Best cars for UberX drivers
Best cars for Uber drivers 2017
When deciding to drive with UberX, there are a number of cars on the market that drivers can choose that will be suitable for the program. Because Uber X is the economy choice for passengers, it’s best to choose a car that will be economical, reliable, and one that will meet (obviously) the requirements for Uber X.
There are a variety of options in both new and used cars – the choice will depend on what you’re willing to spend and what you can afford. The difference between new and used in the UberX class of cars can range from $10,000 to $15,000, so it’s important to factor in the cost of potential repairs (versus having a warranty, insurance costs, and the reputation of the car for reliability, as it ages).
Keep in mind that – to drive for UberX – you must choose a car that will seat four or more passengers (not including the driver), must meet certain model year requirements (2006 or newer in some cities), and the vehicle itself must be clean and presentable. Many articles on the subject of ‘Best UberX cars’ often feature the Ford Fusion, Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, and Hyundai Sonata. Below, we’ve chosen some other, less-common options, that might be equal or better to today’s popular choices for ride-booking drivers.
The Nissan Altima is a mid-size sedan and top-selling vehicle in the Nissan family. It competes against the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry for price, comfort, reliability, and overall appearance. The Nissan Altima will give your passengers the feeling of being driven in a high-end vehicle (for a reasonably cheap price), and those looking to offer a hybrid version can choose the Altima as well. The hybrid was manufactured between 2007 and 2011 (and, interestingly, has even been used as a NYC police department vehicle).
Used = $7,000 – $13,000 depending on the year
New = $25,000+
The Chevrolet Equinox is a mid-size crossover SUV that was manufactured from 2004 until 2016. The Equinox offers a stylish and roomy option for Uber X drivers, and when the second generation came out in 2010 it offered improved gas mileage and a V6 engine option. The Chevrolet Equinox has become Chevrolet’s third most popular purchase in North America by drivers. This vehicle with both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive options makes it a great choice for cooler climates where snow may be a yearly issue on the roads.
Used = $8,000 – $20,000 depending on the year
New = $20,000 – $40,000
Uber X drivers wishing to provide business styling when they pull up to pick up their passengers should consider the Audi A6. This mid-size luxury car, built by Audi AG was released in 2004 and manufactured until 2012, with both manual and automatic options. With its fuel efficiency Uber X drivers will be happy, and with a roomy, almost luxurious interior, the Audi A6 is a pleasure for passengers as well.
Used = $8,000 – $50,000 (depending on year)
New = $60,000+
Volkswagen Passat Wagon
The Volkswagen Passat Wagon offers Uber X drivers and their passengers a more roomy experience, being a cross between the Jetta and Phaeton. Classed as a large family car, this vehicle will allow drivers to carry more passengers and more cargo than many other Uber X drivers can handle. Volkswagen is known for its safety ratings and fuel efficiency, and this vehicle comes in a wide range of prices depending on the model year.
Used = $7,000 – $10,000
Ultimately the choice should also involve choosing a car that you’ll be comfortable sitting in for many hours a day, and one that your passengers will feel comfortable and safe in as well. With Uber X you’ll probably find that you need to provide space for groceries, shopping bags, and more of the everyday than if you were driving for a premium service that is geared toward those looking for premium service.
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