Scion car rental alternatives in San Diego, CA

Get beached in San Diego

Get beached in San Diego

It’s always a perfect day in San Diego — however you like to vacation. The city is known for its immaculate, sparkling coastline, with beaches perfect for surfing, sipping cocktails, and even hang gliding.

When you’re done chowing down on great Mexican food, take your San Diego car rental alternative for a spin to check out the bevy of museums in town that offer an array of exciting experiences, equally thrilling to adults and kids.

San Diego favorites

The secret to making the most of San Diego is simply to enjoy the outdoors. So catch a meal al fresco at sunset, tackle the mountains, dip in the water, and when you’re indoors, don’t forget to pause at the windows.

Balboa Park

Covering more than 1,200 acres, laced with hiking trails, and home to several museums, theaters, and restaurants, Balboa Park is much more than your average city green. Absorb San Diego’s culture and legendary sunshine.

Cabrillo National Monument

There are many ways to do the beach, but nothing beats wandering the tidepools and meeting all the sea creatures. You’ll need a San Diego car rental alternative to get down to the shore, then wait for low tide.

USS Midway Museum

In Downtown San Diego, this retired aircraft carrier gives you a taste of the Top Gun life. Hang out on the flight deck, explore the aircraft, and test your fortitude in the flight simulator.

Skip the rental car counter
Skip the rental car counter

Hit the road

Book your San Diego car rental alternative on Turo to cruise out of town along the stunningly gorgeous coastline, and head into the mountains or desert for an entirely different southern California experience.


Take the hour drive north in your San Diego car rental alternative to take in the famously beautiful Carlsbad State Beach, explore the lagoons, or go wild at Legoland.

Borrego Springs

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert and discover the unique collection of sculptures tucked into the landscape. Take on the two hour drive in your San Diego car rental alternative.


Known for its apple orchards, steer your San Diego car rental alternative an hour into the mountains to pick your own apples, indulge in a slice of pie, and take a tour of the town’s 1870s gold mine.

Average ratings in San Diego (4.7 stars)

