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7 Passenger Auto dissappointment

Largo, Florida
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13 reviews
7 Passenger Auto dissappointment

We reserved a Toyota Prada with Alamo and the website says 7 passengers and 5 standard bags.

It would not hold 5 back packs, there is no way it would hold 5 standard bags. We had to rent a second vehicle and appoint a second driver. Only 4 passengers and 5-7 bags is more accurate. HUGE disappointment. The vehicle itself was new and a great ride. The local staff was kind and explained they had nothing larger.

Alamo website still reflects 7 passengers and 5 bags. Beware that this not accurate and the corporate office is requesting a change on their website but says they have no control on international locations.

San Jose
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1,000 posts
24 reviews
1. Re: 7 Passenger Auto dissappointment

All these seven passenger vehicles will take out the luggage space when unfolding the seats to sit 7. When using all seven seats there is certainly no room left for luggage.

Costa Rica
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25,653 posts
25 reviews
2. Re: 7 Passenger Auto dissappointment

I own a 7-passenger vehicle and it truly holds 7 people and it could possibly hold 5 suitcases if they are not huge and can lie flat and be stacked up on each other. (I've done it.......) But six of the people should be good friends since they will be kind of squashed. Also, it can be awkward since most people have some kind of day pack and that becomes a problem. Still...... 7 passengers are more likely to have 7 bags. If there are more kids than adults, it would probably work. It also depends on what they mean by "7 passengers" -- does that mean.... 7 people total or does that mean a driver plus 7 passengers. (My 7-passenger car can hold a driver and 7 passengers.)

What a lot of people do in this situation is strap the bags onto the roof rack. For this, you would need a some large garden size garbage bags or a good tarp and some tie downs or rope.

Not all Prados are the same. There is a smaller model that according to the specifications only seats 5 and larger models that will seat 7. (One of these has 7 airbags!)

Keep in mind that Alamo US has nothing to do with Alamo Costa Rica which is who you would need to contact to get the website changed.

Still -- it's a good warning. People should be sure to thoroughly check out the cars for this many people. And it sounds like it was a good experience with Alamo, all in all, so that's a plus.

Edited: 13 July 2014, 20:26
Cahuita, Costa Rica
Destination Expert
for Cahuita
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2,696 posts
33 reviews
3. Re: 7 Passenger Auto dissappointment

The best bet is to get roof racks and a cover so that you can take all the luggage and have space for passengers. Usually, you can rent these from the car rental operator, but then you do have to use common sense when on a journey and not leave the vehicle unattended.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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51,677 posts
114 reviews
4. Re: 7 Passenger Auto dissappointment

We own some Prados...for seven pazs...not space for anything inside....you need to use the roof racks...tryvto find Toyota Hiace...that us the vehicle you need...


Parrita Costa Rica
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61 posts
5 reviews
5. Re: 7 Passenger Auto dissappointment

Next time rent a 7 passenger Suzuki MPV from Service Car Rental in San Jose, it is a huge van with only a 1.3 engine, we use it every year for five people and huge luggage. It also gets great mileage.

6. Re: 7 Passenger Auto dissappointment

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