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Top rated cars in Charleston, SC

Toyota Corolla 2017 — Car rental alternative in Savannah, GA 31405
Toyota Corolla 2017

5.0

(226 trips)

All-Star Host

$51/day
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Grassy dunes on a Charleston beach

Small city, big charm

Charleston has quickly become one of travelers’ favorite cities. This southern seaside escape boasts happening restaurants and bars, a gorgeous brick-walled downtown, and dreamy Atlantic coast beaches.

Take a walking tour through town and pick up a souvenir at Charleston City Market, then stroll the Battery and Waterfront Park for southern style architecture. Make sure to visit historic mansions like The Nathaniel Russell House in the Charleston Historic District and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for the perfect warm afternoon stroll.

Charleston favorites

Get your fill of southern charm and American history while eating your way through Charleston, then hit the beach for some downtime.

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Fort Sumter National Monument

For first-time visitors and history buffs, the walls, cannons, and museum of Fort Sumter are a must-see. The site of the beginning of the American Civil War is perched on an island in Charleston Harbor, which you can access via a ferry ride.

Middleton Place

This mansion is the former home of Arthur Middleton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Visit to gawk at the collection of historic furniture and art and take a tour through the impressive 65-acre gardens.

Isle of Palms County Park

Just east of the city, Isle of Palms boasts seven miles of gorgeous clean coastline for relaxing, swimming, or windsurfing. Isle of Palms’ expansive white sands are slightly more popular with families than other Charleston beaches like Folly Beach.

Top hosts in Charleston, SC

Steven M.

Steven M.

All-Star Host

283 tripsJoined Jul 2017
Steven is the kindest and friendliest soul we’ve met in SC and the best turo host we’ve used to date. He has a variety of options for cars, he is personable and understanding and communicative, his rates are very reasonable. His customer service goes above and beyond. He takes impeccable care of his cars and makes sure to take the time to walk you through the ins and outs of the car you are renting. We would 100% recommend Steven’s services to anyone and hope to use his cars again in the future.
Nandhini S.- October 10, 2021
Coolest person ever. The car we booked was damaged right before pick up. Gave us two options, we tried one then wanted the other and then gave us a ride after we dropped the car. Not sure how you beat that. Would absolutely recommend and will be contacting him on future trips to John’s Island!!
Jerry L.- October 15, 2021

Steven M.’s vehicles

Lincoln MKX 2013 — Car rental alternative in Johns Island, SC 29455
Lincoln MKX 2013

5.0

(68 trips)

All-Star Host

$85/day
Lamar G.

Lamar G.

All-Star Host

185 tripsJoined Apr 2018
Great car exactly as advertised. Totally painless experience. Lamar was always reachable and communicative, even helping return an item I left. I would definitely rent again.
M Q.- October 18, 2021
Lamar was a great host. Pick up and drop off was seamless. Car was in great shape and fun to drive.
Carl T.- October 7, 2021

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Hit the road

Strolling the colorful, cobbled streets of the Charleston city center is an excellent option if you’re only in town for a few days. But rush hour traffic can get busy in the popular summer months, so grab a car, fill up the tank, and head out for a day trip or road trip to the lush Carolina countryside for more hidden gems.

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Kiawah Island

Less than an hour’s drive south through moss-covered oak tree tunnels, this barrier island feels worlds away and is the perfect overnight resort escape for your choice of fine dining, pampering, kayaking, and world-class golfing.

Savannah, GA

A couple hours in the car will bring you just across the Georgia state line to Charleston’s sister city, Savannah. Relax at your own pace and make sure to hang out at some of Savannah’s abundant verdant spaces like Forsyth Park and Skidaway Island.

Myrtle Beach

If you still need more beach time, head about two hours north up Route 17 to reach Myrtle Beach, the famous resort town boasting the endless white beaches of the Grand Strand with warm waves for surfing and swimming.

Recent reviews

Melissa J.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2021

The rental process was easy & smooth. Ashley was nice and accommodating and her instructions were very clear. The vehicle was nice & clean. I would definitely rent this vehicle again when I am in the area.

Melissa J.
- July 26, 2021
Margaret A.
Jeep Wrangler JK 2018

Great communication, Lee was super friendly and accommodating. The Jeep was in immaculate condition and driving around Charleston was so fun in our rugged ride. Would highly recommend renting from him and look forward to taking the Jeep back out for a spin when we are back in town. Thanks!

