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Top cars in San Diego, CA

Tesla Model 3 2018 — Car rental alternative in San Diego, CA 92101
Tesla Model 3 2018

5.0

(198 trips)

All-Star Host

$120/day
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2017 — Car rental alternative in San Diego, CA 92121
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Ford Fusion Hybrid 2017

5.0

(98 trips)

All-Star Host

$62/day
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Get beached in San Diego

Get beached in San Diego

It’s always a perfect day in San Diego — however you like to vacation. The city is known for its immaculate, sparkling coastline, with beaches perfect for surfing, sipping cocktails, and even hang gliding.

When you’re done chowing down on great Mexican food, take your San Diego car rental alternative for a spin to check out the bevy of museums in town that offer an array of exciting experiences, equally thrilling to adults and kids.

San Diego favorites

The secret to making the most of San Diego is simply to enjoy the outdoors. So catch a meal al fresco at sunset, tackle the mountains, dip in the water, and when you’re indoors, don’t forget to pause at the windows.

Balboa Park

Covering more than 1,200 acres, laced with hiking trails, and home to several museums, theaters, and restaurants, Balboa Park is much more than your average city green. Absorb San Diego’s culture and legendary sunshine.

Cabrillo National Monument

There are many ways to do the beach, but nothing beats wandering the tidepools and meeting all the sea creatures. You’ll need a San Diego car rental alternative to get down to the shore, then wait for low tide.

USS Midway Museum

In Downtown San Diego, this retired aircraft carrier gives you a taste of the Top Gun life. Hang out on the flight deck, explore the aircraft, and test your fortitude in the flight simulator.

Top hosts in San Diego, CA

Curtis C.
4.9
Curtis C.

All-Star Host

9833 tripsJoined October 2016
Typically responds within 1 minute

Recent reviews

Very convenient car rental near San Diego Airport. Curtis is a great host and easy to communicate with. Thanks and highly recommended!
Christian J.- March 23, 2020
Best car I've driven, next time I'm in San Diego, Ill know who to go to.
Brian A M.- January 21, 2021

Curtis C.’s vehicles

Ray D.
4.9
Ray D.

All-Star Host

2800 tripsJoined December 2016
Typically responds within 1 minute

Recent reviews

Everything you want. Nothing like driving around San Diego in a Tesla. Very thankful, added that luxury factor to my trip. If you’re thinking about it, just book it. You will not be disappointed.
Mathew W.- July 14, 2020
Ray is the perfect host will book every time I’m in San Diego
Elliot H.- March 24, 2021
Hit the road

Skip the rental car counter

Hit the road

Book your San Diego car rental alternative on Turo to cruise out of town along the stunningly gorgeous coastline, and head into the mountains or desert for an entirely different southern California experience.

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Carlsbad

Take the hour drive north in your San Diego car rental alternative to take in the famously beautiful Carlsbad State Beach, explore the lagoons, or go wild at Legoland.

Borrego Springs

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert and discover the unique collection of sculptures tucked into the landscape. Take on the two hour drive in your San Diego car rental.

Julian

Known for its apple orchards, steer your San Diego car rental alternative an hour into the mountains to pick your own apples, indulge in a slice of pie, and take a tour of the town’s 1870s gold mine.

Average ratings near San Diego
(4.9 stars)
Emil A.
Toyota Camry 2017

Everything was great! Communication was easy and the car had absolutely no issues! Next time I rent a car in San Diego it will be from Wan Leon!

Emil A.
- April 15, 2021
Christian J.
Toyota Corolla 2020

Very convenient car rental near San Diego Airport. Curtis is a great host and easy to communicate with. Thanks and highly recommended!

Christian J.
- March 23, 2020
Robert L.
BMW 3 Series 2012

Ken was absolutely amazing! No problems with the car, we got to enjoy the convertible in the San Diego weather, and it was cheaper than most other rental cars, especially since there were none available at the airport! A great experience at a low price!

Robert L.
- March 31, 2021
Christina M.
Ford Mustang 2019

Great car, excellent host! Perfect car for a San Diego vacation.

Christina M.
- April 8, 2021
Mathew W.
Tesla Model 3 2018

Everything you want. Nothing like driving around San Diego in a Tesla. Very thankful, added that luxury factor to my trip. If you’re thinking about it, just book it. You will not be disappointed.

