Even with discounted rates for SUVs and free upgrades to SUVs when smaller vehicles are unavailable, national rental car companies are sitting on their SUV stocks this year, according to an article
in the News and Observer of North Carolina. Hertz, Alamo and Enterprise Rent-A-Car all offer various special deals, to little avail. Thrifty Rent A Car of Ohio has 75 percent fewer SUVs in its fleet than this time last year. One rental car official quoted in the story said that people are saying no the free upgrades to SUVs because of the high price of gas. Overall, SUV rentals are down 1 percent. On the other side of the mileage spectrum, compact car rentals are up 7.8 percent and mid-size vehicles are up 9.6 percent.
[Source: News and Observer]