Margaret A.
- October 4, 2021
Jeffrey E.
Porsche Cayenne 2013

Hunter is a phenomenal host , easy to communicate with from start to finish on my families trip to Charleston. The vehicle is well maintained and was a joy to adventure in. Definitely 5 stars.

Jeffrey E.
- October 13, 2021
Rachael G.
Jeep Wrangler JK 2018

We had the best experience renting Lee’s Jeep to go to the beach. He walked us through how to take the top off, was super courteous, responsive and nice. We will definitely rent from Lee again next time we are in town. Thanks again!

Rachael G.
- October 15, 2021
Jessica B.
Volkswagen Taos 2022

Tyler was very accommodating as we used Turo for the first time. He delivered the car on-site and even picked up before our departure. When we are back visiting Charleston, we will definitely be using him again.

Jessica B.
- October 2, 2021
Andre S.
Tesla Model X 2017

This trip was amazing.. highly recommended.. thanks Chris I really enjoyed !!

Andre S.
- October 11, 2021
Jihoon K.
Lincoln MKC 2019

The car was great and a pleasure to drive. Shane was incredibly accomodating to us for our trip.

Jihoon K.
- October 15, 2021
Lauren B.
Lincoln MKC 2019

Shane was a fabulous host. Super friendly, easy going, and knows a lot about the Charleston area which was really helpful for our trip. His car was a pleasure to drive and perfectly spotless. Highly recommend - and he also rents places to stay ☺️

Lauren B.
- August 16, 2021
Matt H.
Chevrolet Trax 2021

Great little car and wonderful host! She’s easy to deal with and super responsive.

Matt H.
- October 12, 2021
Elizabeth H.
Ford Escape 2015

Will was incredibly accommodating! Everything about the trip was easy and it was a great automobile to drive - clean on arrival and smooth sailing. Definitely planning on booking again soon!

Elizabeth H.
- October 21, 2021
Daniel H.
Ford Expedition 2015

Charles’ Expedition was perfect for our group and trip. Plenty room for 6 people with four sets of golf clubs. The vehicle was very clean and everything worked perfectly. Charles was very helpful and flexible with our plans. It was much better then then renting from one of the national car rental firms. If we make it back to Charleston in the near future we will rent from Charles again.

Daniel H.
- July 17, 2021
Colton M.
Dodge Journey 2019

Excellent price on a useful rental

Colton M.
- July 12, 2021
Victoria C.
Chevrolet Trax 2021

Amazing! She made it quick and easy

Victoria C.
- September 26, 2021
Simon F.
Honda HR-V 2017

Jackie was very communicative and helpful. Highly recommend

Simon F.
- October 11, 2021
Alissa D.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

everything went well! jeep was awesome!

Alissa D.
- October 12, 2021
Tamara O.
Lexus GX 460 2018

Everything went really smoothly. David replied quickly. Car was clean and exactly what we were expecting. First time using this app and highly satisfied with David and Turo.

Tamara O.
- October 11, 2021
Jerome Reshaud S.
Infiniti QX80 2015

Great vehicle very clean and spacious commutation was a breeze

Jerome Reshaud S.
- October 4, 2021
Emily S.
Chevrolet Trax 2021

Host was excellent at communicating with me and flexible with my emergency situation. Car was very clean and the extra supplies came in handy. I’d for sure book again!

Emily S.
- October 9, 2021
Teresa B.
INFINITI QX60 2018

Very accomodating, all as described.

Teresa B.
- September 25, 2021
Mark F.
Cadillac XT5 2019

Ja’san was completely accommodating and a first class host. The car was immaculate and ran perfectly. Highly recommended!!!

Mark F.
- September 26, 2021
Kristen G.
Jeep Wrangler JK 2018

Lee’s car was great! Ran perfectly and was very clean.

Kristen G.
- October 17, 2021
Turner V.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Chris was awesome. Very easy and straightforward to get going in his Jeep. Great recommendations for places to eat in Charleston and Shems Creek. I would recommend going with Chris the next time you plan a trip to Charleston, especially if you want to have a jeep! Such a fun vehicle to drive. We loved it. Thanks Chris.