Mathew W.
- July 14, 2020
Jason B.
BMW Z4 2020

Always a pleasure renting from Jesus. His Z4 is the perfect San Diego car!

Jason B.
- March 26, 2021
Luciano S.
Ford Mustang 2015

Amazing as always. #1 Turo partner in San Diego!

Luciano S.
- March 22, 2021
Shane S.
BMW Z4 2019

Nice sporty convertible perfect for cruising around San Diego

Shane S.
- March 25, 2021
Quinn D.
Toyota Camry 2011

Fuel efficient easy to drive car, perfect for driving around San Diego

Quinn D.
- April 10, 2021
Yahya A.
BMW 3 Series 2015

Great ride awesome people we enjoyed San Diego thank you !

Yahya A.
- March 18, 2021
Adrian T.
Tesla Model 3 2020

Adam’s Tesla is a MUST RENT! Having the luxury of driving a prestigious vehicle at a great price is impossible to beat! I am glad I was able to drive the Tesla around and whenever I’m in San Diego, I’ll be renting out the car! Thank you Adam! 🙏🏼

Adrian T.
- January 9, 2021
Carley B.
MINI Cooper 2009

Fun little car to zoom around San Diego in. Great host. I would recommend.

Carley B.
- April 12, 2021
Andrew R.
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2016

Great car. Abdi was easy to deal with and super responsive. 10/10 would rent again if I’m ever in San Diego.

Andrew R.
- March 25, 2021
Preetam D.
Ford Mustang 2015

Good car to cruise around for the weekend in San Diego. Ulugbek is very helpful.

Preetam D.
- April 11, 2021
Andy B.
Tesla Model 3 2020

Great car for cruising around San Diego!

Andy B.
- January 23, 2021
ATL D.
FIAT 124 Spider 2018

Great experience renting with NJ car rental. Great communication and friendly service. Would highly recommend to anyone needing to rent a car while in San Diego.

ATL D.
- September 30, 2020
Miranda B.
FIAT 500 2013

Joe was awesome, and Gina was the perfect car to drive around San Diego! Highly recommend!

Miranda B.
- March 27, 2021
Amina S.
Toyota Corolla 2021

The car was clean and drove nicely. We enjoyed it during our time in San Diego!

Amina S.
- April 6, 2021
Elliot H.
BMW Z4 2019

Ray is the perfect host will book every time I’m in San Diego

Elliot H.
- March 24, 2021
Ethan F.
Audi A5 2014

Perfect car for San Diego weather. I can’t recommend it enough, and Ulugbek was very nice and helpful.

Ethan F.
- April 6, 2021
Frank A.
Chevrolet Cruze 2014

Rich was very understanding and helpful throughout the entire rental process. Trust him if your looking for a great rental in San Diego.

Frank A.
- April 9, 2021
Brian G.
BMW 3 Series 2011

Tatiana was very accessible and responsive. The car is very nice and it added to the enjoyment of my trip to San Diego.

Brian G.
- March 18, 2021
Kafele W.
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 2015

Awesome rental. Sunil worked with me for places to visit in the San Diego area. Unfortunately Covid. When i needed to extend my trip, it was professional and timely.

Kafele W.
- April 4, 2021
Thijs V.
Porsche 911 2008

What a car, loved every minute driving. Josh was excellent in his communication, will definitely rent again when I'm out here in San Diego

Thijs V.
- March 22, 2021
Troy S.
BMW Z4 2014

Adams car was great during our stay in San Diego

Troy S.
- March 8, 2021
James T.
Chevrolet Corvette 2008

Gary was awesome. The car is in pristine condition. What a great way to spend a day in San Diego

James T.
- March 20, 2021
Bryan T.
Ford Mustang 2013

The car was clean and pickup and drop off was seamless. Very responsive to messaging. I will rent from him again best time in San Diego. Thanks for making our trip fun and exciting with a sports car

Bryan T.
- March 16, 2021
Desiree M.
Ford Mustang 2019

One of the best experiences! Amazing car and great pick up and drop off instructions. If you are visiting San Diego you HAVE to rent this car from Christopher! 10 stars.

Desiree M.
- March 27, 2021
Evan M.
BMW M4 2016

You will not be disappointed driving this around San Diego. We had a blast in the M4 would 100% rent again.

Evan M.
- March 22, 2021
Emil I.
Hyundai Elantra 2016

Abdullah is my to go renter in San Diego, whenever I need budget ride.

