Uber is a great way to make some extra cash driving people who need to get to their destination without taking mass transit. It can either be a full time job or one that you do during off hours, such as nights and weekends. Basically, you can decide on your schedule.
You can also decide on your car. However, Uber does have some specific guideleines for the type, condition, and even color of the car for the level of service you are providing. Uber’s line-up of services and car types includes:
- UberX is an affordable ride in a 4 door sedan that can take up to 4 passengers.
- UberXL is a well priced ride for up to 6 people and luggage. This requires an SUV or a van.
- UberSELECT is an everyday high-end ride that costs extra. The car for this service is a more of a mid to high-end luxury sedan that can handle up to 4 passengers.
- UberBLACK is the premiere service that features pristine, black, luxury sedans for a top of the line ride at a higher price point.
- UberSUV is also a BLACK premiere service with capacity that is for up to 6 adults.
As an Uber driver, you are responsible for purchasing or leasing, maintaining, registering, and insuring the vehicle. You also have to fill it with fuel. All of these things need to be taken into consideration when choosing the car to drive and the level of service you want to provide. Let’s explore some of the most popular Uber cars for each category of driving experience.
The Toyota Prius hybrid is a reliable and efficient car with plenty of enough room for 4 passengers. It is a great option for UberX. The engine is powered by alternating gas and electric power. It is rated at 50 mpg, highway and city combined, which makes it affordable to keep fueled.
The Prius has tons of room for passengers in the cabin and adequate space for 2 large suitcases, or 4 carry-on bags, in the hatchback cargo space. The car is small enough to park easily.
The Honda Odyssey epitomizes the family van, making it a good vehicle for the UberXL category. It has second and third rows of seats in the back and an easy sliding door to be able to reach the third row. This is a practical car for transporting a large group to the airport or just getting co-workers or friends who want to share a ride from the train station to the office.
The Odyssey has a powerful V6 engine that can handle moving several passengers and gear. The van is rated at 28 mpg efficiency, which is pretty good for a vehicle of this size.
The expansive interior is packed with features that will make long travel, say to the airport, comfortable for the passengers. There are cup holders, cubbies, and well appointed interior finish options.
The Volvo S60 is a stylish, mid-sized sedan that delivers comfort and a quiet ride for up to 4 passengers. The interior boasts of premium finishes and formed seating. For the driver, there are plenty of standard state-of-the-art safety features, like lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. This sedan is pretty perfect for the UberSELECT driver and passengers.
The S60 is available with multiple powertrain choices, including a performance model. It also is available in a plug-in hybrid version for optimal fuel economy. Unlike most sedans, this one is available in all-wheel drive for great performance in inclement weather so you won’t have to miss out on earning money.
Mercedes really delivers when it comes to luxury sedans. Both the E-Class and the S-Class series are premiere luxury sedans that fit the UberBLACK line of vehicles. While they are both stunning cars, the E-Class is clearly the more affordable option for the Uber driver at $35K less than the S-Class.
The interior of this car features door-to-door wood panels, LED ambiance lighting, and seating that is sculpted to the shape of the human body. Everything about this car speaks to a pleasurable, smooth, and upscale ride. And of course, it is available in the required deep black.
The Lincoln Navigator offers a similar BLACK experience for up to 6 adult passengers. This is a powerful SUV with a massive interior cabin that has all the technology and styling that you can expect from a high-end, luxury vehicle.
The first and second row seats are cockpit style. The second row has a console with cup holders, charging stations, and video capability. The car has been rated best-in-class for a quiet ride.
The cost of the Navigator is on the higher end of all the vehicles listed here. There are good lease options available that could work with your anticipated income from driving a super luxury service car.
The cars described here are some of the most popular choices for the 5 standard categories of service offered by Uber.
It should be noted that Uber also offers UberLUX premium service. It is an expensive proposition and the Uber car requirement reflects this aspect in the form of top of the line, luxurious car models that are less than 8 years old with no blemishes. UberEATS is a delivery service that falls into the UberX category for suitable cars.
When choosing the right car for Uber, refer to the guidelines and requirements that the company offers. Pick a car that reflects what income you anticipate earning from driving an Uber. Factor in all the expenses necessary to maintain and fuel the vehicle.