Cons: The reservation was made at the wrong airport.
8.0 ExcellentMay 5 2021
Cons: Priceline gave us a car at the wrong airport!!! I had to pay more and make a new reservation. There needs to be a clear label stating that there are two airports and that one is tiny. Very disappointing.
8.0 ExcellentMay 4 2021
Cons: Trouble in getting receipt for total charges. Office not open when car dropped off.
6.0 GoodMay 1 2021
Pros: Returning the vehicle was easyCons: We were charged a smoking fee and we didn’t smoke in the car. The car we got already smelt like cigarettes and I want a refund for the charge
10.0 ExcellentApr 26 2021
Pros: Very friendly and helpful *****Cons: Waiting time too long, mine was over 30 minutes
2.0 MediocreApr 26 2021
Cons: Making changes to the rental pickup. I had a medical emergency so my wife had to pickup the cat Hertz wanted $700 to let her pickup the rental. She was listed as the driver but she did not have the credit card the rental I rented the car with. Customer service wanted $700 to make changes. Things were finally taken care of at the local level. Customer service from hertz sucks
2.0 MediocreApr 22 2021
Pros: I did not like anything.Cons: Hertz never followed through with my car rental. I prepaid and reserved 3 weeks prior to my arrival and they sent me a text the night before explaining that they would not have a vehicle for me in the state of Arizona. It has been nearly one month and I have not received a refund.
2.0 MediocreApr 20 2021
Pros: Nothing. We where denied the car after taking a 45 dollar Uber ride from Sky harbor AP to get it. I stated that a mistake was made on purchasing the rental and we had came from said AP to pick it up. The manager refused. We tried to get a new rental from Herrz at sky harbor but the deal was four times more expensive ( 1230.00) for the week. We ended up getting a car from a much more hospitable rental company at Mesa AP and they had no problem letting us return it at Skyharbor AP. The counter help was very rude to the point of making my temper rise. I tried to get customer service for over an hour to no avail. I’m having my bank withdraw payment.Cons: Read above and figure it out.
10.0 ExcellentApr 19 2021
Pros: Very good priceCons: They didnt have the staff needed to fill up the car before I got there.
Pros: The manager was niceCons: They put me in a car that had a recall and after waiting 45 minute to get through the line, I ended up having to back out to get another car, which was a small SUV. Very different from the luxury car that I reserved and paid for.
10.0 ExcellentApr 21 2021
Pros: Excellent + fast pickup and dropofff
10.0 ExcellentApr 18 2021
Pros: Staff was amazing.Cons: overall good experience.
8.0 ExcellentDec 29 2020
Cons: Price at airport was considerably higher than places just a few miles away.
7.2 GoodAug 19 2020
Pros: I like that we were upgraded after they rented out the vehicle we reserved.Cons: The price was still quite steep and the A/C didn’t work the best and the cruise control didn’t work in the car either.
2.0 MediocreAug 17 2020
Cons: I paid over 40 Just to arrive at the location just to be told they don’t have any of the vehicles I put in for a reserved
10.0 ExcellentJul 6 2020
Pros: Staff was friendly and helpful. Dropoff was super easy. All in all a great experience. Will use again!
10.0 ExcellentMar 29 2020
Pros: The staff members were really good with excellent customer service
10.0 ExcellentMar 27 2020
Cons: Cancelled without question Thanks
8.0 ExcellentMar 21 2020
Pros: Easy pick up and drop off friendly staffCons: Prices were pretty high for a weeks worth of rental
Pros: staff were courteous and efficient. Drop off was effecient and quick.Cons: I had a very good experience with the truck rental. Thank you.
6.0 GoodApr 20 2021
Cons: Prices need to go down and all should have a key drop off
6.0 GoodApr 9 2021
Pros: Car was dirty inside and out when we picked it up....dropped it off at Yuma, gal was great there!Cons: Clean the car before we get it
10.0 ExcellentApr 7 2021
Pros: Staff in person was extremely friendly and helpful!!
