Car rental Austin, TX

Living life right
in Austin

The beauty of Austin is that it’s not hard to have an amazing time. From the iconic Franklin BBQ to the live music scene in the South Congress neighborhood, where the SXSW music festival was born, all your senses will be delighted.

The abundance of green space in Austin means it’s easy to get into nature and cool off with a swim, but you can also find even more thrilling adventures just outside of the city. Start living life Austin style in your Austin airport car rental.

Austin Favorites

Whether you’re more of a lounger or an active outdoorsy type, you’ll find just the right spot to make your trip pop. Hop in your Austin car rental to check out these highlights.

Zilker Park

Potentially the most attractive feature of Austin, Zilker Park is home to Lady Bird Lake for excellent hiking and biking, the epic Barton Springs Pool, and iconic festivals like Austin City Limits.

The Continental Club

With six decades of history on this stage, this club is the heart of Austin’s famous music scene, so put on your most respectable dancing shoes and get ready to boogie next to someone famous.

Congress Bridge

You know a city is unpretentious when one of the favorite local activities is gathering at sunset to watch millions — yes, millions — of bats flutter to life and take off from this beautiful bridge.

Top hosts in Austin, TX

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Communication was proactive and organized, and the pickup and return was simple. Next time I need a rental car in Austin, I’ll come here first.
Austin - January 3, 2020
ONLY CAR RENTAL SERVICE I USE IN AUSTIN! BEST THERE IS! 😎👍🏼
Madeline - January 16, 2020
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Pick up and drop off was way easier than traditional rental cars.
Robin - October 28, 2019
May and Aida made my car rental a breeze. I would rent a car from them again if I'm in the Austin area.
Matthew - June 4, 2019
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Hit the road

While there are other big cities you can easily get to from Austin, book your Austin car rental on Turo so you don’t miss these favorite local getaways.

Longhorn Cavern

It’s not everyday you get to explore underground caves carved out by a river. Make the one-hour drive in your Austin car rental for the mild walking tour or the wild spelunking adventure.

Dripping Springs

Just a 45-minute drive in your Austin car rental, the name of this city really says it all. Go for a swim in the totally unreal sparkling waters at the natural Hamilton Pool, and explore the historic downtown.

Wimberley

This little town is packed full of Texan specials, including two incredible swimming holes — Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well — and the Bella Vista Olive farm. Hop in your Austin car rental for the 45-minute drive.

Average ratings in Austin (4.9 stars)

Austin
Honda Accord Sedan 2019
Communication was proactive and organized, and the pickup and return was simple. Next time I need a rental car in Austin, I’ll come here first.
Austin H. - January 3, 2020
jovid
Nissan Altima 2014
Very convenient no more rental cars, only Turo
Jovid K. - December 2, 2019
Donghyun
Volkswagen CC 2014
He was very nice, easy to communicate. He is also friendly. If you plan to rent a car in Austin, check out with Juan. He is very professional with nice cars.
Donghyun K. - July 11, 2019
Jamie
BMW 3 Series 2017
I’ve been renting the same car from Lionel for months now, and I will continue to do so when possible for every future work trip I have in Austin. The car is great, and the pickup and drop-off process is ideal. Really happy I found a reliable resource for car rental in Austin.
Jamie B. - October 29, 2019
Madeline
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018
ONLY CAR RENTAL SERVICE I USE IN AUSTIN! BEST THERE IS! 😎👍🏼
Madeline Y. - January 16, 2020
Robin
Toyota Corolla 2009
Pick up and drop off was way easier than traditional rental cars.
Robin G. - October 28, 2019
Kristen
Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2013
Phenomenal experience! I highly recommend renting from Ritesh for anyone looking for a rental car in Austin. Super flexible and convenient, easy & open communication. This was my first Turo experience and I would definitely do it again!
Kristen M. - November 14, 2019
Matthew
Lexus IS 250 2007
May and Aida made my car rental a breeze. I would rent a car from them again if I'm in the Austin area.
Matthew M. - June 4, 2019
Christopher
Honda Civic 2014
Great experience. Good car at a fair price in a city where rental cars are way overpriced. Definitely recommend.
Christopher S. - April 6, 2019
Jessica
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018
He is awesome! Will be my go to when i need to rent a car
Jessica V. - January 24, 2020
Ruben Xavier
Alfa-romeo Giulia 2019
The best and easiest way to rent a car! Loved this automobile. Lux Haus was dependable and flexible. We will definitely use them again.
Ruben Xavier M. - January 20, 2020
Alexandra
Toyota Camry 2019
This was a super easy car rental! Pick up and drop off was at a 7-Eleven in a safe and convenient part of town. The car was great and has the capability to link to your iPhone and project your screen for easy navigation and music selection. I would for sure rent this again if I come back to Austin. :-)
Alexandra P. - January 19, 2020
Amy
Ford Fusion 2017
This was one of the easiest car rental transactions ever. Thank you!
Amy B. - December 11, 2019
Richard
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018
Fantastic rental - I’d recommend to anyone looking to rent a car in the Austin area! Will be referring to my clients :)
Richard B. - December 15, 2019
Maria
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018
Best car rental experience to date. Communication was clear and the whole process, from start to finish is leaps and bounds better than traditionally rental companies. The car was perfect and waiting just a short walk across the street from where we picked up our luggage. Drop off was equally as easy. I can not recommend them enough.
Maria H. - January 27, 2020
Andrew
Ford Fusion 2017
Great looking clean car. Perfect rental for my vacation!
Andrew B. - December 4, 2019
Ryan
Audi A8 2015
John came to the airport and dropped the car off curbside. It was really impressive and so much easier than traditional rental cars. His A8 was great and drove like a dream.
Ryan H. - September 25, 2018
Lindsay
Toyota Camry 2020
This was a phenomenal place to pick up the car and drop it off at a 7-11. This was the fastest car rental check out ever! The car was clean and ready to go and cheaper than getting an Uber to go everywhere. The Camry also has great gas mileage! Dear San Diegans: This fleet is run by a former Marine from Pendleton! SemperFi!
Lindsay H. - January 21, 2020
Lorena
Chevrolet Spark 2017
Best person to rent a car from...
Lorena B. - August 7, 2019
Vlad
FIAT 500 2014
If i will come back to Austin i will definitely rent a car from May
Vlad T. - October 6, 2019
JORDAN
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018
Gilberto's Mercedes was exactly what I was looking for. It was very clean and just as described. He was very professional and kind which made the entire process perfect. As a woman traveling on her own, I felt save and would happily use his services again. It's nice to have a great luxury option in South Austin! I had a great experience with my first time using Turo.
JORDAN E. - February 8, 2020
Brooke
Toyota Corolla 2006
This was a great little car- it was clean and dependable. A great affordable car rental option for our two week trip to Austin. Manish was very communicative and kind. We would definitely rent with him again!
Brooke E. - October 23, 2019
