New Poll Ranks the Best Car Rental Companies

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By US DailyReview.

Just in time for summer family travel season, Zagat, the leading provider of consumer-based ratings and reviews, releases the results of its latest U.S. Car Rental Survey covering 10 leading brands.  Hertz made a clean sweep of top ratings for Vehicles, Reliability, Service and Popularity, netting the title of Top Overall car rental company. The surveyors, predominantly men, rented cars 11.4 times on average in the past year – 6.7 times for business and 4.7 for leisure. In addition to providing ratings on Zagat’s 30-point scale, the surveyors offered comments about their experiences with the various rental carbrands.

Following Hertz, National took the No. 2 spot edging out Avis.  National also was rated the best value among the 10 brands. The following are lists of the top five winners in each surveyedcategory:

Vehicles              Reliability            Service            Overall (VRS)
1. Hertz (25) 1. Hertz (25) 1.  Hertz (23) 1.  Hertz (24)
2. National (23) 2.  National (24) 2.  National (22) 2.  National (23)
3. Avis (23) 3.  Avis (24) 3.  Enterprise (22) 3.  Avis (23)
4. Enterprise (21) 4.  Enterprise (23) 4.  Avis (21) 4.  Enterprise (22)
5. Alamo (21) 5.  Alamo (21) 5.  Alamo (19) 5.  Alamo (20)              
Popularity: Bang for the Buck:
1. Hertz 1.  National
2.  Enterprise 2.  Enterprise
3.  Avis 3.  Hertz
4.  National 4.  Avis
5.  Budget 5.  Alamo

Surveyors were asked to select the best rental car brands in a variety of additional categories. Enterprise wins for Deals and Promotions, Neighborhood Rentals, and Car Pick-Up Experience, while Hertz wins the remaining 10 of 13 categories. The results are asfollows:

Business Travel – Hertz Neighborhood Rentals – Enterprise
Leisure Travel – Hertz Deals and Promotions – Enterprise
Counter Staff – Hertz Car Pick-Up Experience –Enterprise
Self-Service Kiosk – Hertz Car Return Experience – Hertz
Loyalty Program – Hertz Shuttle Experience – Hertz
Green Options – Hertz Website – Hertz
Airport Rentals – Hertz

According to Tim Zagat, co-Chair of Zagat, “Having closely followed the car rental industry over the past 20 years, it comes as no surprise to see Hertz, National and Avis dominating. However, the degree of Hertz’s victory in this year’s survey is mostimpressive.”

The full ratings and reviews of the car rental brands can be found


Known as the “burgundy bible,” Zagat Survey is the world’s most trusted source for consumer-generated survey information. With a worldwide network of surveyors, Zagat rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories and is lauded as the “most up-to-date,” “comprehensive” and “reliable” guide, published on all platforms. Zagat content is available to consumers wherever and whenever they need it: on, Zagat for smartphones and in book form. In September of 2011, Zagat was acquired by GoogleInc.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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