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Subaru BRZ 2014 — Car rental alternative in Columbus, OH 43229
Subaru BRZ 2014

5.0

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Kick off a good time in Columbus

The largest city in Ohio, Columbus is a center for both arts and the tech industry. Of course, it’s also the home of the famous The Ohio State University. All of this makes Columbus a hip, happening place with adventures to explore during your vacation or business trip.

And that’s not all — surrounded by state parks and historic sites, Columbus is the jumping off point for your next day trip, whether you want to visit Native American caves, walk the old Erie Canal, or experience some of the best drives in the U.S.

Columbus favorites

From charming neighborhoods to massive stadiums, our Columbus list of favorites will leave you plenty to explore.

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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This cultural hub is much more than just a park. With award-winning gardens, changing art exhibits, a glass blowing studio, and a cafe that uses herbs and produce grown right there in the garden, Franklin Park is a place of natural beauty and creativity.

German Village

If quaint, historic neighborhoods are your thing, you’ll love Columbus’ German Village. 19th-century brick houses line these charming streets, along with bookstores, fudge shops, art galleries, and, of course, German pubs and breweries.

The Ohio State University

Located on a gorgeous campus, Ohio State University is famous for its high academics, celebrity alumni, and landmark Ohio Stadium. Sports fans will enjoy watching the Ohio State Buckeyes play in this massive on-campus stadium, the fourth largest in the nation.

Top hosts in Columbus, OH

Alma J.

Alma J.

All-Star Host

443 tripsJoined Apr 2021
Most definitely will be renting again she was awesome and the cars very smooth
Roiesha P.- September 27, 2022
Alma's communication was very punctual and helpful, and her car served my purposes perfectly.
Christian M.- September 25, 2022

Alma J.’s vehicles

Will S.

Will S.

All-Star Host

469 tripsJoined Jul 2021
Car was perfect and Will was flexible when I made my reservation incorrectly.
Gabriel P.- September 12, 2022
Amazing Turo experience if I am back in Ohio I will rent from him again!
Soung S.- September 26, 2022

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Hit the road

Columbus is centrally located, making it the perfect home base for road trips galore. Not only is it conveniently close to Cleveland and Cincinnati, it’s not far from historic towns, Native American earthworks, and numerous state parks. Make an advance reservation at one of the excellent restaurants, then hit stunning Cuyahoga National Park, where you can walk the old canal path, marvel at otherworldly waterfalls, and take a scenic train ride. And that’s just one of the day trips you can take from Columbus!

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Hocking Hills State Park

An hour southeast of Columbus, you’ll find unusual rock formations, caves, and waterfalls in Hocking Hills State Park. In addition to hiking, this fascinating park is a great place to kayak, rock climb, or zip line. Don’t miss Ash Cave and Cedar Falls, two of the park’s most jaw-dropping features.

Newark

In Newark, just 40 miles from Columbus, you can see ancient earthworks built by Ohio’s first peoples, explore parks and museums, and view the largest basket in the world — which isn’t really a basket but the seven-story headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company.

Alum Creek State Park

If you want an outdoor escape from the big city that’s not too far away, travel up to Alum Creek State Park, where you can spend the day jet skiing, paddling, or swimming. There’s also plenty of family-friendly hiking and biking trails.

Recent reviews

Teri G.
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2018

Much faster pick up & drop off than regular car rental companies.

Teri G.
- December 9, 2021
Teresa J.
Lexus ES 350 2015

Great car!

Teresa J.
- September 6, 2022
Samantha H.
Mazda Mazda6 2019

Safe, convenient, and less hassle than traditional car rental companies.

Samantha H.
- October 18, 2021
April P.
Hyundai Elantra GT 2013

Wanjema vechele was very fresh and clean he also supplied water and safety bar which was really nice the ride was smooth from Columbus to Memphis I really appreciate this type of service will rent from him again

April P.
- September 5, 2022
Courtney L.
Hyundai Elantra 2020

Great communication made for a super seamless rental process!

Courtney L.
- August 8, 2022
Jacob K.
Audi S5 2014

Best vehicle to rent in the Columbus area

Jacob K.
- March 11, 2022
Michael B.
Mercedes-benz C-Class 2020

Great rental.

