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Best vehicles for ride sharing
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Green highlights the best
Blue highlights are good
Subcompacts may be attractive for their low price and fuel efficiency, but beware that New York does not allow them, and any city could create the same rule at any time.
Uber requires that all their cars be four doors. They do not refuse subcompacts nationally. However, 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.
UberX: The least expensive Uber service. Seats 4 riders. Drivers use everyday cars (4 doors) that are 2001 or newer, except for New York, where newer cars are required.
UberXL: Seats at least 6 passengers. An UberXL car will be an SUV or a Minivan. Higher fare price 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.
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.
Car requirements can vary by city
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
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.
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.