The Most Popular Cars for Uber Drivers (and Their Passengers)

Uber might be dealing with some serious corporate turmoil, but the company is still rapidly expanding into new markets. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since its official launch in 2011, the ride-sharing company has turned the transportation world on its ear and revolutionized how people travel in cities around the world. And as it expands, more and more people want to work for the company.

Uber lets people set their own hours and schedules, and it even lets them drive their own cars, provided they’re up to snuff. The qualifications for an Uber car vary from market to market. In cities, such as Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, and Milwaukee, cars need to be 2001 models or newer. Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., need 2005 models or newer, while New York City cars need to be 2011 models or newer. Every car, truck, or van must have four doors, and they also must pass a thorough inspection.

Say you’re in the market for a new car and want to earn a little extra cash driving. Using a number of lists and testimonials from current and former Uber drivers, we’ve come up with the 10 most popular cars used by the ride-sharing juggernaut. 

10. Cadillac CT6

2017 Cadillac CT6

2017 Cadillac CT6 | James Derek Sapienza/The Cheat Sheet

Selecting UberSelect and UberBLACK gets you access Uber’s premium cars. You pay a bit more, but instead of any number of compacts, sedans, and crossovers, you can expect to be picked up in something more elegant, such as a BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or Cadillac.

Introduced in 2016, the Cadillac CT6 is a luxury sedan that competes with the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series, while costing thousands less (from $53,000). Because of this, it’s becoming increasingly popular with high-end Uber drivers.

Next: A sharp sedan that gives drivers and passengers peace of mind

9. Hyundai Sonata

2017 Hyundai Sonata

2017 Hyundai Sonata | Hyundai

In many ways, the Hyundai Sonata is the perfect Uber car. It’s affordable (starting at just over $21,000), has a great warranty, and is roomy and comfortable for passengers and drivers, giving both peace of mind. Drivers love that this midsize sedan is available with a hybrid powertrain. Passengers will love the roomy — and heated on premium models — rear seat.

Next: America’s most popular crossover is also pulling Uber duty. 

8. Nissan Rogue

View of green 2017 Rogue driving on snow

2017 Nissan Rogue | Nissan

The Nissan Rogue is one of the best-selling cars in America, so of course it isn’t a surprise it’s popular with Uber drivers, too. The handsome crossover is comfortable, affordable (starting at $24,000), and has plenty of room for both passengers and their luggage. And returning up to 32 miles per gallon, it won’t eat into drivers’ profits at the pump.

Next: This sexy sedan is a ride-sharing gem. 

7. Mazda6

2017 Mazda6

2017 Mazda6 | Mazda

As one Uber driver says: “If you drive a nice-looking car like a Mazda6, then half your job is done.” Not only is Mazda’s midsize sedan one of the best handling cars in its segment, it’s also one of the best looking on the outside and comfortable on the inside. Starting at $21,000, this car offers a lot more than you might expect from the price tag and might have customers checking to see whether they called an UberSelect.

Next: A sporty, comfortable, and cheap favorite

6. Ford Fusion

2017 Ford Fusion Energi

2017 Ford Fusion Energi | Ford

Like the Mazda6, Uber drivers praise the Ford Fusion for its good looks, comfortable ride, and available hybrid powertrain. In base trim (from $22,000), the Fusion returns an average 26 miles per gallon from its EcoBoost four cylinder. In range-topping Hybrid Platinum trim (from $37,000), its leather seats and amenities will keep customers happy, while its average 42 miles per gallon will keep fuel costs low.

Next: When you think of black cabs in big cities, you’re probably thinking about this. 

5. Chevrolet Suburban

2016 Chevrolet Suburban

2016 Chevrolet Suburban | Chevrolet

In cities, such as New York and Los Angeles, UberXL and Uber Black are incredibly popular with the business set. And more often than not, the full-size SUV of choice for most drivers is the Chevy Suburban. Although you’ll see a few of its platform-mates, such as the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon, the Chevy is popular thanks to its relatively affordable price ($49,000 and up), sober good looks, and comfortable interior. Just remember to buy it in black.

Next: This car is like the Suburban, just cheaper and more fuel efficient. 

4. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid | Toyota

After proving its mettle as a taxi in big cities across the U.S., the Highlander has become one of the most popular big cars for Uber drivers. Toyota’s three-row SUV is a great bargain (starting at $30,000), offers seating for six passengers, and has plenty of luggage room out back. With the optional hybrid powertrain ($36,000 and up), the big truck can return fuel economy in the low 30 mile per gallon range.

Next: America’s favorite midsize sedan has fans at Uber, too. 

3. Toyota Camry

2017 Camry Hyrbid

2017 Camry Hyrbid | Camry

Despite a shrinking segment, the Camry is still the best-selling midsize sedan in America. And as a result, it’s a popular choice for Uber drivers. Simply put, few cars on the road can offer the value (from $23,000) and reliability the Camry does. A spacious interior, comfortable ride, and great fuel economy (up to 42 miles per gallon with the hybrid model) makes this Toyota almost tailor-made for ride sharing.

Next: This car looks cool doing anything, even if it’s just picking people up from the bar at closing time. 

2. Honda Civic

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback | Honda

After a few years in the wilderness, Honda’s latest Civic is back to doing what is does best: combining reliability, practicality, and a healthy dose of sportiness. It’s also incredibly popular with Uber drivers. Starting at just $18,000, Honda’s popular compact offers seating for five and averages 32 miles per gallon in lowest trim. Tick a few option boxes, and the car is available with Honda’s safety suite, which includes blind-spot monitoring and collision-mitigation braking.

Next: The undisputed king of Uber cars

1. Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius Plus Four

2016 Toyota Prius Plus Four | James Derek Sapienza/The Cheat Sheet

Uber drivers want value, reliability, and great fuel economy from their cars. Passengers want something new and safe. So what ticks all those boxes? The Toyota Prius, of course. Although there’s no official count on specific models driving for Uber right now, the consensus among drivers in most cities is the Prius is by far the most common car in the ride-sharing service. With plenty of room for passengers and luggage, an affordable price (from $24,000), and an incredible 54 mile per gallon city rating, the Prius is a no-brainer for drivers looking to get a job driving for Uber.

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