Michael B.
- October 12, 2021
Christopher V.
smart fortwo 2015

Jackie’s smart car allowed me to zip around town and explore Columbus!

Christopher V.
- July 8, 2021
Rachel S.
Honda Accord 2016

Best car rental experience ever!

Rachel S.
- December 6, 2021
Michelle S.
Toyota Camry 2018

Drop off and pick up included in the trip was awesome!

Michelle S.
- August 26, 2022
Mary Ellen S.
Hyundai Elantra 2022

What an amazing rental!

Mary Ellen S.
- September 26, 2022
Caitlin L.
Kia Soul 2015

Very accommodating for a last minute reservation.

Caitlin L.
- September 6, 2022
Andres G.
Toyota Camry 2020

If we return to Columbus we'll rent his Camry again.

Andres G.
- September 15, 2022
Paul G.
Kia Forte 2021

Way cheaper and easier than renting a car through conventional rental companies.

Paul G.
- May 31, 2022
Eliza F.
Honda Accord 2018

Great car, Great car owner!

Eliza F.
- June 7, 2022
Gabriel P.
Lexus ES 2021

Car was perfect and Will was flexible when I made my reservation incorrectly.

Gabriel P.
- September 12, 2022
Ken M.
Toyota Prius 2021

Nice car and owner.

Ken M.
- October 24, 2021
Aki J.
Toyota Avalon 2016

You are my guy in Columbus!!

Aki J.
- July 9, 2022
George C.
Honda Accord 2017

No corp car rentals available in Columbus on short notice (to attend a funeral).

George C.
- September 22, 2022
Susan M.
Kia Spectra 2009

Great experience and cost was so reasonable compared to commercial rental companies.

Susan M.
- August 9, 2022
Lindsey H.
Kia Forte 2021

It was perfect for oir two week trip to Columbus.

Lindsey H.
- August 9, 2022
Ryder E.
Honda Civic 2018

Great car to drive and served it’s purpose for our time in Columbus.

Ryder E.
- September 26, 2022
Mark B.
Nissan Sentra 2012

Thank you so much for letting me rent your car on my recent trip to Columbus Ohio.

Mark B.
- September 29, 2021
Lozzano01 ..
Acura TLX 2015

Sheraz made the rental process very easy , replied to my inquiries quickly and very clearly.

Lozzano01 ..
- August 6, 2022
Renard F.
Tesla Model 3 2020

EV RENTALS COLUMBUS was extremely responsive as I navigated my 1st Tesla driving experience.

Renard F.
- September 21, 2022
Maxwell D.
Audi A4 2016

Car was clean, comfortable, very easy to pickup and return.

Maxwell D.
- September 14, 2021
Darius F.
Dodge Challenger 2019

Kenyatta B and her husband hands down BEST PEOPLE TO RENT FROM !

Darius F.
- September 14, 2021
Joe B.
Chevrolet Malibu 2011

April is the best.

Joe B.
- December 9, 2021
Marques D.
Infiniti Q50 2015

Mica was great, the rental process was super easy going, I would definitely recommend Mica's services for anybody looking for a great car with great service!

Marques D.
- December 28, 2021
NIKKI Z.
Acura ILX 2021

I enjoy my trip in Columbus.

NIKKI Z.
- August 21, 2021
Rosemary W.
Toyota Corolla 2017

It is so refreshing to find a rental car that meets our needs at such a great rate!

Rosemary W.
- July 8, 2022
Dana M.
Audi S5 2014

The car was clean.

Dana M.
- May 9, 2022
DeeDee C.
Chevrolet Malibu 2011

Perfect ride for our quick weekend trip in Columbus, OH.

DeeDee C.
- February 1, 2022
Jeannie D.
Honda Accord 2017

If you’re in Columbus, I highly recommend Polished and her great car!

Jeannie D.
- July 18, 2022
Daniel D.
Honda Civic 2012

Half the price of a commercial rental car company.

Daniel D.
- April 14, 2021
Sara B.
Acura TLX 2022

This car was perfect for my week work trip in Columbus.

