Ten Cars You Should Seriously Consider For Your Uber Business Gig

With the surge of popularity of the ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber, it seems that we are on the verge of creating whole new vehicle segments focused solely on satisfying the needs ridesharing users have. Obviously, Lyft and Uber aren’t the only ones in the ridesharing world, but they are the most popular.

With that said, both the drivers and the passengers do expect certain qualities of their rides. After my research, I have picked up ten best cars for Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services.

What Are The Needs Of Drivers and Passenger in the Ridesharing World?

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Before choosing the cars, I have tried to asses the needs drivers and passengers have with the ridesharing cars, and this is what I have come up with.

Drivers that offer ridesharing services value most:

  • a fuel efficient vehicle
  • a reasonably priced car that can be paid off with the ridesharing work
  • a comfortable vehicle with modern connectivity amenities
  • an easy to clean interior (preferably leather seats and rubber floor mats)
  • front and rear central armrest
  • a dependable vehicle with reasonably cheap maintenance (basically a newer car)

Ridesharing service customers value most:

  • enough room in the cabin
  • a phone charger
  • clean cabin
  • nice smelling interior
  • a sense of safety and comfort
  • big trunk (sometimes)
  • a vehicle with large back doors for easy ingress and egress
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The final question, however, is - can you get the best car for Uber or Lyft that ticks all the boxes for the money you can realistically earn offering ridesharing service via Uber, Lyft, or some other similar service?

While it is easy to get a slightly used car for the ridesharing service (which I wholeheartedly support), I will list here ten new best cars for rideshare. With more than 830,000 Uber drivers on U.S. roads, the carsharing service has never been as massive as it is now. If you are one of them, look closely at some of these propositions.

Chevrolet Malibu

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As one of the best cars for Uber drivers, the Chevrolet Malibu combines large dimensions, a whole lot of room in the cabin, and contemporary equipment on board.

In its purest form, the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu is available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that will return up to 29 mpg in the city and up to 36 mpg on the highway with a maximum highway range of 560 miles. Maximum cargo volume is at 15.7 feet. The Malibu sells for $22,090.

The Malibu is available as a hybrid, but aside from better fuel efficiency, the hybrid considerably cut the cargo space and adds more than $6000 to the sticker price.

Engine 1.5-liter, turbocharged
Horsepower 160 horsepower
Torque 184 pound-feet of torque
MPG (city/highway) 29/36
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 8.5 seconds
Top Speed TBD

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu.

Ford Fusion

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Although Ford announced the demise of all its cars from the U.S. lineup (except for the Mustang), the company is still very much active in basically all segments.

As a mid-size sedan, the Ford Fusion seems to compile many of the virtues that make it enter the arena of the best cars for Lyft.

Available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine massaged to deliver 181 horsepower, the Fusion seems to be an even better proposition for your next ridesharing car than the Chevy Malibu. You can have it for $22,840 new, but it would seem that a bit of research on the used car market could give you more value for less. Technology such as the SmartGauge with EcoDrive and powerful Regenerative Braking and Brake Coach gives you an edge in lowering the fuel consumption. The hybrid is available as well.

If you think that the small 1.5-liter, turbocharged engine isn’t sufficient enough, read this Motortrend assessment: "Keep the revs between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm, and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of power for passing, merging, and climbing up steep grades."

Engine 1.5-liter, turbocharged
Horsepower 181 horsepower
Torque 185 pound-feet of torque
MPG (city/highway) 23/34
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 9.1
Top Speed 130 mph (estimated)

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Fusion

Chevrolet Equinox

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Mid-size SUVs may well be the best vehicles for the ridesharing services.

In this case, I picked a Chevrolet Equinox whose hatchback layout, high riding position, buffed up suspension over the sedans, and comfortable interior gives Uber and Lyft drivers unique benefits.

See, passengers do prefer SUVs as they provide enough room in the cabin, in the trunk, large doors, ease of ingress and egress, and usually lower NVH values compared to smaller cars. With a starting price of 23,900, the Equinox is one of the least expensive midsize SUVs. Whether you like it or not, SUVs like the Equinox offer the most comprehensive set of characteristics that seem to perfectly suit all that the driver and passenger may need. Plus, you, as a driver, can get access to a premium Uber SUV service.

Engine 1.5-liter, turbocharged
Horsepower 170 horsepower
Torque 203 pound-feet of torque
MPG (city/highway) 26/32
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 9.2 seconds
Top Speed 115 mph (est)

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Nissan Rogue

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Nissan’s entry in the mid-size SUV segment comes with the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that develops 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. With known reliability, the Rogue will also return up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Interestingly enough, it is available with the advanced ProPilot system that can accelerate, brake, and steer the car in certain conditions releasing the load on the driver.

It is definitely a welcomed feature for any driver. I would wager that this makes the Rogue one of the best cars for Lyft. Nissan sold a bunch of these mid-size SUV’s, so finding a used one with higher grade equipment may be an even more alluring possibility. After all, at almost $25,000, the Rogue is not among the most affordable vehicles on the list.

Engine 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated
Horsepower 170 horsepower
Torque 175 pound-feet of torque
MPG (city/highway) 26/33
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 9 seconds
Top Speed 118 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Nissan Rogue

Toyota Prius

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The Toyota Prius is a holy grail among Uber and Lyft drivers. Heck, even calling it a "best car for Lyft" sounds reasonable.

