Best Vehicles for Uber, Lyft, and Car Sharing

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Best vehicles for ride sharing

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Green highlights the best

Blue highlights are good

Uber requires all their vehicles have four doors.

Subcompacts may be attractive for their low price and fuel efficiency, but beware that New York does not allow subcompact Uber and Lyft vehicles. Moreover, any city could create the same rule at any time. Another issue with subcompacts is that you could have one (or more) customers with wheel chair(s) and their family members, all with luggage. In a subcompact, each person may end up with their luggage on their lap.

Only automatic transmission cars are listed.

Part time drivers may prefer a less expensive vehicle. Full-time drivers may prefer more fuel efficiency.

Do not forget to compare the safety features. Scroll to the right on the spreadsheet to see the safety features.

Vehicle cannot be too oldespecially in New York, where newer cars are required.

Car requirements can vary by city


I highly recommend:

  • Blind spot detectors – life saving, especially for sudden lane changes.
  • Automatic breaking – life saving for those sudden freeway slowdowns and with pedestrians, children, drunks, and bikes out of nowhere crossing in front of your from your blind spots. Looking at the app and clicking it also takes your eyes off the road.
  • Backup camera – life saving, for seeing passengers, pedestrians, and children walking around your vehicle and other vehicles backing out of their parking spots, as well as vehicles driving toward you as you are pulling out of a parking spot, and helps enormously for parking in tight places.


Uber Vehicle Sizes and Seat Quantity

Uber Express Pool: Share the ride. Walk to the the pickup and destination. You can have one or two seats.

UberPool: Share the ride. You can have one or two seats.

UberX: The least expensive Uber service. Seats 4 riders. Drivers use everyday 4 door cars or 4 door trucks.

UberXL: Seats at least 6 passengers. Often minivans. Higher fare than UberX.

UberSelect: A luxury sedan that seats up to 4 riders. Expect a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc with a leather interior. Formerly known at UberPlus in some markets.

UberSUV: Seats at least 6 passengers. Must be crossover SUV or full-size SUV, with commercial insurance, a TCP, and SFO airport permit. Higher fare price than UberX. Make sure your location is still accepting these.

UberBLACK (Black Car): Uber’s ‘executive’ luxury service. Commercially registered and insured livery vehicles, typically a black SUV or luxury sedan. Highest fare price
UberBLACK and UberSUV vehicles MUST be black on black. Make sure your locations is still accepting these.

Lyft Vehicle Sizes

Lyft Line: Lowest cost for passenger. Share the ride. You can have one or two seats.

Lyft: Low cost service. A request for a Lyft will send to you a 4-seater car

Lyft Plus: A car that seats 6 or more passengers. Slightly more expensive than Lyft

Lyft Premier: Luxury car with leather seats.

Wheelchairs and Guide dogs


If you select a less fuel efficient vehicles, be mindful to accelerate slow and drive the speed limit in order to use less gas and keep more money in your pocket.

Although subcompact vehicles may be less expensive, they will often require that you move the front seats forward to make leg room for rear seating.

The New York TLC does not allow subcompact cars for Uber and Lyft.

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