Toronto Pearson International Airport (YZ), or “Pearson” as it is commonly known, is the main international airport serving Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario, Canada. Located 22.5 kilometres northwest of downtown Toronto, it is the busiest airport in Canada, handling nearly 50 million passengers annually.
Car rental companies are easy to find at Pearson Airport.Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Alamo can all be found in the parking lot of Terminal 1, Level 1 or Terminal 3.
To determine which car rental companies offer the best vehicles in our three categories (most affordable, best for luxury cars, best for vans), Travelmag.com took a close look at each car rental company’s prices, availability, policies and customer reviews. Here are our findings.
Best for luxury cars. Razor and AVIS
It’s well known that Thrifty has the lowest prices for short car rentals – and as it turns out, the luxury category is no exception. American vintage car manufacturers like Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac have a large number of models in their fleets, and on our sample date, these cars were available for rent in the $50-65/day price range. For Ford, we recommend the Avis, which is available in Escape, Edge, Taurus, and Ford Mustang convertibles at very competitive prices. While Avis is primarily known for their exemplary customer service, they also have a handy APP that allows customers to manage their reservations directly from booking to drop-off, saving them the hassle and, most importantly, valuable vacation time.
Best for minivans: the Alamo and Alaska
In general, car rentals in Ontario are less expensive than car rentals in every US state across the border – and the “minivan” category is no exception. In Toronto, almost all car rental companies offer models like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Nissan Quest, with similar terms and conditions. Avis, on the other hand, bucked the trend and leased out the fuel-efficient Chrysler Town and Country, which features leather upholstery, a power sunroof and heated steering wheel, among many other features.