2.0 MediocreMar 27 2021
Pros: I didn’t like anything. We arrived at our original airport only to find out the rental was booked at a different airport. I had to pay $100 to Uber to the Mesa airport and when I got there, they didn’t have any cars. There was a line of about 30-40 people that were all waiting for cars.Cons: Kayak needs to do a better job of disclosing the location of the rental place. I put in the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. What I didn’t realize is they switched the airport to the Mesa airport. Then when we finally were able to get to the Mesa airport, there weren’t any cars.
2.0 MediocreDec 29 2020
Pros: Nothing.Cons: You rented me a car from a closed location. I was dropped off with no way home. I finally got a ride home. Before confirming a reservation you should make sure the business is actually open.
10.0 ExcellentDec 29 2020
Pros: Good sizeCons: Charged more than my itinerary
10.0 ExcellentDec 2 2020
Pros: awesome staff. only one person there for check in so had to wait about 15 minutes. But everything was great. I will definitely use again when I need a car.Cons: hours of operation limited and staff limited due to pandemic. But they were awesome working around this issue. Great experience.
7.6 GoodNov 16 2020
Pros: The staff was very friendly and helpful - even when I arrived very close to 6 pm. The vehicle was clean and in great shape, the paperwork was fast and easy to complete.Cons: It could have been catastrophic that I rented a van, but a large SUV was cheerfully presented to me when I arrived as though I would consider it an upgrade; the van came back damaged. When you need a van, you need a van so I think a customer should be called about something like this and given the chance to say fine, I'll take the SUV or please find and get me a van from a nearby location. I worked with the SUV but it was a startling surprise. Also, I didn't like the street I had to leave my car on much - not visible to Enterprise due to a wall or bushes, and it was dark.
Pros: The rental vehicle was a great value, clean, and the customer service was top notch.
3.2 MediocreSep 12 2018
Pros: No drop-off fee for dropping at a different location.Cons: Exterior of car was dirty and I was told that was because it was the desert. The person at the desk handed me the keys and told me I would find the car out in the lot. The lot is a hotel lot and I had no idea where to look. It was 100 degrees and I had my 87 year old mother with me. I looked all over and had to go inside and find the worker who also had trouble finding the car. Started out of the lot to discover a low tire pressure warning. Back inside. This time the worker came out with me. Didn't realize until I was well on my way that the AC wasn't cooling right. I had it at 64 with full fan and it was never cool. I would never rent from this location again.
5.6 OkayAug 28 2018
OkPros: Easy drop offCons: Was not able to choose rental
9.6 ExcellentApr 1 2018
Great servicePros: Nice new car a 2018 Hunday wth only 3000 miles. Loved the car smooth quiet ride.Cons: None
9.6 ExcellentNov 22 2017
Pros: Great car for weekend rate with fast service.Cons: Smelled like air freshener so kept the windows open which was okay with good weather.
7.2 GoodSep 11 2017
Wish we had tinted windowsPros: Bob was quick and on point good locationCons: With I I tinted windows. Sun beaming.
Pros: The staff was the worst part. We won't rent from national again. Linda was awful and not just to me. She was awful to several other customers.Cons: The wait for the car pickup was 40 minutes even though we had a reservation.
10.0 ExcellentSep 29 2020
Cons: Great service, with great efficiency.
2.0 MediocreApr 1 2019
Cons: cancelled found same rental cheaper with someone else
8.4 ExcellentMar 25 2019
Cons: The rates were higher (double) than other airports. There were two empty water bottles in the vehicle when we picked it up.
10.0 ExcellentOct 29 2017
Pros: service, clean, carCons: Tried to charge it for a full tank of gas when we have already had filled it
7.6 GoodMay 5 2016
Cons: car smelled heavily of smoke. seats were stained but that wasn't a big deal.
Pros: was close to where we were staying and was convenient. thought we got a fair rental amount except for the additional cost - see dislike. selection was not great - rented a mid-size car and got a hyndai elantra.Cons: went to pick up car and asked for discount for AAA or AARP. Was asked for our aarp card which we gave and received a discount for. Then after we went to pay, was told we needed insurance ($60+) for an additional driver, but if we had used aarp coverage would have been included at no additional charge. he didn't explain that before and he was the one who asked for our AAA card. Explained to use aarp he would have to redo everything and we had already waited about half an hour so we went ahead and paid the additional amount.