Vamsi
Toyota Corolla 2020
The best rental experience I ever had. Pradeep has a wide knowledge about the local places, ride arounds and many more. I highly suggest Pradeep place to hire or rent a car.
Vamsi C. - January 3, 2020
Philip
INFINITI Q50 2018
First time using Turo. Won’t rent a car again. Loved the ease and choices of cars.
Philip M. - October 7, 2019
Matthew
Mazda MAZDA2 2012
This worked out great! Had a little hiccup picking up the car, but nothing to hold against Sonia as this was new to both of us. Ended up being a very smooth ride for us to take a day trip from Austin, and you simply cannot compare it to the price of a rental! I’d book again for sure.
Matthew R. - January 17, 2020
Sarah
Volkswagen Jetta 2018
Yasser was unbelievably helpful and made our car rental experience seamless. 100% will rent from him again!!
Sarah R. - October 19, 2019
Barak
Hyundai Genesis 2013
Very easy car rental. Pickup and return went smooth. Great car. Thanks ray!
Barak S. - November 25, 2018
Joe Thomas
Honda Accord 2010
All in all the whole experience was amazing. From booking the trip to communicating with Pradeep. He leaves the key in a lockbox with a custom code that is reset after every trip. I thought this was a retry neat feature. The entire car was clean throughout. During the middle of my trip a transmission light turned on and it did worried me a bit. After a quick message Pradeep was able to troubleshoot the problem and it solved itself. Overall I would recommend any friends looking to rent a car to go and check out this site. Thanks again.
Joe Thomas O. - January 17, 2020
Deborah
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2018
This is truly an awesome way to rent a car! We will definitely be doing this again. Easy pick up easy return and very nice car!
Deborah W. - November 23, 2019
Jo Ann M
Honda Accord 2010
I will never rent a car through a big company again. I’ve shared this app w many already. Friendly owner who responded almost immediately. Great experience.
Jo Ann M S. - December 28, 2019
Luis
Toyota Prius 2010
Anita offers great customer service and care the car was amazing clean runs smooth it was a perfect choice to rent a car from Anita
Luis V. - December 17, 2019
Amrou
Lexus ES 350 2013
This is the second rental from May and will definitely rent a car from May again!
Amrou A. - September 18, 2018
Rich
Toyota Camry 2017
I can’t say enough!! Best car rental experience I’ve ever had bar none!! The car was beautiful, like new, and great features. Ali was awesome. To notch service, courtesy, and s very nice guy!! I’m in Austin a couple times a year, I will always rent from Ali!!!
Rich S. - October 29, 2019
Dario
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018
The best car rental experience I’ve ever had. Very easy seamless process. Zuhair professional and knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s flexible and will work with you. I regret not renting from him previously. The car was clean, conveniently located downtown, and ready for me to drive away.
Dario S. - December 11, 2019
Avinash
Audi A4 2016
Great car - well maintained. Do not hesitate to rent. Arick is a good host too. Best in Austin!
Avinash K. - January 22, 2020
Salvador
Tesla Model 3 2020
The best rental experience I have ever had of any kind! To top it all off, the Tesla was brand new with 78 miles on the odometer. As a Daily tesla driver I was pleasantly surprised! :) I would recommend It and looking to rent again when I visit austin.
Salvador R. - February 3, 2020
Robert
Hyundai Elantra 2015
Fareed was extremely accommodating. My mother passed away during my trip to Austin, and Fareed was very flexible with reaccommodating our arrangement so I could return home ahead of schedule, and very sympathetic. His car was in excellent condition, and drove like a dream, while we did have it. When I return to Austin and the surrounding area for a visit I’ll be sure to try and rent from him again. Good people, good business.
Robert S. - January 27, 2020
Cameron
Nissan Sentra 2012
This car is perfect for the Austin area. The car gets great gas mileage and fits in with locals so you do not look like a tourist with a perfect new rental car with an out of state plate. I would 100% rent again with Alan.
Cameron C. - January 26, 2020
David
Tesla Model 3 2018
Hector was an excellent host during my recent stay with his Model 3. Hector took the time to show me all of the cool features of the car. He was there on time for pickup and for drop off. The car was fantastic - exactly as advertised. I would highly recommend Hector for anyone considering a Model 3 rental in Austin.
David C. - February 5, 2020
Rasik
Honda Accord Sedan 2019
I and my girlfriend were in town for the weekend and wanted to explore Austin. ATX’s Honda Accord was super convenient and exactly what we wanted. It’s a well maintained car and ATX did a good job making it more convenient for pickup and return. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a rental.
