That was all good advice. Just want to add that it is also dependent on where you live. If you live in Canada, for example, MURS is not allowed because of all the legacy business frequencies. Your choices for licence-free are GMRS and Motorola DLR/DTR.
I have tested DTR and DLR radios against the best business, MURS and GMRS radios for range in real world conditions. While VHF may provide slightly better range in rural areas, much of that is outdated information. Range is more related to power, quality of the radio and quality of the antenna. A good GMRS radio will have about the same range as a good quality MURS radio, and a DLR or DTR will beat almost everything for range, rural or urban.
The big difference between a MURS or GMRS radio and the DLR radio is not just the higher price but the much greater quality of the signal. Your transmission is always 100% or 0; there is no in-between scratchy sound that is hard to understand. This is where a GMRS might have slightly better range in fringe areas than a DLR radio, but you are so far into the outer edges of reception that it will be almost impossible to understand. A DLR radio, being digital, won’t transmit at all at these outer edges.
This is why there is no easy answer to your question. Millions of users are more than satisfied with good-quality GMRS radios. Some users want a better quality radio (and are willing to pay a higher cost) and choose MURS. A few users want the best quality sound, the longest range and the most privacy that one can possibly achieve with a licence-free radio, and they are willing to pay for the much higher priced Motorola DTR or DLR radios.