Scion tC 2016
The car was really clean and fun to drive. Drake is really responsive and was very punctual.
Stephanie B. - July 14, 2019
Scion iA 2016
Selina is so nice and flexible, definitely will rent from her again! The car is also great, good on gas, small, and good for parking!
Samantha N. - April 25, 2019
Scion iA 2016
This was so easy! Excellent ride. Pickup at the airport was super continent and drop off was a breeze. Definitely recommend Selina and her fun Scion!
Joseph M. - June 16, 2019
Scion xD 2013
Minas Scion was exactly what I needed for out of town work! I had never driven a Scion before and it turned out to be a really fun car. Mina was flexible with my extensions and I liked using the lock box to pick up and drop off the car, since my schedule changes frequently. With such a convenient location by the airport, I’ll surely be renting from Mina again!
Katie B. - May 9, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Awesome experience thank you so much. Very smooth process.
Kekoa F. - June 15, 2019
Scion iA 2016
Pick up and drop off were very easy. Good car. Great experience. I would not hesitate to rent from Selina again.
Ian K. - April 3, 2019
Scion xB 2011
Good little car. Responsive renters.
Matthew W. - March 23, 2018
Scion xD 2013
It was my first time renting a car in California, this was really convenient and affordable,
Yolanda A. - June 9, 2018
Scion xD 2013
The car was convenient, reliable, and got great gas milage. Additionally the air-conditioning worked well on hot days. Mina was quick to communicate and professional. I would rent again.
Brian H. - August 7, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Easy pick up and return, great and quick communication, great car. Will definitely rent again!
Lauren H. - August 30, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Easy pick-up and drop-off service near airport and affordable cars
Kevin L. - February 19, 2019
Scion xB 2011
Mina’s rentals are so convenient for easy drop off and pick-up.
Andrew V. - February 24, 2019
Scion xD 2013
I was in town to visit friends and family. It was great having an affordable rental for my trip! Thanks so much!!
Jessica T. - March 4, 2019
Scion xD 2013
Car was as described and pickup at the airport was convenient. I would rent again!
Lauren R. - December 4, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Mina has made the renting process so easy and straightforward. I really appreciate how reliable and stress free renting from Mina is. This time, my pick up and car plans changed and she was able to accommodate my request immediately for a car I would need with only 3 hours notice. Thank you Mina!
Heather C. - September 28, 2018
Scion xB 2011
This was my first time using turo. The Scion XB was clean and reliable. Fun to drive. The airport location was a breeze. We took an Uber to pick up the car but walked from the car to airport on drop off. Will definitely use this host on our next trip to SoCal. Thanks again!
Emilie H. - September 24, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Wouldn't hesitate to rent from MINA! So thankful.
Destiny P. - March 13, 2019
Scion xB 2011
Mina was very patient with me as a first-time flier. It was great to get a car so cheap and simply for my trip. I will use Mina and Turo again.
Andi T. - April 4, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Went to go visit Long Beach, a place I use to live. It was great having a car and everything went very smooth!
Maxwell B. - April 20, 2018
Scion tC 2010
I had a very early drop off time that made it difficult for shuttle service. They were flexible and came up with a solution that worked best. The car was easy to find and return.
Melissa P. - February 27, 2018
Scion xD 2013
I liked doing business with Mina was very easy to get to car and nice little cool car as well.
Sheila R. - February 13, 2018
Scion FR-S 2013
Thank you great car reliable and an eye catch
Tony M. - July 1, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Taylor made the check in and checkout very easy They car was perfect for the hauling I had to do that weekend.
Breana H. - July 10, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Easy pick up and return. Good value for a car that is in good shape and holds a lot! Thank you!
Christine B. - August 21, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Very easy to find, open, and return. Premium rental service!
Scott S. - August 22, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Good car. The AC is not the best, but after few min it picks up. Great deal thou! Thanks
Stoyan D. - September 18, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Easy process for pickup and return. Loved that it’s walking distance to and from the airport . I will definitely be renting from Mina from now on.
Alexandra D. - October 19, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Mina is one of the easiest person to deal with it is the 2nd time I have rented from her and I love it! I use turro at least 3 times a month and she is one of the best people to deal with.
Steven B. - November 7, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Great communication no issues
Francisco J. - March 18, 2019
Scion iA 2016
Everything we needed. Great experience
Stephen C. - March 18, 2019
Scion xB 2011
Would rent again, thank you so much
Christoph B. - December 20, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Great! Car was clean and working smoothly. It was everything we needed, thanks Mina!
Emilie J. - October 15, 2018
Scion xD 2013
I’ve rented from Mina three times. Always a great experience.
Kyla D. - January 12, 2019
Scion xD 2013
Mina is great to work with. Thank you so much.
Vanessa V. - March 12, 2019
Scion xB 2011
It was very convenient. Walking distance of the airport, and pretty smooth pick up/return process. Definitely recommend.
Jason L. - May 25, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Communication with Mina has always been clear and promptly. I'm always satisfied and so are my kids.
Patricia V. - May 18, 2018
Jan Martin
Scion xD 2013
Awesome first time Turo experience! Will def. use again from Mina!
Jan Martin V. - June 11, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Doing business with MINA is a breeze!!
Joshua K. - June 30, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Minna makes everything super easy! Completely seamless pickup/return process, all thoroughly and accurately described before arrival.
Daniel M. - June 19, 2018
Scion xB 2011
Quick walk across from the airport.
Sean H. - July 8, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Great communication and easy pick up/drop off.
Mary C. - September 3, 2018
Scion xD 2013
Mina has a very clean and reliable vehicle. Pick up and return was conveniently located near the airport. I ended up exteneding an extra day without any issues.
Destiny G. - November 21, 2018

Best San Diego driving roads

Highway 101

This epic highway is particularly astounding near San Diego. Take your car rental alternative north to catch ocean views from jagged cliffs, sandy beaches, and charming beach towns.

Palomar Mountain Loop

For this challenging, scenic mountain loop, navigate your car rental alternative northeast of San Diego to catch Highway 76 out of Temecula into the Cleveland National Forest for thrilling views.

Old Highway 80

Take your car rental alternative to see the ghost towns and abandoned ruins along this two-lane highway, built in 1956 to connect San Diego all the way east to Savannah, Georgia.