Economy rental cars will have either 2 or 4 doors. While most will be 4 door, it is rare that a company will guarantee which you will get.
Some Examples of common economy car rental makes and models are
The seating capacity of an economy car rental will be 4 or 5.
I would not recommend an economy sizefor 5 people if you will be driving any distance... compact would be a little bigger and often the same price!
Average Luggage Capacity
The average luggage capacity of an economy rental car is
1 Large 1 Medium 1 Small - pieces of luggage.
This figure (provided by car rental companies) is often quite conservative and will depend on the type of luggage/items you carry. If you have any concerns about the luggage capacity in a rental economy car, it should be easy for you to look at the trunk of one before you rent (either through a friend, family member or even a local auto dealership).
Common features that you will find in an economy size are:
Average Fuel Economy
The average gas mileage for an economy sized car is
26 mpg – city
35 mpg - highway
When you see two options for seating capacity, it means that the rental company has both options available in that category. You are guaranteed 4 passenger seating. Whether or not you get 5 passenger seating would depend on what make/model you getat the rental counter.
The economy car class is the most often overbooked category... you are most likely to be offered or given a free upgrade when you reserve an economy car... although it is never a guarantee.
Note: In general categories, companies can rarely guarantee a make or model. That’s why you’ll usually see one example with a notation of "or similar". That means you will get either that vehicle or something of similar size and with similar features.