Turner V.
- August 6, 2021
Ryan A.
Jeep Wrangler JK 2018

Great car! Great house! Great experience! Lee communicated great the car was exactly as represented, and he was extremely accommodating with my odd schedule! It Couldn’t have gone better. Thanks Lee

Ryan A.
- October 7, 2021
MACKENZIE C.
Jeep Cherokee 2016

Easy and seamless process. He responds promptly and is very helpful.

MACKENZIE C.
- October 17, 2021
Jeremiah J.
Ford Expedition 2015

It was an amazing experience. Mr. Charles was great to deal with and the Expedition ran like a champ & it was a very smooth ride. If I have to go on another trip I am definitely calling Mr. Charles and his Ford Expedition.

Jeremiah J.
- September 9, 2021
Megan G.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2021

Ashley and Pat were wonderful to rent from. We enjoyed driving the Tiguan while we were touring around Charleston. I highly recommend using this turo rental while in the Charleston area. They are so nice and very helpful. Thank you again!! Megan and Daryl

Megan G.
- June 28, 2021
Tiffany A.
Ford Expedition 2015

Charles was definitely a 5 star host! He was so accommodating and made everything so convenient for our vacation! I would definitely recommend renting from him!

Tiffany A.
- August 6, 2021
Maggie B.
Tesla Model X 2017

This car is so cool to drive!! A really fun experience for those looking to try out a Tesla before buying or if you want to feel like you’re in a futuristic space ship! Chris was super flexible on pickup/drop off. If I ever need a fun rental again, I’ll definitely rebook!

Maggie B.
- September 24, 2021
Caitlin C.
Jeep Cherokee 2016

Michael was extremely accommodating as I had to modify my trip twice! He allowed me to keep it an extra night. The car was so clean, a great ride and super convenient! I’d 100% rent this car again.

Caitlin C.
- August 26, 2021
Alyssa D.
Lexus GX 2021

Joshua was a great host, very responsive and the car was in perfect condition. Would definitely rent from Joshua again!

Alyssa D.
- August 8, 2021
William L.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

The car was great! We would definitely rent it again!

William L.
- September 1, 2021
Wendy P.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Chris is friendly and very easy to work with when making arrangements. I had questions during my trip about the Jeep (never driven one before), all questions were answered very quickly. Fun vehicle to drive. Lots of people want to talk about the Jeep and discuss the big tires. If you are a first time Turo user, Chris is very available and makes the process run smoothly.

Wendy P.
- August 18, 2021
Livin MileHigh L.
Tesla Model X 2017

Amazing car & host. Highly recommended. This car could not have been better.. Super sleek, stylish and eye-catching. Free unlimited supercharging is a huge bonus— especially with the supercharger being so centrally located… do yourself a favor and rent THIS Tesla while in Charleston. Totally worth it!!

Livin MileHigh L.
- July 26, 2021
Amir E.
Porsche Cayenne 2013

Best host love the car all eyes on you when you drive it he even drop us at the airport

Amir E.
- September 21, 2021
Melanie P.
Honda HR-V 2017

This was a great car for our trip. Very roomy and all the suitcases fit into the trunk with no problem. Pickup and drop off was super easy as well. Thanks Jackie!

Melanie P.
- September 19, 2021
Heather L.
Lexus GX 2021

Josh is so easy to work with. His vehicle is exactly as described. Would definitely rent from him again.

Heather L.
- August 22, 2021
Emanuel T.
Tesla Model X 2017

Chris Has One Amazing Tesla And Is A Great Host, I Will Enjoy Renting His Tesla Again, Fun Times! ☺️

Emanuel T.
- September 20, 2021
Cameron S.
Dodge Journey 2019

Great car! Katharine was wonderful and communication was prompt. Would rent this vehicle from her again!

Cameron S.
- August 12, 2021
Tyler M.
Honda HR-V 2017

Jackie was friendly and very easy to work with. Very clean and smooth ride. Highly recommended!

Tyler M.
- August 8, 2021
David S.
Jeep Cherokee 2017

Katie was a great host and very accommodating.

David S.
- September 10, 2021
Catherine W.
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 2016

Alexis was super accommodating and the car was great! Would highly recommend it.

Catherine W.
- September 10, 2021
John C.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Great, fun; well maintained vehicle. Chris was very communicative and responded immediately with any questions we had. Pick up and drop off were a breeze. We ubered to and from the pickup location and chris was punctual and flexible with vehicle drop off. (We had to drop it off a couple hours early to catch a flight.) It was even updated with CarPlay so you could hook up your phone and use your gps and Spotify account through the Jeep’s system. All around great experience! Highly recommended!

