European rental cars, typically style-free matchboxes-on-wheels, have taken a turn for the better. The recently launched Hertz Prestige Collection features the BMW 5 and 7 Series, the Mercedes CLK convertibles, and even Volvos for the practical family-minded traveler. The service is available at airports and other rental offices in London, Germany, and France, including—we're particularly happy to report—Nice. Which means that with better choices than a substandard four-speed Renault, those winding roads on the Riviera will be much more fun to drive. 800-654-3001; www.hertz.com.