The only way you'll know which option is cheaper is by pricing both options using your preferred travel site - Kayak [kayak.com]is a good place to start your search. Based on what I've seen in the past, a Minivan or a Large SUV is usually more than twice as expensive as a Compact or Economy car.
That being said, there are a number of additional expenses you'll incur if you go with two smaller cars, which may end up burning a bigger hole in your pocket. Based on your requirements and itinerary, you might have to shell out 2x for car insurance, gas, parking, tolls, etc.
Do the math and you'll know what works best for you.
The Florida page on rentalcodes.com[rentalcodes.com] has a search box which sometimes kicks out some pretty good rates.
Minivans are usually around double the price of the smallest car, but take into consideration the extra fuel cost (and tolls if you end up on toll roads) and you might just be better off sticking with a minivan.
I've done well in the Florida area using ebookers.com which is out of the UK and prices will come up in GB pounds. Use xe.com to convert the pounds price to dollars.
If a rental seems expensive, check to see what it includes. Some include insurance or a tank of gas or both. I have used the site probably 6 times and only once I was given a hard time because I was not from the UK. I replied that it was unfair that foreigners could get a better deal in our country than we could and that was the end of it.
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