John C.
- September 15, 2021
Kristen B.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Got to finally experience driving around in a jeep. Chris was easy to work with. Drop off and pick up was a breeze

Kristen B.
- September 22, 2021
Justin W.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Beautiful truck. Very fun to drive and a very clean ride!

Justin W.
- August 28, 2021
Michelle W.
Audi Q5 2016

The service and communication was very prompt and reliable. I appreciate the last min accommodations to our changes and was very helpful throughout the whole process. The vehicle was very reliable and clean. It drives very smoothly. Would use Lamar and his partner’s service again!

Michelle W.
- August 24, 2021
Jessica T.
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 2016

Perfect car and Alexis was awesome to work with!

Jessica T.
- September 8, 2021
Robert C.
Honda HR-V 2017

Jackie, Was super great to work with we would definitely read from her again in the future highly recommend it

Robert C.
- August 2, 2021
Cristina L.
Lexus GX 460 2018

Ride was great and David (host) was helpful and friendly.

Cristina L.
- August 17, 2021
Israel R.
Jeep Cherokee 2017

Very nice clean jeep to travel in.

Israel R.
- August 25, 2021
Erlinda R.
Jeep Cherokee 2017

Very nice, drove great! Would definitely recommend!

Erlinda R.
- August 28, 2021
Thomas O.
Dodge Journey 2019

Great car, and great communication from the owner! Thanks Katharine.

Thomas O.
- August 22, 2021
Blaine P.
BMW X5 2017

BMW was great to drive! Priced right, clean and Derek was very accommodating!!

Blaine P.
- March 10, 2021
Nicole H.
Dodge Journey 2019

Great car abs Katharine made the pick up and drop off very easy on us. Car was clean, had a full tank and was ready to go. We will definitely use Turo again.

Nicole H.
- August 5, 2021
Christopher C.
Toyota Highlander 2018

Delivered when picked up timely. Was nice and clean.

Christopher C.
- July 29, 2021
Deeptesh M.
Audi Q3 2017

Spotless car, inside and out. Very professional hosts, delivery and pick-up were both completely seamless.

Deeptesh M.
- August 22, 2021
Kurt B.
Lexus LX 570 2014

First time using Turo, Chase made the experience seamless from meeting me to walk through the car’s feature and where to return vehicle.

Kurt B.
- August 21, 2021
Quentin B.
BMW X5 2017

Derek was very professional. Handoff went great. The vehicle was immaculate. Really enjoyed myself this weekend driving and so did my fiancé

Quentin B.
- September 6, 2021
Tyson M.
Jeep Wrangler 2017

Great vehicle, easy pick up and drop off, excellent communications. Recommend for sure.

Tyson M.
- September 6, 2021
Kevin F.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Chris was great and everything was perfect with the car, highly recommend.

Kevin F.
- August 10, 2021
Clayton K.
Toyota 4Runner 2016

Anna was a great host. She was early when dropping off the car which allowed us to get a head start on our trip. The car was nice and clean and a joy to drive! Would recommend her to anyone!

Clayton K.
- June 22, 2021

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Best Charleston driving roads

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Savannah River National Scenic Byway

Sleepy towns, rural farmlands, and historic churches dot this winding 100-mile route along the Savannah River in the south part of the state. Stop off for fishing, swimming, or hiking wherever you please!

Edisto Island National Scenic Byway

Drive through towering tree tunnels, salt marshes, and moss-covered forests on your way out to the Atlantic Ocean. Make sure to stop at the old plantations along the way like Brooklands Plantation and Windsor Plantation.

Falling Waters Scenic Byway

South Carolina’s Loneliest Road is only 13 miles long, but drivers will be treated to the Sumter National Forest’s scenic overlooks, hidden hiking trails, and waterfalls in the northern part of South Carolina.

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Rent cars on Turo with Commercial Hosts

Rent with Commercial Hosts on Turo and find the perfect Charleston rental car. Commercial Hosts are Turo-approved independent local hosts or boutique car rental companies in the US, Canada, UK, and all over the world.

To rent a car in Charleston with Commercial Hosts on Turo, you may be asked to sign a rental agreement or provide a refundable security deposit. Commercial Hosts provide their own insurance and physical damage protection, so renting with a Commercial Host is a bit different than your usual Turo experience.

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