In its latest generation, the Toyota Prius may look like a turd, but the fact is that it's comfortable, friendly, full of modern technology, and safe.

Plus, I think it is somehow synonymous with the ridesharing culture. With its incredible fuel efficiency (it returns more than 50 mpg), well-known Toyota reliability, and comfort inside, the Prius seems to be a perfect ridesharing car. The latest generation will set you back at least $23,770. However, you can even go for the smaller Prius C that starts at a reasonable $21,350. Plus, it is UberX approved.

Engine 1.8-Liter and 71 hp electric motor
Horsepower 121 horsepower combined
Torque 105 pound-feet of torque
MPG (city/highway) 58/53
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 10.5 seconds
Top Speed 112 mph (est)

Read our full review on the 2019 Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq

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At $25,350, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in Hybrid is one of the least expensive PHEVs on the market. A pure hybrid version is even cheaper, but considering that the Ioniq plug-in hybrid has up to 39 miles of range solely on electric power, I think that it may be an awesome ridesharing car that will give you an edge in your pursuit for profitability.

Compared to Toyota Prius, the Ioniq PHEV offers 630 miles of range and 39 miles of all-electric range.

Rated at 139 horsepower, its hybrid system is more powerful than the one in the Prius, plus, I think that this one looks better. So, if you plan your routes a bit more carefully and make use of the electric drive capability, the Ioniq PHEV could be a perfect ridesharing solution. Heck, go for the used one. Back on Autotrader, I found Ioniq hybrid with reasonable mileage of 35,000 miles for as low as $13,500.

Engine 1.6-liter and 60 hp electric motor
Horsepower 139 horsepower combined
Torque 125 pound-feet of torque
MPG (city/highway) 57/59
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 9+ seconds (est)
Top Speed 110 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq.

Toyota RAV4

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The newest RAV4 may be the most convenient compact SUV ever produced.

It is overwhelmed with safety features, it is bigger than ever, and it does have a fantastic hybrid propulsion system for a maximum power output of 219 horsepower.

It can even return up to 41 mpg. However, at $27,700 it is definitely among the most expensive entries on the list. Chief advantages over the other cars on the list include its SUV stature, modern equipment, a lot of space in the cabin, exceptional fuel efficiency, bulletproof reliability, and a design that, finally, exerts some power. I’d go as far as to say that the Toyota RAV4 is the best cars for a taxi, and probably just right for any ridesharing service. It is big enough for a dog, for groceries, and it is efficient enough for the driver to make the profit. Plus, it’s all new and modern. And it does have a smart AWD system.

Engine 2.5-liter and Multi-electric motor assist
Horsepower 219 horsepower
Torque 163(ICE)+149(electric front)+89(electric back) pound-feet
MPG (city/highway) 41/38
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) AWD
0-60 mph 7.8 seconds
Top Speed TBD

Read our full review on the 2019 Toyota RAV4

Dodge Grand Caravan

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The Dodge Grand Caravan is the only vehicle on this list that comes with a six-cylinder engine. It develops 286 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg. So, why the heck would you need it for the Uber business?

In short, it fits the UberXL service that provides cheap transportation for six.

With an entry-level price of $26,790, it feels that the Grand Caravan is a good people carrier. Sure, you could go for the new one, but I did find an exceptional 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan with 35,000 miles on the odometer for 13 grand. Do your research. You could find a fantastic deal and get the best Uber car. Plus, you can get that Stow ’n Go folding seat system in the back.

Engine 3.6-liter, V-6
Horsepower 283 horsepower
Torque 260 pound-feet of torque
MPG 17/26 mpg
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 7.9 seconds (est)
Top Speed 113 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

Hyundai Elantra

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The Hyundai Elantra is a no-fuss compact sedan.

With a starting price of $17,100, it is the cheapest vehicle on the list, but still, it does offer some appealing virtues any Uber driver can appreciate.

First of all, it will return up to 36 mpg with its 147 horsepower, 2.0-liter, gasoline engine. More important than that is the fact that, with only a $2,300 premium, Hyundai adds a nice 7-inch display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and advanced safety gear. Even as such, the Elantra remains a sub-$20k sedan.

Engine 2.0-liter
Horsepower 147 horsepower
Torque 132 pound-feet of torque
MPG (city/highway) 26/36
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 9 seconds
Top Speed 120+ mph (est)

Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Elantra

Honda Civic Hatchback

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With its hatchback style, the Honda Civic offers exceptional practicality for a compact car.

However, with a price of $21,450 it is rather pricy - especially compared to Korean competition. Nevertheless, the 2019 Honda Civic hatchback power comes from a modern 1.5-liter, 174 horsepower engine that can return up to 40 mpg on the highway (with a CVT). In the back, with the rear seats folded down, you can enjoy as much as 46.2 cubic feet of space. As an Uber driver, I am sure that is something you’d need more often than not.

Engine 1.5-liter, turbocharged
Horsepower 174 horsepower
Torque 162 pound-feet of torque
MPG 31/40
Drive (AWD, FWD, RWD) FWD
0-60 mph 6.5 seconds
Top Speed 125 mph

Read our full review on the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

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