Rasik S. - February 2, 2020
SAMUEL
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2018
Always easy with Lux! I've rented their cars half a dozen times, at least. Get the unlimited mileage and take a trip. Beautiful car. I like their Alfie the best. ;-}
SAMUEL C. - February 9, 2020
Matt
BMW 5 Series 2012
Awesome car, fun to drive and comfortable. Kevin was a great guy, easy to deal with and responded quickly. Our first car cancelled the day before our trip and Kevin was cool with our last minute rental.
Matt B. - February 12, 2020
Jeremy
Volvo 240 1985
Great car, great rental experience all around.
Jeremy C. - April 29, 2019
Devon
Toyota Prius 2010
Hands down best car rental experience I’ve had! Great communication, flexibility, and the ride was smooth. I will definitely use this car again! Thanks Ritesh!
Devon R. - November 10, 2018
Iris
Toyota Prius v 2012
Smooth car rental transaction. The car was clean, runs great and Ritesh is quick to communicate. Thanks for a breezy trip!
Iris R. - May 28, 2019
Anthony
Lexus ES 350 2008
Clean car. May responds very quickly first time using Turo while my car is in the shop. Much better than going to a car rental.
Anthony A. - September 13, 2019
Yao-Tian
Ford Fusion 2014
Trey was very flexible with our flight being delayed, and our slight offset in departure time. Trey's car was actually nicer to drive than the Cadillac we rented on our last vacation from a normal car rental. Picking up airport curbside and on our way in 5 minutes is lightyears better than the traditional car rental experience. 5 stars!
Yao-Tian W. - October 28, 2018
Dean
Toyota Prius 2010
Michael is very helpful and informative offering an excellent Prius car rental, and he did an extra favor to help me with my transportation after the Turo rental. Really, a nice person interested in electric cars.
Dean M. - November 1, 2019
Edward
Toyota Matrix 2008
Best renter on turo. If you're looking to rent a car, you have to go with May.
Edward H. - April 5, 2019
NHIEN
Ford Focus 2010
What a wonderful person and a wonderful family. He has the cutest little kid ever! If I ever need to rent a car again, this will be the only person I'll ever rent from.
NHIEN N. - December 15, 2019
Jaime
Ford Mustang 2016
Everything worked perfectly. Zuhair is the best host someone can imagine. He answered immediately to my messages and has been during the whole rental willing to help me. Furthermore he let me change the hour to bring the car back, so the flexibility was awesome. The car was perfectly cleaned and he did everything he said he was going to do (full tank, location, hours...). Really looking forward to rent a car with him again. Seriously, everything was perfect.
Jaime M. - November 30, 2019
Kelly
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2017
This is a great way to rent a car. Will definitely use Turo in the future
Kelly L. - May 22, 2019
Lorraine
Lexus HS 250h 2011
Great first experience with Turo. I will rent a car this way again.
Lorraine A. - July 25, 2019
Chris
Toyota Camry 2019
Zuhair was able to accommodate us when our other car rental plans fell through. Very professional and a great guy. Brand new Camry with great gas mileage. We plan on using Zuhair the next time we come to Austin as well! Thanks!
Chris W. - October 26, 2019
Kelli
Toyota Prius 2010
This was my first rental through Turo, I opted for it because the young driver fee is much more reasonable than the hundreds charged by traditional rental companies. The process was simple and I appreciated the independent checkin and checkout that meant I never had to wait on anything. The delivery process was convenient. Will definitely be an option I consider in the future because of this good experience! Driving this Prius was also great because even after driving around Austin for 3 days, it cost me $6 to top off the tank.
Kelli Y. - January 18, 2020
Ladinia
Ford Mustang 2016
This was my first turo experience and it was very easy. I had a ton of flight delays, so I had to cancel the first car I booked since my flight came in after 9pm and they didn’t deliver cars past that time. Last minute, Came Zt and his crew who were very quick and reliable when it came to communicating. They work around the clock and we’re able to help me get a car. This was my first time in Austin and being frustrated all day due to flight delays made me scared to arrive at night in a city I’ve never visited. However, Zt and his team made the car was very easy to pick up and return. I highly recommend and if you love a nice sound system, this is the car for you!
Ladinia O. - January 21, 2020
Lippy
Maserati Ghibli 2016
