Grab your bags, stroll out of Los Angeles, CA Airport (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.), and pick up your rental car. Which one you drive off in depends on where you’re going. If you’ll be primarily driving in downtown Los Angeles, around 11 miles from the terminal, select something small. A compact car with nimble handling will be ideal for navigating those bustling city streets. But with a wealth of things to see, like the scenic sandy shores of the surrounding area, you’ll probably be racking up a few miles. A larger vehicle, like a full-size car or an SUV, will make longer road trips a joy.