Top rated cars in San Diego, CA
It’s always a perfect day in San Diego — however you like to vacation. The city is known for its immaculate weather, sparkling coastline, with beaches perfect for surfing, sipping cocktails, and even hang gliding.
When you’re done chowing down on great Mexican food, book a car in San Diego to go check out the bevy of museums in town that offer an array of exciting experiences, equally thrilling to adults and kids.
The secret to making the most of San Diego is simply to enjoy the outdoors. Road trip itinerary: catch a meal al fresco at sunset, tackle the mountains, and take a dip in the Pacific.
Covering more than 1,200 acres, laced with hiking trails, and home to museums, theaters, restaurants, and the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is much more than your average city green. Absorb San Diego’s culture and legendary sunshine.
There are many ways to do the beach, but nothing beats a day trip to wander the tidepools and meet all the sea creatures. You can find your preferred type of vehicle in San Diego at a low daily rate, then head down to the shore.
In Downtown San Diego, this retired aircraft carrier gives you a taste of the Top Gun life. Hang out on the flight deck of the USS Midway, explore the aircraft, and test your fortitude in the flight simulator.
Skip the car rental counter
Book a car in San Diego on Turo to travel out of town along the stunningly gorgeous coastline, and head into the mountains or desert for an entirely different Southern California experience. Avoid the rental car center and take the scenic route with a convertible car rental alternative.Book the perfect car
Take the hour drive north past Torrey Pines in your San Diego car rental alternative to take in the famously beautiful Carlsbad State Beach, explore the lagoons, or go wild at Legoland.
Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert and discover the unique collection of sculptures tucked into the landscape. Take a road trip out to this touristic location 80 miles south of Palm Springs — the weather is warm any time of year.
Find your preferred type of vehicle in San Diego, then head an hour out from the city into the mountains to pick your own apples, indulge in a slice of pie, and take a tour of Julian’s 1870s gold mine.
I was a little nervous when just before our trip Mark let me know that the car we had selected needed maintenance and he needed to switch me to a new car. Mark communicated right away and assured me the new car would meet my needs and he was correct! Having the car, with car seats already inside, waiting at short term parking at the SAN airport allowed us to skip the long shuttle ride to the rental car center with our kids and luggage. Drop off was a breeze too. The add ons (car seats and cleaning etc) were reasonably priced and way cheaper than the offerings through Costco. I will never go to the San Diego rental car center again! Thanks Mark!
This was the best rental car experience I've ever had! Our host was very responsive, met us at the airport, and the rate was far lower than anything I could find online through traditional rental companies. The Jeep was so fun to drive! We had such a great experience. Will rent from this host EVERY time I'm in San Diego. Thank you!
Jeep was very clean and perfect for San Diego. Steven made it easy for pick up and drop off. We will definitely be using him again for our next trip to San Diego.
Abraham was a great guy who provided a simple and easy rental process! He accommodated me whenever my plans had changed and needed to update my trip time. I would definitely rent with him whenever I am back in the San Diego area! Thanks Abraham!!
Jesus’ car was amazing for my family and I. Thanks so much for allowing us to rent your car for our first trip to San Diego!
Mike is absolutely amazing to work with. His Jeep was perfect for our trip to San Diego!!
We totally enjoyed exploring San Diego area with Curtis’ Eqinox. Curtis was very responsive!
Wonderful rental! Abraham was a great host and made everything very simple for me. Will for sure use again whenever we make another trip to San Diego.
Awesome car and very clean. When I come back to San Diego I will be renting from Adam again.
Thanks Brian for making this trip so easy for us. We loved the car and our time in San Diego!
Brian made it so easy to pickup and return vehicle. Will rent from him when I'm Back in San Diego
Great car for me and my family to enjoy our vacation in San Diego, Orlando is a great host as well, very helpful and responsive.
Jocelyn is a great host, easy transaction. Vehicle as described. Enjoy sunny San Diego to the fullest and rent this vehicle.
Very clean and on time. Could not ask for better service! We will find him again next trip to San Diego
Very responsive. Easy pick-up and drop off. Will definitely contact Boris again when in San Diego.
Rodolfo was responsive and so understanding. The X2 I definitely recommend renting if you are in San Diego. Great ride, great experience!
Shela was ready to assist with car as soon as I landed in San Diego. Great little vehicle.
Great vehicle. Easy to drive. Handled the hills of North San Diego County well. Great communication from owner.
Jocelyn made the rental process really easy and the jeep was a wonderful drive. Would recommend to others!
Great car for a weekend getaway to San Diego! Great on gas too. Darwin was very responsive and helpful during our entire trip!
Eric was an awesome host and I'll definitely book with him again when I return to San Diego 😎
Very clean and large SUV, perfect for a family road trip. Centrally located within San Diego and Molly is great.
