The difference between a luxury and exotic car

When you rent a car, you need distinction. The ride should turn from a task into an experience, and making an impression as you arrive at your destination is a welcome bonus. So you start researching a luxury or exotic car rental for your next trip and find plenty of options, but one question almost immediately pops up: what is the difference between exotic cars and luxury cars?

Some exotic car rental services don’t distinguish between the two. We do. That’s because we understand that client experience is at the very center of a great rental opportunity. Part of that means realizing that every client’s needs matter and that those needs often depend on the distinction between the two.

What Constitutes a Luxury Car?

That answer is simple: anything above the standard vehicle you could expect at other car rentals is a luxury car. It would be redundant to describe a luxury car as luxurious, but that’s exactly the feeling you get when you sit behind the wheel or in the passenger seat of one of these beauties. Think BMW, Mercedes, and other, comparable vehicles.

Don’t get confused by the term as car brands use it. A more luxurious version of the newest Honda is still not a luxury vehicle. Think of it as the types of cars you would choose to add that extra bit of comfort and prestige.

Luxury cars are useful in every situation. An Aston Martin might be perfect for your next visit to San Francisco, the windy city. Cruising through the Hamptons or New York City in the newest BMW model adds that extra special something to the overall experience. And of course, a casino trip to Las Vegas without a Rolls Royce means you’re missing something that would complete your adventure.

The definition of luxury cars is broad and depends on your preferences. To judge whether a specific model qualifies, think of it in these terms: when you sit behind the wheel, what do you feel? Do onlookers immediately associate the car maker with a feeling of distinction, and do you feel like you become more important simply by virtue of driving this car? If the answer to both is yes, chances are you’re talking about a luxury vehicle.

What Vehicles Does Exotic Car Describe?

Too often, the terms exotic and luxury are used interchangeably as they relate to vehicles. In reality, an exotic car describes a very special type of luxury car.

First, exotic cars are typically sports vehicles. Think about the types of cars that you don’t typically see on the road. You might see an Audi, but how common is it to come across a Ferrari on your daily morning commute?

Second, exotic cars are often (but not always) created and marketed by foreign car makers. This provides them with just enough mystery to be honestly called exotic. Your Ford Mustang is undoubtedly luxurious, but would not quite qualify under this moniker. After all, it’s made in the U.S. and appears on domestic streets often enough to be familiar to most onlookers.

Finally, exotic vehicles are almost always more powerful than regular street alternatives. Almost without exception, they would be just as comfortable on the race track as they are on regular streets shared by other cars. They’re often limited editions, made by globally distinguished brands such as McLaren, Lamborghini, and Maserati.

They’re custom. They’re limited. They’re supremely powerful. They’re ultra luxurious.

They are, in other words, supercars that represent the very top of the food chain in the vehicle market.

Exotic or Luxury: Which Car is Right For Me?

Ultimately, the answer to that question relies on two variables: your personal preferences and your budget. First, it’s important to understand just how important your style and taste really are. Driving a custom Ferrari through Miami or South Beach is the dream for some, but not nearly as exciting for others. Similarly, a luxury Mercedes SUV in Beverly Hills may not be quite enough to quench the thirst of adventure seekers.

Ask yourself a simple question: what are you looking to get out of your vehicle? If it’s an introspective feeling of luxury and style, a luxury car will be your best choice. But if you want to feel a powerful engine under your feet and guarantee the attention of onlookers, a more exotic choice may be warranted. The choice, ultimately, is yours.

Of course, budget also plays into the equation. Because of their custom nature, true exotic sports cars tend to be more expensive than their ‘regular’ luxury counterparts. When you buy a car, that budget can diverge so drastically that you are often forced to make a choice on this variable alone.

The same is not necessarily true when you’re renting. Now, the price per day is more similar, meaning that your choice comes down entirely to your personal style and preference. Once you know what car works for you, it’s time to find the right car rental service.

Optimizing Your Rental Experience Through CarHopper

As you look for a luxury or exotic car rental opportunity, we know you won’t look much further than CarHopper. Since our inception, we’ve disrupted the industry by offering a straightforward pricing and booking model. Combine that with our VIP customer service, and you get the flexibility and convenience you need to drive your dream car.

From Los Angeles to Miami, and from Santa Monica to New York City, we know you will be able to find the perfect car to make memories at a price you can afford. Contact us to learn more about our luxury and exotic vehicle options in your destination of choice and start the booking process today!