3.6 MediocreJan 17 2017
Pros: car smelled like pot. the rental agent said it was legas and nothing he could do. Our car was going to the shop and no other cars were available. after going to a casino there was a police checkpoint and they had my wife and I sit on the curb for one hour in the rail while they searched the car. It was one in the morning and we are in our 70's. Never another avis
6.0 GoodJan 6 2017
Pros: I didn't rent a car in Mesa, just returned. The attendant was pleasant and there was no wait.
With the huge Tonto National Forest on the northeast, the South Mountain Park 15 miles to the west, and the city of Phoenix only half an hour drive away, there is plenty to explore around Mesa, apart from the wonderful city itself, of course. Mesa is the perfect base for the many incredible hiking and walking opportunities in and around the city, and there is no more convenient way to get to all your remote and local destinations than by car. Rent a car for your time in Arizona and set up your own schedule and itinerary.
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is just over 20 miles from Mesa’s heart, so make it easy and rent a car directly from the various rental car agencies located right at the terminal. A drive to Mesa will only take about half an hour from the airport, and you can head straight to your next destination or accommodation via the US-60 West.
Usually, Arizona is known as one of the sun-kissed states with splendid weather; however, there are monsoons happening regularly throughout the state, including heavy rain showers, strong winds, or dust storms. Always heed the warnings of signs and do not enter areas that tend to get flooded when there is a heavy rain storm. Also, as rain showers and dust storms can impair visibility, make sure to adjust your speed or even stop entirely where it is safe, and only drive on when the weather conditions improve.
The daily rush hour in Mesa is heaviest on the routes between Mesa and Phoenix, for example on the I-10, US-60, and AZ-202. Especially between 7 and 9 am and 5 and 7pm are peak times in Mesa where the roads can be severely congested. At least an extra hour should be planned ahead so there will be no major delays for travelers.
25% of our users found rental cars in Mesa for $28 or less
Book your rental car in Mesa at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Full-size rental cars in Mesa are around 45% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Mesa
Some car rental companies in Mesa which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Enterprise and Sixt
On average a rental car in Mesa costs $37 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($39/day), Alamo ($77/day) and Avis ($83/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz 2025 West Main Street 85201 (3 miles from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Mesa are Alamo (8.7, 76 reviews), Enterprise (8.3, 110 reviews), and Hertz (6.1, 217 reviews).
The average gas price in Mesa is $3.25 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $39 and $52, depending on the car size.
Standard (Hyundai Elantra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Mesa.
A Standard car rental in Mesa costs $33 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Mesa costs $36 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in Mesa costs $33 per day, on average.
In Mesa, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 4001 E Bell Rd #104 (18 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Mesa costs $256 per week ($37 per day).
On average a rental car in Mesa costs $1,098 per month ($37 per day).
As Mesa is surrounded by national forests and parks that are perfect for hiking and walking, a 4-wheel-drive car is recommended. Such a car will give you the necessary traction you will need when driving up winding mountain roads as well as when being hit by one of Arizona’s famous rain showers.
Adjusting your speed to the prevailing weather conditions is paramount when driving in Mesa, but general regulations allow 25 mph in built-up areas and 15 mph in alleys or around schools. On most freeways, the maximum speed limit is 65 mph, but it may also be less than that, so always check the posted signs and adhere to the given speed limits.
The average price for a gallon of gas is approximately $2.70, but try to find cheaper stations like Costco, where you may only have to pay $2.40 per gallon. Whenever you leave the city limits and venture out to the many national parks for hiking, fill up the tank beforehand so you don’t run the risk of running out of gas.
There are various parking opportunities in Mesa that allow free parking for up to two hours, including 44 E 3rd Place, for instance. There are also plenty of parking lots and garages scattered around downtown, like Mesa City Hall Lot, the Gold Lots, or the Purple Lots. If possible, try to find accommodation with a parking lot included so overnight parking is not expensive and the car can always be nearby.
Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).