Everything was great an this was so much easier than any cat rental agency. I will use Turo from now on!!!
Jason was an awesome host and so accommodating! Loved the Escalade, would highly recommend if you’re in the San Diego area!
I was genuinely nervous about using Turo’s service. However, Ali made the experience absolutely unbelievable. The car was phenomenal, Ali was amazingly professional and willing to help anyway possible. He delivered the car to my hotel and picked it up. He spent time explaining features of the car and setting everything up. Whenever I return to San Diego I will be renting again from Ali. The future of rental car companies is seriously in jeopardy.
Great car, well kept and it was fun to drive around San Diego with this Lexus. Lots of room in the trunk.
Brian was fantastic! Perfect communication and great car. Absolutely the perfect vehicle for our family of five to see all of the sites in San Diego. Would highly recommend!
Ravi was great to work with. He was very accommodating, professional and friendly. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a nice SUV in the San Diego area.
James was great to work with, seamless pick up and drop off. The Jeep is beautiful! Great ride to enjoy the wonderful San Diego weather! Will definitely rent again.
2nd time renting from Shai. The man is reliable, dependable, and the Mazzy is fire. Will be going back to the man and trying his other stallions on future San Diego trips. I want that Ferrari next time
Amazing vehicle!!! Thank you Laura & Jesus you guys are the best. I will be back to San Diego and when I do, I hope to do business with you again. Tchau.
Christian was very helpful and communicated quick. We truly loved the Jeep in San Diego and will definitely drive it next time we’re in town.
First time using Turo and had the Best experience with Chantz! Great communication and reliable! Not only with the rental of his Jeep but on giving suggestions on where to go while visiting San Diego! Will definitely use his services next time I come back!! Thank you Chantz!!
Brittany and her husband were super friendly, accommodating and great to work with! The vehicle was clean and perfect for our San Diego adventures! Highly recommend!
Kevin was awesome to work with and the Pathfinder was perfect for 5 adults with luggage. We had a great week touring around San Diego & LA. Would definitely rent from Kevin again!
Mariana was extremely helpful and accommodating in making our trip to San Diego smooth and relaxing. She was on time for both the drop off and pick up with a spotless vehicle! Thanks again!!
OMG!!! Quaide is outstanding. Amazing communication, incredible hospitality and service, and the car is super clean and really fun to drive. If in San Diego, go with Quaide
Eric was awesome to work with. Super smooth transaction. Pick up and drop off was very accommodating. Car was clean. Couldn’t have gone any better. Next time I’m in San Diego I’ll definitely rent again!
Laura’s Lexus was the cleanest and most cared for rental we have ever had. I’ve traveled extensively for work, but this vacation trip we got this for the cooled seats and Apple CarPlay to safely navigate around San Diego and Coronado. The airport pickup and drop off was convenient in a parking lot across the street, and the car was like new. We’ve never had a better experience with Turo before!
Extremely beautiful car that drives super smooth on any road. Amazing host that gave us tips and advice on things to see while in town! Highly recommend renting this to whoever visits the beautiful San Diego!
First time using Turo and it was very easy and convenient. This was a much cheaper alternative to Uber or a large rental car agency. Curtis was very prompt and professional when responding to my messages!
Nick was very responsive, professional, and great to work with in terms of being flexible with pick up time! We enjoy his car very much for our short trip!
Blair’s car was perfect for our San Diego trip. The car is super clean and communication is top notch. If you need a car this Kia Telluride is perfect. Thank you Blair, for being an awesome host!
I loved the car and the host was amazing! He always got back to me right away when I had a question. I definitely will be renting this car again when I go back to San Diego
Lon was easy to work with and the car was awesome. The Mach E is sort of an “anti Tesla” and garnered lots of interest around the San Diego area.
My Turo experience with mykeon was terrific. The vehicle was comfortable and a pleasure to drive; communication was excellent; and the price was very reasonable. We’ll definitely look up mykeon on our next trip to San Diego.
Adam was super nice and definitely helpful. Would love to rent out his car again next time I visit San Diego.
Jeremiah is a cool dude! The Macan is the perfect ride for San Diego at a great price. It’s big enough to load stuff, but small and nimble to park anywhere in downtown and PB. Would definitely rent again.
100/100!!! Michael responds promptly and the Volkswagen is absolute perfection! On arrival I found the car crisp and professionally cleaned. I loved experiencing the Volkswagen Tiguan. I will definitely reserve again for my next trip to San Diego.
This epic highway is particularly astounding near San Diego. Grab a car and head north out of the bustling city to catch ocean views from Pacific Beach, Torrey Pines, Solana Beach, Encinitas, all the way past Oceanside.
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.
Book a car and hit Old Highway 80 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.
Rent cars on Turo with Commercial Hosts
Rent with Commercial Hosts on Turo and find the perfect San Diego 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 cars 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.