Emil I.
- February 9, 2021
Timothy A.
Infiniti Q70 2017

The Infinity Q70 is a wonderful car. Highly recommend renting from Alfred. Car was clean and ready to go. We had zero issues with it. The car accelerates, handles, and brakes as one would expect from a high end luxury vehicle. Alfred’s communication is great and he was very flexible with our schedule. The car helped make our trip to San Diego fun and memorable.

Timothy A.
- March 14, 2020
Eric Ez E.
Chevrolet Corvette 2012

Really nice car, Gary is a great host, responds fast and car really well taken car of great convertible for sunny San Diego.

Eric Ez E.
- March 31, 2021
Shanda S.
Chevrolet Camaro 2018

Great car - thanks so much! Easy, 10 minute walk from Terminal 1 at San Diego Int’l Airport and great, quick communication from Ray!

Shanda S.
- April 5, 2021
Joseph P.
FIAT 500 2012

Excellent host, My 1st choice always for economical & stylish cars to commute about San Diego.

Joseph P.
- February 1, 2021
Aran B.
Ford Mustang 2016

Perfect car for a week in San Diego! Jason was super helpful, had some good local suggestions, and even provides a car wash!

Aran B.
- April 12, 2021
Qasam A.
Ford Mustang 2016

Very responsive and communicates on time. Car was a enjoy to drive especially in sunny San Diego. Drop the top and enjoy the view!

Qasam A.
- April 4, 2021
Seth S.
Dodge Challenger 2019

Alex was awsome! Great communication before and during pick up. The car was alot of fun. Definitely a must when your in San Diego!

Seth S.
- March 22, 2021
Brian A M.
Toyota Corolla 2020

Best car I've driven, next time I'm in San Diego, Ill know who to go to.

Brian A M.
- January 21, 2021
Rammy A.
Honda Accord 2012

Great host. It was my first time using turo and he made it very easy process. I'd definitely rent again when I'm in San Diego.

Rammy A.
- March 18, 2021
Haoran S.
BMW Z4 2014

Very clean. Car handled well and having a convertible in San Diego was definitely a good choice. Pick up and drop off was very easy.

Haoran S.
- March 31, 2021
Brian H.
Volkswagen Eos 2010

Ken was amazing to deal with. Would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to see San Diego in a convertible. Great experience. Thank you Ken!

Brian H.
- March 27, 2021
Mitchell P.
Toyota Corolla 2015

Excellent car for our trip in San Diego.

Mitchell P.
- August 24, 2020
George N.
BMW 3 Series 2012

Kenneth was a great host during our trip to San Diego. The car was clean and well maintained. We particularly enjoyed riding with the top down in the California sunshine 😎

George N.
- April 10, 2021
Tyler B.
FIAT 500 2015

Rodolfo was really easy to communicate with and his Fiat is perfect for cruising around San Diego on a sunny day

Tyler B.
- March 29, 2021
Julia F.
BMW 3 Series 2009

Loved the car, was such a vibe driving it in San Diego. It was very clean inside and very easy to communicate any questions I had.

Julia F.
- March 27, 2021
James P.
Lexus CT 200h 2013

Great vehicle, and host was extremely prompt with responding to all queries. Will certainly use again when back in San Diego.

James P.
- April 11, 2021
Bryce S.
Toyota Prius v 2013

Really nice car and convenient around San Diego.

Bryce S.
- October 31, 2020
Cory W.
Tesla Model 3 2021

Jeffrey created the best experience we have ever had on Turo. He was so friendly, professional, and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best time in San Diego. After we dropped off the car, he offered to drive us to the airport. The car itself was incredibly clean, so enjoyable to drive, and has made us think about getting a Tesla ;) We’d love to rent from Jeffery again in the future and will be recommending him to friends in San Diego.

Cory W.
- March 29, 2021
Joseph P.
MINI Cooper 2009

Wide selection of great cars, great price & stylish. Enjoy San Diego with 1 of there great vehicles.

Joseph P.
- February 23, 2021
Joseph U.
Kia Rio 2010

A MUST HASSLE FREE WHEN IN SAN DIEGO! GREAT CARS ALOHA.