Sara B.
- July 15, 2022
Terra M.
Honda Civic 2018

Car ran great with no issues, not to mention great on gas.

Terra M.
- August 13, 2022
Elisabeth R.
Chevrolet Spark 2013

I would use them again if I was in the Columbus are.

Elisabeth R.
- July 30, 2022
Jordan D.
Honda Accord 2016

Nice car, was made aware of outside cosmetic issues before trip began.

Jordan D.
- May 4, 2022
Ali O.
Kia K5 2022

Great host and a great car provided!

Ali O.
- May 20, 2022
Bridgette B.
Volkswagen Jetta 2022

Dakota’s car was perfect for the trip!

Bridgette B.
- September 4, 2022
Hart F.
Buick Verano 2013

Will rent again next time I'm in Columbus!

Hart F.
- June 20, 2022
Gabriela G.
Hyundai Elantra 2018

The car was wonderful and gets excellent mileage especially with gas prices the way they are.

Gabriela G.
- May 17, 2022
Randy P.
Honda Accord Sedan 2019

Great communication before and during trip, pick up and drop off at Columbus Airport was easy.

Randy P.
- May 8, 2022
Rob S.
Ford Mustang 2018

Everything went smooth and perfect with this car from Justin.

Rob S.
- June 5, 2022
Arlo C.
Nissan Sentra 2019

Great price too!

Arlo C.
- August 7, 2022
Loretta J.
Nissan Versa 2016

Great reliable car for a good price

Loretta J.
- August 6, 2021
Pierre L.
BMW 6 Series 2015

Car was fun and confortable and LaDonshay is a perfect host!

Pierre L.
- June 9, 2022
Keith S.
Kia K5 2022

It was an excellent car, great ride once you figure out all the little gadgets and very good on gas ,especially once gas prices go back down, a very reliable car and would rent again for sure,and definitely recommend 😀, Thanks looking forward to renting again in future.

Keith S.
- March 13, 2022
Katie K.
Chevrolet Cruze 2013

This car was perfect for my trip to Columbus!

Katie K.
- August 6, 2021
Lisa W.
Chevrolet Cruze 2018

I rather rent from a person than rent from a rental car agency.

Lisa W.
- May 16, 2022
Michael M.
Honda Civic 2018

Car was fantastic.

Michael M.
- August 30, 2022
Javetta G.
Dodge Challenger 2014

The owner of this vehicle communicate well and was very courteous, in addition explained different details and reminders before and during the rental process thanks Kyle🙂

Javetta G.
- June 7, 2021
Phylicia B.
Honda Accord 2016

We drove from Columbus, Ohio.. to Myrtle Beach without any problems.. very luxury inside , with leather seats and air controls for both sides..as well as plenty enough passenger room and back room space.

Phylicia B.
- May 10, 2022
Charles B.
Tesla Model 3 2022

Amazing car amazing experience would definitely rent from Hellen again.

Charles B.
- June 29, 2022
Darla Renee H.
Nissan Sentra 2021

We had a great weekend in Columbus...

Darla Renee H.
- June 27, 2022
Jacob D.
Hyundai Elantra 2020

Would definitely rent from him Everytime I'm in the Columbus area.

Jacob D.
- October 3, 2021
Juan T.
Audi A7 2013

I have booked several cars with Turo and this was one of the best experiences ever.

Juan T.
- November 30, 2021

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Best Columbus driving roads

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Hocking Hills Scenic Byway

If you want to experience the highlights of Hocking Hills without tramping all over the park, the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway is your best friend. Along this 260-mile route, you can travel the park at your own speed, hitting all the area’s best sites in one scenic drive.

Olentangy Heritage Byway

Starting at I-270 in Franklin County, this route follows ancient Native American trails to US 23. Though it’s a mere 10.5 miles long, this drive is packed full of historic barns and churches, beautiful scenery, and rewarding views of the Olentangy River.

Covered Bridge Scenic Byway

State Route 26 winds from Marietta to Woodsfield, making it a bit of a jaunt from Columbus. But if you’re a car enthusiast, you won’t want to miss one of the top-rated drives in America. Not only is it scenic with multiple covered bridges, but it’s a curvy ride free of traffic and stops.

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