventures, so there’s no stopping you from taking that long awaited getaway with the fam.

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Mini bus

For those all-time classic extended family holidays, save yourself the hassle of arranging drivers (plus a tonne of petrol) and opt for a mini-bus instead! Toyota’s 12 Seat Commuter will easily fit two or three families and make for an unforgettable family holiday. Did we mention that you can also drive these buses on a regular car licence?

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Luxury sedan

For the family who’s got it all. Enjoy the stylish interiors of a Mercedes C200 as you cruise around the country. This classy make of Merc is popular for a number of reasons: innovative safety features including blind spot warning, autonomous emergency braking, and a reverse camera. The Mercedes C200 also has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating – a prestigious title awarded only to the safest family cars.

Small family car

For those families who don’t need much room, there’s a great range of small family cars Thrifty renters can choose from. With great fuel consumption and perfect for parking in busy metropolitan city locations there are great benefits to having a more compact car. The Toyota Corolla or Kia Cerato are two great models that are ideal for a weekend getaway or an city jaunt with the family. Our compact range of cars are an equal blend of style, practicality, and economy is more than enough for a weekend away.

Environmentally friendly travel

There are of course countless ways to be kinder to the environment, from using reusable bottles and coffee mugs to volunteering in beach clean up days. And as for taking your next family holiday, you can not only opt for a road trip instead of a flight, but also opt for eco friendly cars instead of standard vehicles.

An eco friendly car rental now means you can opt to hire a hybrid car in Australia. For example, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is a great option that more and more people are choosing to help bring down their fuel consumption (and fuel cost!) during road trips.

With more than 170 car hire locations around the country, there’s bound to be one with the right family road trip car for you – whether that’s a small family car, a luxury sedan, an SUV or even a mini-bus. The most important factor is having your family around you and enjoying time together.

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