ACRISS - Car rental code defined

Sixt wants to help you confidently choose the right rent a car by better understanding the ACRISS car rental code system. Knowing what car code letters mean provides you with a clearer idea of the vehicle class and characteristics of any model. Feel more certain that your car rental will meet your expectations and your requirements with our guide to the ACRISS rental car classification codes.

What are ACRISS Car Rental Codes?

ACRISS (Association of Car Rental Industry Systems Standards) developed a car rental class code system that helps those interested in renting a car make a more informed decision. The system can be a useful guide when trying to select a rent a car best suited to your needs from the Sixt fleet.

ACRISS car rental code

How to read ACRISS car rental codes

Each code has four letters representing the different attributes of a vehicle. The first letter refers to the general car category based on price and convenience (luxury vs. economy). The second represents the actual vehicle type while the third states the transmission and drive, such as automatic, manual or 4WD. The fourth letter provides information about special features a vehicle might have like air conditioning or fuel type.

First letter: category

M = Mini
E = Economy
C = Compact
I = Intermediate
S = Standard
F = Fullsize
P = Premium
L = Luxury
X = Special

Second letter: type

B = 2-3 Door
C = 2-4 Door
D = 4-5 Door
W = Wagon/Estate
V = Passenger Van
L = Limousine
S = Sport
T = Convertible
J=Open Air All Terrain
X = Special
P = Pickup (regular cab)
Z=Special Offer Car

Third letter: drive type

M = Manual (unspecified drive
A = Automatic (unspecified drive)

Fourth letter: fuel/air conditioning

R=Air Conditioning
N= No Air Conditioning

MCAR car - Smart fortwo

ICAR car - Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte or similar

Rent a Chevrolet Cruze

SCAR - Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta or similar


CTAR car - Volkswagen Beetle or similar

Rent a VW Beetle

IFAR car - Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox or similar

Rent Acriss Code IFAR

STAR car - Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible