Car rental alternatives in Detroit, MI

Rolling through
Motor City

These days when you visit Detroit, it’s not just the lustrous, Golden-era history that will enchant you, but the revival of the city’s culture bursting around every corner. From the Heidelberg Project, a community project that fills downtown neighborhoods with art, to the young chefs raising the bar on the city’s already stellar eating options, you’ll have plenty to take in.

Pick up your Detroit airport car rental alternative upon arrival to get into all of Detroit’s nooks and crannies — and you won’t be able to miss the iconic local history of Motown and automobiles.

Detroit favorites

While there’s nothing as pressing as the present, Detroit wouldn’t be the cultural hub it is today if not for the past.

Motown Historical Museum

Step into this small house that was the birthplace of Motown music, and belt out a tune in the same Studio A where the likes of The Supremes and Marvin Gaye laid down their tracks.

The Henry Ford Museum

In the suburb of Dearborn, you’ll find this extensive collection of exhibits on the evolving technology of automobiles, plus fascinating historical memorabilia, like the presidential limo from JFK’s last ride.

Museum of African American History

Presenting a broad view of the African-American experience from the Underground Railroad to the present, this large collection of artifacts, art, and stories provides an educational and moving journey.

Top hosts in Detroit, MI

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Yas G. All-Star Host
137 trips Joined Oct 2012
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Yas was a pleasure to deal with and very flexible The car was perfect for cruising around Detroit
Mark - September 17, 2019
This was my first turo rental, and it was awesome! Everything was easy, the car was great. Picking up & doing of at the terminal, rather than a rental center was a game changer. Thank you!!
Rebecca - August 7, 2019
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Simon C. All-Star Host
1,233 trips Joined May 2017
Typically responds in 41 minutes

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Simon was great to work with. He responded to messaging very promptly. Instructions were clearly laid out. The car itself was spotless and ran great. I drove it from Detroit to Toledo and back without any difficulties. This was my first time using Turo and he did a great job of answering all of my annoying questions. Definitely recommend Simon for anyone looking to rent a car!
Ryan - October 23, 2019
Cool, interesting cars are always better than airport rental cars, and Simon's Bolt EV was no exception. His vehicle was waiting in an off-site parking lot, was spotless, and was a lot of fun to drive. Simon even provided access to a drive through carwash minutes from the airport, which I thought was cool. If I'm in Detroit again, I'd love to rent Simon's Bolt again. Thank you very much!
Jake - August 22, 2018
Skip the rental car counter

Hit the road

Michigan is surrounded by water, which means when you book your Detroit car rental alternative on Turo, you’re not far from a scenic escape into nature or a relaxing change of pace.


For the quintessential Lake Michigan beach town experience, book your Detroit car rental alternative on Turo to snap out your towel on these fine dunes. You can also quaintly sip cider or cocoa in town.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

After you get over the indignation of having to drive two hours into Ohio for hike-worthy terrain, direct your Detroit car rental alternative to this park, where your efforts will be rewarded with cold, hard waterfalls.

Ann Arbor

For a small-town feel in a city that isn’t actually small, head over to the home of the University of Michigan, where you can delight in the refined arts and dining scene, or football fandom.

Average ratings in Detroit (4.7 stars)

Pontiac Grand Prix 2007
Christina and her crew were fantastic. They were flexible with waiting to hear from me when my plane landed before coming to pick me up and being available to meet me a little earlier than I’d scheduled. The drivers who picked me up and dropped me off were friendly and professional. They are super close to the airport, so it’s no less convenient than the shuttle to the car rental companies. The car was clean and ran well- exactly as described. Nothing fancy, but did what I needed it to do and saved me tons of money vs car rental companies or lyft. Highly recommend.
Kimberly G. - June 16, 2019
Toyota Camry 2012
The convenience of this was the most amazing aspect - not having to wait in endless lines for rental cars and the extra time it takes to bring it back - we avoided all this and it was so easy peasy. Never renting another car the old way again.
Maria S. - August 19, 2019
Chevrolet Bolt EV 2017
Cool, interesting cars are always better than airport rental cars, and Simon's Bolt EV was no exception. His vehicle was waiting in an off-site parking lot, was spotless, and was a lot of fun to drive. Simon even provided access to a drive through carwash minutes from the airport, which I thought was cool. If I'm in Detroit again, I'd love to rent Simon's Bolt again. Thank you very much!
Jake Z. - August 22, 2018
Kia Forte 2010
Nice car rental was smooth Christina was a great help would rent again anytime!
Jack D. - August 19, 2018
Ford C-Max Energi 2017
Overall great experience - my first with Turo. Great host (Robert), free pick and drop off to the airport (Note: others on Turo charge for this), in my case, Robert was even ok with a last minute change in the drop off timing, good/clean car, several gas stations by his place to fill up before drop off, overall very convenient - and more importantly, very cost-effective Vs big box car rental companies!
Mathew C. - July 29, 2018
Kia Optima 2007
Excellent communication with Cristina, highly recommend to rent a car from.
Dorian Q. - June 3, 2019
Chevrolet Corvette 2016
My trip was a little bit of work and then mostly leisure as I was in Michigan for my 50th class reunion. This is my 3rd Turo Corvette rental and as the other ones it went very well. Simon was a great host, the car was right where he said it would be, the instructions were easy to follow, and everything went great, and hands down I had the coolest car at the reunion.
Harry S. - September 23, 2019
BMW 6 Series 2012
Yas was a pleasure to deal with and very flexible The car was perfect for cruising around Detroit
Mark G. - September 17, 2019
Chrysler 200 2016
Shawn was easy to contact and work with. The car was in great shape and clean. I will definitely rent from Shawn next time I am in Detroit. Great experience for my first one on this app. I recommend renting from Shawn.
Edmund F. - September 24, 2019
Hyundai Elantra 2005
Always great to deal with. My car died several times & I was a able to use his cars until I got a new one. Will definitely use him first if I need to rent again!
Angelo M. - September 26, 2019
Kia Soul 2015
Lou was a great owner and was a pleasure renting his car! Very easy to work with and the car was in great condition as well! Would recommend to anyone needing a car rental!
Kurt H. - May 11, 2019
Kia Forte 2018
I’ve worked with Simon twice already and I am more and more impressed with his professionalism and service. I needed a last minute rental car from DTW airport and had one ready thanks to him in minutes! I will ONLY rent a car from Simon every time I’m in Detroit.
Alexander L. - October 9, 2018
Nissan Sentra 2019
Very flexible when my plans needed to change. Great value-one of the best cars you'll find in the area
Cierra M. - October 1, 2019
Chevrolet Volt 2012
As you can see with his other reviews Christopher is extremely professional and easy to deal with. I 100% recommend using him for any rental needs
James J. - October 13, 2019
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019
This was my first time using Turo, so naturally I was nervous. Simon made this experience easier than renting from a regular car rental agency. The ease of retrieving the car and returning it with no wait made it more than worth it! Everyone else on this app needs to take note of how Simon makes renting from him an easy and professional process. I wish he was in every city I travel to! This was the easiest rental experience ever! Not to mention the car was brand new and in great condition!
Kimani K. - July 20, 2019
Nissan Sentra 2019
My boss had just used Turo in Columbia, MO for a busness trip so, when an unexpected journey came upon me last week to attend my aunt's funeral, I had toarrange flight and car rental within a couple of days. Aurfan is a diligent communicator making sure directions for pick up and drop off are clear. When I needed to drop off just an hour earlier we were able to easily arrange a mutually convenient time allowing me to get through security and to my flight. Aurfan is very personable and was there to pick me up as soon as possible when my flight landed 20 minutes before its scheduled 12:46 AM arrival! That's service! Aurfan made it a very easy rental and the car was wonderful to drive and virtually new. Thank you, Aurfan, for giving me nothing else troubling to think about and peace of mind ahead of the sad business I had to attend to. I'll look to see if Aurfan's car is available next time I come through Detroit on my way to visit family. Very much appreciated!
Andre R. - April 30, 2019
Audi A3 2016
Ovi's A3 was a fun ride. Sporty, cool, and comfortable. The ability to go from auto, to sport, and manual modes all made it fun to play with on the road. Ovi was easy to communicate with, and super understanding at the end of our trip when an unexpected issue came up with our trip (no fault of the car). Would definitely recommend!
Todd S. - September 18, 2019
Tesla Model S 2017
Awesome guy, very nice, flexible, the best! Very clean car, drives amazing. Will repeat again. Wonderful experience.
Rodrigo B. - September 20, 2019
Chevrolet Volt 2017
This was the best experience renting a car ever. The instructions were clear. The car was awesome and so clean. And Simon was super nice and friendly for the duration. I’ll rent this volt again when back in Detroit. Thanks Simon!
Scott H. - August 13, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Nice car, cool owner. Would rent again!
Jaray F. - September 25, 2019
Cadillac CTS 2010
Really easy to rent Barbara’s car ! I recommend it !! The car is pretty comfortable and safe !
Titouan L. - September 26, 2019
Chevrolet Cruze 2011
Simon is great to rent from. The car was reliable. Thanks for everything.
John A. - September 28, 2019
Nissan Sentra 2010
It was a pleasure renting the vehicle from Clarence. He was punctual, flexible and pleasant. The car was clean and ran well,
Bruce B. - September 30, 2019
Tesla Model 3 2019
The car was great. Trevor was great. This made for a very cool trip.
Steffin S. - September 29, 2019
Chevrolet Cruze 2012
Great car, runs great, and was so easy to pickup/dropoff. Simon was gracious to accommodate me just hours before my reservation start. Will definitely rent from him again next time I'm in town.
Samora L. - September 29, 2019
Rhonda Ann
Audi S5 2015
This car was awesome and Chad was great to rent from! It was a great experience
Rhonda Ann F. - September 22, 2019
Nissan Sentra 2010
Clarence was very easy to work with. Provided a very clean and reliable vehicle. Also came to me to drop off and pick up vehicle with no issue. I will use again whenever I’m in Detroit
Denis R. - October 8, 2019
Ford Fusion 2010
nice guy. quick and efficient. car was as stated - clean and in well working condition. would rent from again.
Par G. - October 1, 2019
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2017
Simon made every step of this trip as seamless as possible. From a convenient pick up, to his responsiveness and understanding I would definitely recommend renting from him. His Fusion was also impeccable - clean and well maintained!
Marisa W. - September 23, 2019
Chevrolet Cruze 2011
Nice car that drives well. Trunk sometimes does not open right away but after a few clicks on the key it works. Would be happy to rent again. If you get the car washed, know it’s about 12-15 from where you have to pick up and drop off at the lot.
Collin M. - October 6, 2019
Chevrolet Cobalt 2008
Great host! Communication was great and the car was In good condition, got me to where I needed to go and came in handy. Will be renting with him again!
Gianni B. - October 6, 2019
Chevrolet Cruze 2011
Simon was very communicative. The car was overall very clean. Great on gas and reliable. I fly in put of state and needed a rental to see family and friends. Simon had a shuttle pick us up at the airport take us straight to the vehicle. Extremely easy to follow directions! I had family come in and rent a car from a tradiational rental just to pay for additional fees and insurance of $300. Would 10/10 rent again.
Reshonda W. - April 29, 2019
Jaguar XE 2018
Great people. Great car. You should use them.
David J. - September 19, 2019
Chevrolet Cruze 2014
Sommer was amazing. She was warm, friendly, quick to respond to my every question, and made a point of touching base just to make sure everything was going well. The car is great too: enough room for my luggage and equipment, but small enough to make parallel parking easy. I would definitely go with her again!
Beth P. - September 21, 2019
Toyota Prius 2007
Overall I was very pleased with trying out this service. Abram was helpful, willing to work with my schedule, communicated quickly at almost any hour of the day or night, and made things easy. I really appreciated his flexibility and the convenience of this service. My suggestion to anyone wanting to try out a car they're not familiar with though is to do a little research ahead of time to learn more about the car so you're not relying only on the owner's guide.
Ronald A. - September 23, 2019
Chrysler Pacifica 2006
Very reasonable person to deal
John W. - September 17, 2019
Toyota Camry 2012
Shawn was such an amazing host. I really enjoyed his service. He was prompt to communicate and helpful in every manner. Thank you for making my trip amazing!
Joseph Y. - September 17, 2019
Hershal Jesse
Hyundai Elantra 2007
Great car to get you where you need to go.
Hershal Jesse H. - September 22, 2019
Tesla Model 3 2019
Easy pickup and clean car, thanks!
Mohammad R. - September 22, 2019
Honda Accord 2018
He's very professional and I love the car!
Renaldo P. - September 21, 2019
Volkswagen Jetta 2007
Very good car for a quick trip in Detroit!!! 😍
Lam P. - August 26, 2019
Honda Civic 2018
Wonderful clean car and had a pick up and drop off!
Dennis M. - September 23, 2019
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019
2nd time with Simon always Awesome and Legit I travel to Detroit. I always hit hIm .. up Cool guy his way of rentals are so.effective!.
Jason H. - August 20, 2019
Toyota Prius 2009
We had a great experience with Abram. He was available and accommodating when we had minor car troubles. I would rent from him again if I ever come back to the Detroit area.
Rachel P. - August 11, 2019
Pontiac G6 2009
This has been the best and most convenient experience within my history of renting cars. I would most definitely utilize this service and would love to do business with Sean each time!!!
Alexis C. - August 8, 2019
Nissan Sentra 2010
Excellent trip, great host! Couldn’t of made things easier and more fluid. Would definitely rent from again! Car is clean and reliable. Perfect rental.
Janis S. - September 13, 2019
Kia Forte 2010
Very pleasant, helpful and reasonably priced. I will be renting from them again for sure.
Samuel R. - September 27, 2019
Hyundai Elantra 2007
Great communication & he was very organized which made the trip go really smooth
Desiree K. - September 27, 2019
Pontiac G6 2009
Really nice guy will do more business with him.had a great trip
Crystal Y. - September 23, 2019
Chevrolet Volt 2017
Great service and wonderful car!!!
Christa H. - September 26, 2019
Ford Fusion 2010
Perfect car for what I needed.
Tori L. - September 25, 2019
Hyundai Elantra 2005
Once again A very enjoyable drive I will continue to rent from Sean excellent
Daniel H. - September 27, 2019
Dodge Challenger 2019
Great car clean inside and out. Friendly communication was very quick and professional. Will definitely be booking again with Justin
Amanda A. - September 29, 2019
Chevrolet Cruze 2011
Simon was great at communication, making the entire experience simple and easy. The car was clean and rode great.
David W. - October 7, 2019
Chevrolet Camaro 2013
Awesome experience! Great communication and great car
Kobe C. - October 7, 2019
Pontiac G6 2009
Sean is always a pleasure to Touro from. I have utilized his services 3 times and will continue to. Easiest guy to deal with.
Shamika R. - September 30, 2019
Chevrolet Volt 2012
Christopher’s Chevy was clean and had all the conveniences you’d need in a car. Also, Chris was very accommodating. My flight out was delayed for a few hours and he allowed me turn the car in a few hours later than planned.
Suzie M. - October 8, 2019
Chevrolet Volt 2017
Simon goes into fine detail from point A -B making the picking up process smooth. He is always accessible and the vehicle was perfect for my trip. I plan on using him every time I come home.
Larry B. - October 5, 2019
Dodge Challenger 2019
I will definitely be renting again. And soon! Will recommend to all my friends and family!
Katana J. - October 6, 2019
Dodge Challenger 2019