Max's Maserati is such a cool car. It is the very essence of power, luxury and beauty, and Max is the perfect host. He is very enthusiastic to share the joy of driving this special car and everything went exactly as is should have. With Max, you know the details are taken care of, but the focus is on the fun. Max was there to greet me at the exact time of pick up and the car was gassed up and ready to go. Returning the car was just as easy. The hassle free nature of Turo, the friendly enthusiasm of Max and the thrill of renting a car I can only dream of owning, helped to make my trip very special. If you get the opportunity to rent Max's Maserati, you should take it. You will not be disappointed.
Lippy M. - January 21, 2020
Lesley
Mercedes-benz C-Class 2019
Z is the best!! I have used him twice and he is a dream to work with. Love the DT pick up and the cars are so clean and nice. I will only rent from Z!
Lesley G. - January 25, 2020
Livia
Kia Optima 2013
Jen's Kia was perfect for my road trip between Austin and San Antonio! Pickup and drop off was incredibly easy, and Jen was easy to communicate with and quick to respond when I had a question. I'd definitely rent from Jen again!
Livia S. - January 20, 2020
Francis
Porsche 911 2015
Such a wonderful experience, start to finish. Bryan was a pleasure to work with. He was extremely prompt, great communicator, very understanding and worked with my schedule. He was very professional and accommodating. The car itself was a joy to drive, Bryan took the time to go over the ins and outs of the vehicle and addressed all my questions and concerns. I will certainly look to rent the vehicle on my next visit to Austin. Thanks Bryan.
Francis C. - January 26, 2020
Kira
Toyota Prius 2010
Clean, reliable car. Probably the nicest Prius I've ever been in. Ritesh was very clear about instructions for pick-up and drop-off. Would definitely rent again the next time I'm in Austin!
Kira C. - January 31, 2020
Ron
Chevrolet Corvette 2019
Cody made this process very easy and flexible with timing. Would definitely recommend renting Cody’s Corvette. Very clean and as advertised. I would use this car next time I am in Austin.
Ron P. - February 4, 2020
Molly
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018
Such a beautiful car, and seamless rental process. It’s nice that the drop off is at a gas station. Such a convenient location. I’ve really enjoyed renting from ZT. He has a great selection of cars and is great to work with.
Molly M. - February 11, 2020
Ilya
Lexus CT 200h 2012
I loved the renting out experience from Ritesh. He made the whole process very simply and effortless. His car was very fuel efficient and in exceptional condition. I really appreciate Ritesh’s responsiveness and professionalism from start to finish. I highly recommend him to everyone in the Austin, TX area.
Ilya P. - February 3, 2020
Wayne
Toyota Camry 2009
First time using Turo. Roberto was an accommodating host. It all worked out very well for my trip to Austin. It was fun using the car to explore the city.
Wayne P. - February 4, 2020
Kimberly
Toyota Yaris 2013
This is the only car I rent in Austin- it’s always such a positive experience. :)
Kimberly I. - February 4, 2020
Terry
Toyota Prius 2010
Phenomenal service! Our original rental Prius got into an accident, so Ritesh and Turo worked with me to get another of Ritesh's Prius' for no charge. The car was clean and well kept, even for the amount of mileage on the odometer. Ritesh was super helpful and in contact throughout the whole trip. Even when we had questions, he was always there to help us.
Terry V. - February 4, 2020
Vinay
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018
This is my second rental with ZT, I absolutely love their cars and service. Thanks!
Vinay C. - February 4, 2020
Daniel
Dodge Challenger 2017
Renting from Jeremy was a pleasure. Don’t think we could have rented a better car for our weekend in Austin! Jeremy is a great guy. Next time I’m here, I’ll be renting from him again.
Daniel L. - February 9, 2020
David
Tesla Model 3 2018
Shashank is great with his communication and easy to work with. His Model 3 was nice and clean and an awesome ride. I will definitely rent his car again if I get back to Austin.
David W. - February 9, 2020
Elisa
Nissan Sentra 2013
We needed a car to get us from Austin to Waco then San Antonio and back to Austin. This car was great. Great fuel economy and clean, comfortable car. We loved it! Convenient for us to have car delivered to airport and easy return. Special thanks to Alex and his friend for making sure we got the car and thanks for the shuttle to and from the car park area. We will definitely rent from May in the future.
Elisa B. - February 11, 2020
Donald
Mercury Milan 2011
Absolutely zero complaints. Impeccable service. If all people on Turo are like Michael then I will never use another car rental agency again. Thank you for everything Michael.
Donald B. - November 8, 2018
Connell
Toyota Prius 2010
