Top rated cars in Albuquerque, NM
Resting tranquilly along the Rio Grande beside the rosy Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque is the most populated city in New Mexico — though you’d never know it.
This relaxed sprawl of a city is a popular setting for TV shows and movie production, so these days, in addition to historic sites and national parks, you’ll find hip coffee shops, craft breweries, and farm-to-table cafes. Drive breathtaking scenic byways, explore peaks and petroglyphs, and fall under the spell of the land of enchantment.
Balloons, tramways, and ancient petroglyphs are just a few of the sights in our Albuquerque list of favorites.
Starting in Albuquerque, ride the three-mile tramway up into the Sandia Mountains for an astonishing lookout point over the Rio Grande Valley. Then hike around the peak or dine at a mountain-top restaurant to keep that view in sight.
This collection of petroglyphs west of the Rio Grande is between 300 and 25,000 years old. Preserved by lava flow, these drawings from ancient times are still visible, so you can imagine and interpret the lives of New Mexico’s earliest peoples.
If you’re visiting Albuquerque in early October, you can’t miss the world-famous Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. For nine days, the city transforms into an enchanted world of balloon competitions, rodeos, twilight glows, and fireworks under balloon-filled skies.
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While the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is Albuquerque’s best-known attraction, there’s plenty to discover outside the city. Albuquerque is surrounded by the colorful natural beauty of New Mexico, and the region abounds with remnants of ancient history like pueblos and cliff dwellings. A haven for artists and archaeologists, it’s the ideal place for any curious person to launch an unforgettable day trip.Book the perfect car
About 60 miles west of Albuquerque, Acoma Pueblo is the oldest continually-inhabited city in the U.S. Climb to the top of a 400-foot mesa to tour the cliff dwellings, village, and cultural center that preserve the art and history of the indigenous Acoma people.
Santa Fe, founded as a 1600s Spanish colony, is famous for its adobe buildings, Pueblo style architecture, and artistic community. Just an hour’s drive from Albuquerque, it makes for a charming day trip.
The serene village of Jemez Springs dates back to 2,500 BC. Today, it’s a place to unplug and unwind. Offering hot springs, hikes, and history, it also hosts art galleries, outdoor concerts, and ambient restaurants.
My first experience with Turo!! It was a breeze compared to the mass rental companies!! My host Shekinah was the absolute best to work with!! I recommend Turo & her sweet Chevy Equinox to anyone if you are in the ABQ area!
This was our first time renting with Turo and I must say that it went quite well. When you consider how much more the big car rental companies would have charged this is a no brainer. All my children have used Turo and all had high ratings. But, I'm old and retired and learning new tricks isn't something I go out of my way to do. But, Emanuel made the experience issue free. To anyone considering Turo I would say give it a try, you will be happily surprised. Rental Cars: Another industry re-invented by the internet!
I definitely will recommend Darren to any future trips to Albuquerque NM amongst my family and friends.. you're the best Darren 🤙🏽
Chris was super accommodating and the jeep was fantastic! Best vehicle I could've rented for our weekend trip to the mountains. Chris had great communication and the rental process was a breeze. Looking forward to coming back and doing it all over again!
David was super prompt on replying each time I had a question. He made it so easy for pick up and drop off at the airport. His car is super clean and affordable on gas. We have family in Albuquerque so will definitely rent again. Thanks Dave!
The rental process went great. Jean-Luc went over and above to make the delivery of the car seamless. His Q5 was an amazing car to drive. Great gas mileage. Very clean. Highly recommend renting from Jean-Luc!
Super easy rental process. Emmanuel made the pick up and drop off effortless. The car was clean and reliable with no issues of any kind. I would easy rent from him again, no questions asked.
Lezly was very kind and helpful.. The car listing was spot on.. We were very happy with our ride. We would rent again if ever traveling to Albuquerque. Thanks, Lezly!
Need a plush highway cruiser? Keep looking. Need a genuinely rugged vehicle, capable of exploring rough backroads of the Four Corners, where an all-wheel drive rental from Avis with street tires just isn't going to cut it? Chris's jeep was great. It's in excellent condition, a very capable vehicle that laughed at loose sand and rough roads on a weeklong trip into remote areas of Utah.