Amazing experience with the car, definitely might do it again.
Christopher W. - October 14, 2019
Chevrolet Malibu 2013
It’s always a pleasure to rent with Simon .
Saphrah R. - October 12, 2019
Tesla Model 3 2018
Awesome car. First time driving a Tesla and it's fantastic. Simon was a great host.
Thomas G. - October 14, 2019
Tesla Model 3 2019
Trevor was an amazing host and the car was great!! He replied quick to my many questions and was kind and patient with his answers! Had an awesome time and would definitely recommend him to others!
Lexi P. - October 15, 2019
Mazda 3 2007
Jason & Company were easy to work with. Would rent from again.
Michelle S. - October 16, 2019
Kia Forte 2010
Cristina and her husband were great to work with and pickup/drop-off at the airport was practically seamless. The car was clean, has bluetooth, cold a/c, and operational cruise control! 10/10 would rent again, hands down best deal in Detroit!
Josiah C. - July 13, 2018
Chevrolet Cruze 2012
Simon was great to rent from. He has the Turo rental process down to a science and his email/text with the details made everything very smooth. Do not hesitate to rent one of his cars in Detroit. DT
Darrell T. - December 12, 2018
Pontiac G6 2007
Jacqueline was very nice and easy to communicate with at all times on the car. The vehicle had no issues at all and was super warm and clean with I picked it up. I would recommend her rental service to anyone in the future. I give her a 5 star rating! She definitely made my first time trip to Detroit very fast and easy and plan to use her every time in the near future!
Maya F. - January 7, 2019
Chevrolet Cruze 2011
Simon was outstanding to work with! His prices were reasonable, his car worked perfectly, and his pickup and drop off policy at DTW was ideal! It felt like I had a car in Detroit waiting for me at the airport, and I didn't even have to mess with a rental car counter. Highly recommended!!
Mark B. - February 17, 2019
Cadillac CTS 2010
Awesome rental, used it while my car was down. Barbara made everything so easy.
Desmond J. - July 30, 2019
Tesla Model 3 2019
Trevor's Tesla Model 3 was an awesome rental for a long weekend trip up to Traverse City! Trevor was a pleasure to communicate with and made sure I had all my questions answered and a good understanding of how the process works. Pickup and drop off at the DTW Green Lot was a breeze and very convenient. The charging was super quick at a Tesla super charger and extremely slow into a normal 110v house outlet - but handy nonetheless! We would be happy to rent Trevor's telsa again!
Michael V. - July 29, 2019
Volvo S80 2007
Jason's description of the car was accurate ('runs and drives well, is vacuumed, little raggedy") Even though the interior was raggedy it got me to my son's house and back to the airport just fine, and didn't cost nearly what the major rental car companies would have. Jason was prompt in picking me up at the airport, for an additional $20 fee (I had to take him home - 6 mins drive, which was ok and arrived at his house to be transported back to the airport by Christine). Jason and Christine(?) were both pleasant and personable and are working diligently to provide good service for their customers. I would rent from them again.
Pamela J. - August 5, 2019
Chevrolet Camaro 2016
Shaun was nothing but accommodating. Flight was delayed multiple hours and still met me around 11:30pm. Flexible on date of return as well. The best Turo/rental experience I’ve had. Will be using Shaun next time I’m in Detroit. Thank you sir.
Davis J. - July 8, 2019
Chevrolet Bolt EV 2017
We truly appreciated the opportunity to rent a Chevy Bolt from Simon through Turo. It was our first time driving an electric vehicle, and the experience was fantastic - I highly recommend! Simon provided us with all of the information we needed, and the ability to pick up and drop off the car from Detroit Metro airport made everything so convenient. The fast charging capability allowed us to use Level 3 charging on our trip between major cities in the Midwest, and many of these charging stations are conveniently located at Walmarts and restaurants where it’s easy to pass the 30-45 minutes to charge. Would be more than happy to do another 9-day roadtrip in Simon’s Bolt some time soon!
Madhur B. - July 12, 2019
Chevrolet Volt 2012
If I could put up a flashing banner I would. Rent from Chris, You won't be disappointed. Very well maintained vehicle, my trip couldn't have gone better. Thank you so much Chris, I wish you the best.
Tasha M. - August 8, 2019
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2017
Flight was delayed a day and Simon was accommodating. The car was spotless and great gas mileage. This is a go to car in Detroit for sure.
Joshua B. - August 8, 2019
Chevrolet Volt 2012
Christopher is an exemplary Turo host, and his Chevy Volt served the precise purpose of our Michigan road trip that suited our goals of travel on a low carbon footprint and fuel consumption. Christopher was communicative, prompt and supported DTW airport pick-up an delivery. A rider-focused attention on details, Christopher stocked the Volt with thoughtful amenities that included multiple phone chargers and adapters for radio inputs, and even a much needed umbrella. Best Turo experience.
David S. - July 22, 2019
Tesla Model 3 2019
Absolutely awesome experience from beginning to end! Great guy, great car! Car was impeccably clean. Can’t say enough about driving a Tesla. I own one myself. My first time using Turo and such a flawless and perfect experience. The car was backed in perfectly, fully charged and pristine. Trevor does it right! Very easy to communicate with Trevor throughout our trip with some questions And he was always so helpful and kind. Will for sure rent from him again when traveling to the area. Don’t miss out on an awesome experience!
Robert D. - July 21, 2019
Nissan Altima 2016
If I could give more stars I would. Missed my first flight so I came in many hours later. No problem for him, he was insanely accommodating with that. So much that I’m pretty sure my whole family is blocking normal car rentals from their lives in hopes that every turo host is like Lawrence. If I had more time I would have returned that car sparkling like it just came off the car lot, but as always, I’m running behind. Thanks again Lawrence, hope to use your car in the next couple months.
Sam C. - July 22, 2019
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019
First time using Turo. Simon was very easy to communicate with and the car was excellent. Will definitely use Simon’s car next time I’m in Detroit.
Heather D. - August 30, 2019
Chevrolet Spark 2014
Great experience. This was my first time using Turo and everything worked out perfectly. Ivan was great!
Gina M. - September 19, 2019
Ford Fusion 2010
So seamless and flexible! Definitely recommend.
Marissa W. - September 18, 2019
Tesla Model 3 2019
Very impressed with the whole experience. Trevor is an amazing host, very quick to respond and help. Highly recommended.
Milena M. - September 20, 2019
Dodge Charger 2017
Very professional team at MotorCity. Will rent from them again when back in Detroit.
Robert R. - September 15, 2019
Honda Accord 2018
Awesome experience very easy remote transaction
Ryan R. - September 24, 2019
BMW 6 Series 2012
This was my first turo rental, and it was awesome! Everything was easy, the car was great. Picking up & doing of at the terminal, rather than a rental center was a game changer. Thank you!!
Rebecca M. - August 7, 2019
Honda Accord 2017
Virendra was very communicative and very flexible. He accommodated every request I brought forth and made the experience flow very efficiently. The car was in tip top shape and very clean. It was a very smooth ride my whole trip, and it’s very efficient on gas. I highly recommend renting from him, you won’t regret it.
Demetrius M. - August 11, 2019
Nissan Sentra 2010
Personable, prompt, and professional. Everything you’d want in a host. Thanks, Clarence.
William S. - September 25, 2019
Chevrolet Camaro 2017
It was a wonderful experience for my daughter with her making court and needed a convertible. Ray was very nice and worked very well with us. Would highly recommend turo. Thank you.
Tracy J. - September 30, 2019
Honda Accord 2018
Great experience. Would recommend every time! Thanks, Simon
Narlyn P. - September 28, 2019
Honda Accord 2018
Shawn's the man!! Will be getting again
Edward G. - September 23, 2019

Best Detroit driving roads

Tunnel of Trees

For a short but very sweet scenic drive, especially in the fall, roll your Detroit car rental alternative up M-119 from Harbor Springs to Cross Village to see 22 miles of verdant trees and foliage.


When all you need is a dramatic coastal drive, take your Detroit car rental alternative out to Port Huron and hug the shore of Lake Huron all the way up to Bay City.

US-12 Heritage Trail

This 200-mile stretch from Detroit to New Buffalo will wind your Detroit car rental alternative around highlights of the city, through funky small towns with rad garage sales, and out to the third coast itself.