Emily’s car rental was quick and convenient. She walked me through every step and drop off took me about 2 minutes. Would recommend
Connell S. - December 11, 2018
Matthew
Lexus CT 200h 2012
Very pleased. Ritesh was very professional and friendly. Never done this before. I will definitely start doing this instead of car rental agencies.
Matthew L. - June 7, 2019
Corinna
Toyota Corolla 2013
Loved my entire trip using May's car rental service. Very easy & no hassle at all. Communication was great. My family & I enjoyed our time with our rental. Will defenetly rent again through her.
Corinna M. - April 14, 2019
Robert
Chevrolet Corvette 2019
Zuhair is an awesome host! His car is terrific and we couldn’t have asked for a cooler car rental on our wedding day! Thank you so much for everything!
Robert S. - October 22, 2019
Edward
Toyota Matrix 2008
As always one of the best providers on turo, if not the absolute best provider. If you're looking to rent a car I would recommend May 100%
Edward H. - May 24, 2019
Erika
Ford Focus 2014
Mario was awesome to rent a car with and the car was great! Would definitely rent again.
Erika S. - March 9, 2019
Robyn
Chrysler 200 2012
We really enjoyed out quick trip to Austin and driving this luxury car. Great communication. Thank you!
Robyn S. - May 26, 2019
Dario
Mercedes-benz C-Class 2019
The way car renting should be. The best. Easy going, excellent service, clean car. Definitely the best line up of cars in Austin from Zuhair
Dario S. - December 13, 2019
Michael
Lexus CT 200h 2015
Everything about this rental was amazing! Steven was great and the car was a thrill to drive! I couldn’t recommend the vehicle and the experience with the owner any more.
Michael Y. - January 17, 2020
Alan
Subaru Impreza 2017
James’s car was perfect for my work trip. Would definitely rent from him again.
Alan J. - January 17, 2020
Taquayla
Honda Civic 2008
Great car and owner! Would definitely recommend if looking for a gas efficient rental.
Taquayla W. - January 18, 2020
Scott
Ford Focus 2007
This was my 2nd time renting from Stephen. Great communication, arrived on time. Last trip I made a suggestion for improvement which I noticed he had incorporated. Best price you’ll find on Turo. You’ll be glad you booked from him!
Scott D. - January 17, 2020
Deanna
Toyota Yaris 2008
Emily's yaris was the perfect car I needed to get to an event I was hosting. She was super flexible when I needed to extend my trip a couple of hours for a last minute work request. Excellent location, clean, cute car with great gas efficiency. Will definitely rent from Emily again. Thank you so much!
Deanna O. - January 17, 2020
Tatjana
Toyota Prius c 2015
Amazing car! Great experience and communication with Cody! I would definitely recommend this car for Austin!
Tatjana S. - January 18, 2020
Michael
Toyota Camry 2010
This was my first rental using Turo, though both of my sons use Turo for their personal travel. The overall experience was excellent. The host, May, was excellent. Communication was great, the car was in excellent condition, and the host was very flexible regarding extensions for use. I would definitely use the service again and would definitely recommend May as a host.
Michael S. - January 18, 2020
Gary
Dodge Challenger 2016
Matthew's Challenger was the perfect car for our trip to Austin. Great power, great sound and a lot of fun to drive! His flexibility with pick up and drop off along with his quick responses was also top notch. I would absolutely rent this car again when back in Austin. Thanks for a memorable vacation Matt!
Gary G. - January 5, 2020
Sarah
Toyota Prius c 2015
Cody was very attentive, responsive, professional and operated seamlessly and efficiently!! I had to modify my trip and Cody was on it in a flash and I'm truly so grateful!! The hybrid car was clean and great to maneuver, actually fun to drive and so little cost to fill gas back up. I'd absolutely rent the same Prius with Cody when I visit ATX again. Thank you for a great experience!!
Sarah T. - January 14, 2020
Stoyan
Toyota Supra 2020
Lucas is a super cool dude and an amazing host. Him and his wife were very accommodating dropping off and picking up the car at the airport. They offered many suggestions on how to maximize our time in Austin. The car was amazing, super clean, and with no issues whatsoever. Highly recommended!
Stoyan H. - January 21, 2020

Best Austin driving roads

Lime Creek Road

For satisfying curves and stunning lake views at once, take your Austin car rental toward Travis Lake and pick up Lime Creek Road outside of Cedar Hill.

Highway 183

Get some impressive lakeviews and a few thrilling twisties in your Austin car rental by taking Highway 183 north from the city and catching Ranch Road 1431 to Marble Falls.

Ranch Road 1323

Head west in your Austin car rental on Highway 290 and 281 to pick up this undulating ranch road that winds through wild, sparsely populated hill country.