Joseph U.
- December 21, 2020
Johnny K.
Nissan Sentra 2019

The owner is very friendly and helpful the car is in good condition and was a great car for my trip from San Diego to LAS angles , I HIGHLY recommend using this car

Johnny K.
- March 29, 2021
Eli D.
Chevrolet Camaro 2017

Clean ride! East pick up and drop off. Highly recommend a convertible if you’re in San Diego. It makes the experience honestly

Eli D.
- March 28, 2021
Anthony B.
Honda Civic Sedan 2020

Andrew was a great host and very professional. Very communicative throughout the entire trip. He’ll definitely be a first choice when I use Turo in San Diego.

Anthony B.
- March 21, 2021
Isaiah W.
BMW 4 Series 2018

The car is great. It has the perfect amount of fun while still being comfortable and safe. Throwing the top down on a beautiful sunny San Diego day is an experience you won’t forget. Yazan is extremely accommodating in every way possible. The pickup/dropoff was seamless and covid safe. I highly recommend spending the extra money to cruise San Diego in style.

Isaiah W.
- March 27, 2021
Andres G.
BMW 3 Series 2015

Levi’s BMW is a great looking ride and had a joy driving it around San Diego. Highly recommend and would book again.

Andres G.
- March 23, 2021
Michael S.
BMW M3 2018

Highly recommend April & Rob. Car was great, their service was above and beyond. If looking for a fun, stick car in San Diego, look to them first.

Michael S.
- March 27, 2021
Francisco N.
Polaris Slingshot 2015

It was a fun and great car to cruise around in beautiful San Diego. Will definitely rent again

Francisco N.
- February 27, 2021
Faith L.
BMW 4 Series 2018

Yazan was great. He was super responsive & flexible with changes that I had. The car was luxurious & nice. We had a great time in San Diego with it. Would probably rent again! Thanks Yazan.

Faith L.
- April 7, 2021
Alex K.
Alfa-romeo Giulia 2019

We had a great experience renting Olenka’s Alfa Romeo for our trip to San Diego. Olenka was a fantastic host, accommodating, and very friendly. Would rent any of his vehicles again in the future.

Alex K.
- April 12, 2021
Daniel G.
BMW Z4 2014

Had a great time riding this car around San Diego for the week. Thanks Adam!

Daniel G.
- March 11, 2021
Nickolena M.
Audi A6 2012

Troy’s Audi A6 was the perfect car for a long weekend in San Diego to ride in style and comfort. Troy was an awesome host who made it super easy to pick up and drop off the car. Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a rental car while in San Diego!

Nickolena M.
- March 1, 2021
Oscar S.
Ford Mustang 2013

Great car at a great price, takes your San Diego experience to a higher level.

Oscar S.
- March 1, 2021
Gerardo B.
BMW 5 Series 2017

The best in San Diego, the car is insane and Ahmed is a super host. Next time I will rent from him again

Gerardo B.
- January 28, 2021
Gabe C.
BMW 3 Series 2013

Great car for cruising sunny San Diego.

Gabe C.
- November 18, 2019
Saul R.
Chevrolet Camaro 2018

Fun car to drive in San Diego!

Saul R.
- August 28, 2020
Talha C.
BMW Z4 2020

The car was perfect for a day of cruising San Diego. Easy pickup and return. Would definitely rent again if I’m back in San Diego

Talha C.
- March 8, 2020
Whitney C.
Ford Mustang 2019

The car was in great shape, and we had so much fun exploring San Diego. Sammy was super communicative, friendly, and really easy to deal with. Also, suuuper reasonably priced rental for the quality of the car!! If I come back to SD, I’d 100% use Turo and rent Sammy’s car again. Thank you!

Whitney C.
- March 23, 2021
Kurdi T.
Nissan Sentra 2014

Used the Nissan Sentra in San Diego for spring break with my daughter. Delivery and communication between the host was awesome and hassle free. Car was clean and affordable. Thanks for letting us rent your car Sultan!

Kurdi T.
- April 4, 2021
Calvin C.
FIAT 500 2012

A great car to cruise around San Diego in. Great gas mileage, the car handles beautifully, and it’s been kept in great shape- very clean and is also mechanically immaculate.

Calvin C.
- April 15, 2021
Gregory M.
Kia Forte 2010

One of the best rents in San Diego highly recommended!

Gregory M.
- July 28, 2020
Lotus A.
Nissan Sentra 2019

Justin is the best rental shop in San Diego you can’t go wrong!

Lotus A.
- April 18, 2020
Cheyenne T.
Toyota Corolla 2016

The customer service with the office staff at Renty was wonderful, and communication between Turo, Renty, and guests was amazing as well. The car itself drove like a beauty, and I will definitely use Renty/Turo again for any future rental car needs in San Diego. Wonderful!

Cheyenne T.
- April 1, 2021
Nancy P.
Ford Focus 2017

James' car was perfect for getting set up and with groceries and a pickup at the airport for our stay in San Diego. James was quick to respond to messages. Thanks!

Nancy P.
- March 29, 2021
Andrew S.
Nissan Versa Note 2014

Rodolpho is an awesome host. Highest of recommendation if you need a car while in San Diego!!

Andrew S.
- February 1, 2021
Maria S.
FIAT 500 2012

Great communication & fun little car to tour San Diego in! Would definitely rent again :)

Maria S.
- October 31, 2020
Ruvem S.
Chevrolet Camaro 2019

Great car Great service. Best way to enjoy beautiful San Diego.

Ruvem S.
- July 8, 2020
Zak S.
FIAT 500 2013

Joe was an amazing host! So friendly and very understanding of our traveling needs. We’ve rented many cars and Gina is absolutely our new favorite. The size is perfect for zooming around San Diego. We can’t wait to return and hopefully be able to spend more time with her again!

Zak S.
- April 9, 2021
Missy F.
Nissan Sentra 2014

Very easy pickup and the host is very willing to work with you with proper communication. Car was clean and in good shape. Overall an efficient daily driver for your San Diego exploration.

Missy F.
- April 13, 2021
Andy S.
Volkswagen New Beetle 2008

Fantastic Turo rental! Clean reliable and very fun to drive. Will definitely rent this one again next time I’m in San Diego.

Andy S.
- March 15, 2021
Serge L.
Ford Mustang 2015

One of the best ways to enjoy San Diego!

Serge L.
- August 12, 2020
Joel B.
BMW 5 Series 2011

Great little car. Fun to drive around San Diego

Joel B.
- September 7, 2020
Alex K.
MINI Cooper 2012

Fun little car to drive around San Diego! Loved having the top down while driving in the sunshine. Won Hon is incredibly helpful and answered any questions we had while driving his Mini Cooper.

Alex K.
- March 29, 2021
James D.
Tesla Model S 2016

Mr Glen 🙂 was very accommodating and prepared the car the night before, as I rented the car a full day. Came with all the tools of the car and loved driving around the San Diego area in style! Would definitely recommend!

James D.
- March 20, 2021
Marcin P.
BMW 5-Series 2019

Clean and considerate in the pandemic, masks and sanitizer was in the car as we arrived. Very smooth and effortless pick up and drop off. The car in itself is comfortable, new, and fun. Made our trip to San Diego more enjoyable.

Marcin P.
- April 8, 2021
Eric T.
Chevrolet Camaro 2015

Great ride to have in San Diego

Eric T.
- October 4, 2020
Evin S.
Ford Mustang 2017

Had a Great time! Definitely my San Diego go to for rentals.

Evin S.
- February 7, 2020
Andrea V.
BMW i8 2016

We rented Shai’s BMW i8 for my birthday trip to San Diego. It was a great car, very clean and a head turner for sure! People even stopped us to take pictures of it. Shai replied to every question we had very quickly and was super helpful. I would highly recommend renting this car!

Andrea V.
- March 17, 2021
Lindsey K.
MINI Cooper 2013

Driving the mini around San Diego makes you feel just like a local! So fun to zip around in. Adam was so helpful and responded very quickly! Highly recommend!

Lindsey K.
- April 14, 2021
Tony P.
Polaris Slingshot 2020

You won’t find a nicer, more unique ride to take through San Diego than this Slingshot RIGHT HERE!!! Absolutely get your hands on it before it’s taken. You will have the best day of your life!

Tony P.
- April 4, 2021
Shanyce M.
Kia Forte 2017

Overall a great trip. The car needed to be vacuumed but other than that a nice way to get around the San Diego area.

Shanyce M.
- March 10, 2021

Nearby car rental alternatives

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Best San Diego driving roads

Highway 101

This epic highway is particularly astounding near San Diego. Take your car rental alternative north to catch ocean views from jagged cliffs, sandy beaches, and charming beach towns.

Palomar Mountain Loop

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.

Old Highway 80

Take your car rental alternative 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.