Marina and her husband were excellent to work with! Perfect communication, the instructions were clear, and they made picking up from the airport very very easy. The Cayenne was a wonderful SUV to drive and made my short trip a lot more fun. It was comfortable, easy to drive, and everything worked perfectly! Highly recommend if you’re passing through! I’ll be renting this again when I’m back!
Car was what we booked and expected. Pickup and drop off was easy and Vu was easy to communicate with. Would rent through Vu again if in Albuquerque area.
Chris was a great to deal with- super responsive and very friendly. Rental was a smooth and easy process. The car was so nice and fun to drive. Would highly recommend!
Daniel’s Subaru was a great choice for the area! Pick up and drop off at airport was seemless and what we are accustomed to when renting on Turo platform. Definitely recommend this vehicle and Daniel’s service when traveling to Albuquerque area.
You need this Jeep! Chris’ Jeep was clean, well maintained and super fun to drive, definitely a head turner! Working with Chris was such an amazing experience, he was fast to respond and couldn’t have been more patient or kind when it seemed I had endless inquiries. I would definitely rent from him again and recommend him to anyone visiting the Albuquerque area.
Both Cesar and the car were outstanding. Car has great power and is very comfortable. Cesar was extremely helpful when I ten into an issue (unrelated to the car) and did his best to help me. Next time I’m in NM I am definitely renting again from Cesar.
Everything went smoothly. Vehicle was exactly what we needed. We are not uptight, but if you are maybe go with a typical leasing company. Vehicle was clean and parked exactly where it said it would be. Audrey communicated effectively. The tire sensor gauge is broken, so the light was on the whole time. I stopped twice to check tire pressure. It was fine. Overall really happy with the rental. Thx Audrey
Great vehicle. Kingsley is super responsive and quick to help when you’re in a pinch for a rental
We had an outstanding experience with Vu in Albuquerque, using his 2019 Ford Escape. Preparations were easy, pickup was simple and convenient, the car was immaculate and a perfect fit for our needs, drop-off at the end of our stay was expedited. Vu cares about his clients, and it shows in his communication and his responsiveness. We hope to work with him again.
I will never go back to traditional rental cars again! Cesar was so pleasant to work with and very responsive and adaptable. The car is clean, fuel efficient, and fun to drive. The safety features gave me a lot of peace of mind. Make sure you bring a high-quality phone cord so you can take advantage of the Apple/android CarPlay. There is a nice phone mount too! We will definitely rent from Cesar again if we’re in the area.
Excellent host! Had to change my rental and it was easy and they responded quickly.
The car was great perfect for my trip would definitely recommend and will rent if I ever need to again! Anastacio was very accommodating with everything I needed!
Antoine is an excellent host, very friendly and thoughtful. He did an airport pickup and drop off, which made things so much easier for our trip. The Jeep Renegade was in great shape, clean, easy to drive and very roomy! I’m 6’3” and I fit very well in the car, there’s plenty of head and leg room for someone my size! I highly recommend renting from Antoine and his Jeep!
Stellar vehicle,m combined a convention T pickup with drop off plan and kind, communicative owners equals an excellent rental experience.
Haily has a beautiful car that is not only fun to drive but feels sturdy, safe, and strong as a tank. It also comes fully loaded with every feature you can think of. As with any Turo rental, the car is one component of the entire experience. Haily made the rental process a breeze. She delivered the car to the airport arrivals so it was as easy as climbing into the drivers seat and continuing on my journey. Returning the car was just as easy, dropping it off with her at departures. She also accommodated less than ideal flying times and changes without any trouble. A++
The Escalade was everything we needed, and the customer service was over the top! Our flights were delayed and we had to change the pick up time multiple times, and David worked with us to ensure it worked out! The same on the return! I can’t say enough how grateful we were for the flexibility!
Cesar was such a great host. Dropped off the car for my family and I at the airport which was much appreciated after a very delayed redeye. Super great at communicating and so accommodating. 10/10 would book again!
This was definitely a 5 star experience with Daniel. The car was perfect, communication was seamless. I would highly recommend renting from Daniel.
Veronica was extremely flexible and courteous. I had modify my trip and she was very accommodating. The car was very clean and nice. Thank you!
Julio made this so easy for us! The car worked great, and we had the best time. Would definitely work with Julio again!
This vehicle is in excellent condition and rides like a gem. Shekinah is a great host and I really liked having unlimited mileage. When I unexpectedly needed to extend the dates, she worked with me and did not charge me a late fee when I couldn't return the car before the 24 hour period was up. I would definitely rent this vehicle again or any other vehicle Shekinah chooses to put on Turo.
Clint was a great host and the car was a lot of fun to drive. With Clint’s guidance it was a completely smooth experience and his airport delivery service made everything so easy. Would absolutely rent Clint’s tesla again.
Great communication from the owner and she was even able to turn around a very quick reservation that I requested. I highly recommend renting from Roxanne. Vehicle was very comfortable.
Erick was a great host. He drop the car off at the airport and made it super convenient for us. Car was clean and ready to go. If I had to return I would definitely use him again. I love Turo. I would suggest to family and friends.
Audrey was great to work with. Very responsive and flexible when I had to modify my trip slightly. Car was solid and sound. Super easy pick up and drop off.
Darren is the man. He waited for me even though flight was late and phone was dead. He was so nice and informative. The Audi was in perfect shape. He cares so much about his customers and his cars. Will rent from him again. “Audis by Darren” is the only way to go.
Christian was professional and very kind car was im great condition and very clean would definitely rent again.
David made this super easy! He dropped the vehicle off in pristine condition, let me know exactly where it was and there were no issues with his lock box. He was very quick to respond to messages. Would definitely rent from him again.
After completing our vacation in and around Albuquerque we are entirely happy to have gone with Darren and his solid Audi Q5. Traveling as a family of four there was plenty of room in the back for all bags. This Q5 is clean, conformable and is a treat to drive. (Enormous multi-adjust sunroof is a plus for the NM sun!). Darren was a terrific host all the way around. He was responsive in his communications/coordination, provided extras such as bottled water & mints and was flexible with us adjusting our return time by an hour. He was friendly & professional and provided super customer service. Thanks much Darren!
The car was clean and comfortable to drive. Ended up being a bit too small for our needs as we apparently over shopped 😄 Leshawn was great very responsive and helpful even when I needed to adjust the reservation.
Alicia was a fantastic host. Always fast to respond and picking up the SUV at the airport was a breeze. What an amazing car!! I've never driven a Porsche SUV and after having it for 7 days, it just became my favorite SUV. It's silky smooth on curves and has every option under the sun. We drove around New Mexico and I couldn't imagine doing it in another car. The Porsche was immaculate when we picked it up and there were even 2 bottles of water for us. Alicia is the best and if we ever come back to Albuquerque, we'll be booking this Porsche again!!
Darren was on top of EVERYTHING! It’s a clean vehicle with extra amenities that is very nice to be welcomed into. The car performed flawlessly and Darren was “Johnny on the spot” with the responses when you texted him. It was reassuring and he was very informative with recommendations and advice for the local area. I would definitely rent from him again!
Great communication, flexible with pick up / drop off, and very clean vehicle. Would rent again.
Emmanuel was very accommodating to our change requests. He was on time to pick up and drop off the car. We had no issues and would definitely rent from him again.
Darren was AWESOME! The Q5 was clean, well maintained, and perfect for our trip. 10/10 would recommend!
Johnny was very responsive and excellent. The car was just fine in all respects. The only suggestion that I would make to Johnny would be some sort of airport pickup/return option. Although he did not live that far away from the airport hotel, we had to Uber there for the pickup and Uber afterwards to return to the airport. That aspect of the rental process could be improved in some fashion.
Wonderful vehicle and very thoughtful host! The car was immaculate and included a lot of little extra gestures that were so nice. Thank you so much.
If you’re planning a day trip to Santa Fe, this is the way to go. The curvy Highway 14, also known as Turquoise Trail, sweeps through majestic valleys, mining towns, and arts communities on its way to Santa Fe.
For exciting, remote forest driving, head toward Pinos Altos via the Trail of the Mountain Spirits. While you may not see any actual spirits, you will see the enchanting Gila Forest, the Continental Divide, and ancient cliff dwellings.
Trailing through the desert and forest of northern New Mexico, this drive is a fun adventure with plenty of opportunities to stop at sites like Red River, Taos Canyon, and Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch.