The choice on whether or not to rent a car in Arizona really depends on how you plan on traveling while you are there. If you are going to stick to a major city, such as Phoenix or Tucson, there are generally plenty of public transportation options to get you around town, plus you can take advantage of taxis and rideshare vehicles. If you are going on longer adventures and especially if you're going out to places such as the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, or Sedona, you are most certainly going to want a vehicle for the utmost ease and convenience.
Although driving in Arizona is not much different than any other state in the United States, there are still some unique laws and features to know about when you drive here. Like every state in the United States, drivers in Arizona will drive on the right side of the road and all distances and speeds will be in miles. It is important to remember that Arizona has banned the use of cell phones while you drive, but you generally can use them in a hands-free manner. If you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, you must move over one lane as long as it is not dangerous to do so. If you can't move over, you must reduce your speed by at least 10 mph below the speed limit.
For the most part, to rent a car in Arizona, you will need to be twenty one years or older. An exception to this is if you want to rent a nicer car, such as a luxury sedan or a premium SUV. Rental car companies will generally want you to be twenty five years or older to do so. This age restriction is also going to be true if you want to use a debit card instead of a credit card to rent your car. There are some rental car companies that will let anyone who is eighteen years or older rent a car, but prepare for the fact that this is going to be a very basic vehicle and you will have very limited options to choose from.
On average a rental car in Arizona costs $47 per day.
Compact (Kia Soul or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Arizona.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget ($27/day), Avis ($27/day) and Dollar ($32/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Arizona are Alamo (8.6, 287 reviews), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8.2, 602 reviews), and Sixt (7.8, 551 reviews).
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On average a rental car in Arizona costs $387 per week ($55 per day).
On average a rental car in Arizona costs $1,658 per month ($55 per day).