What is the Best Car for Uber Drivers 2019?
If you rely on your car to earn a living in the modern gig economy, chances are you drive for Uber or a similar service. Boost your earnings in 2019 when you purchase a new car with the durability to stand up to your busy schedule and the features and amenities to keep you and your clients comfortable throughout the day and night, as well as the great gas mileage to save you money at the pump and keep more of your earnings in your pocket. Consider these Chevy and non-Chevy models that have consistently been ranked among the best cars for Uber 2019.
Vehicle Requirements for Uber Drivers
The cars on this list all meet Uber’s requirements for their drivers’ vehicles. To qualify as a driver, you must have a four-door car that seats at least four passengers. Other required vehicle features include:
- Five factory-installed seats and seatbelts (seven for an Uber XL)
- Working air conditioning
- Working windows
- Free of aftermarket modifications
The Top 8 Best Cars for Uber Drivers to Own
If you're thinking about driving for Uber or if you currently drive for them and want to make an upgrade, here are the ten best cars to get.
2019 Chevrolet Spark AZ
Affordability, outstanding gas mileage, and a generous list of standard features make the subcompact Chevrolet Spark an excellent choice for anyone, especially Uber drivers, who are looking for a great small car at an exceptional value.
If you work in the city, the small Spark offers nimble maneuverability that makes it easy to parallel park and navigate narrow streets. Drivers will get 30 city/38 highway miles per gallon with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and just one mpg less with the standard five-speed manual transmission.
A rearview camera is standard and you can upgrade for additional safety features such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors. This year, the Spark boasts revised front-end styling and offers the option of low-speed automatic emergency braking. Every 2019 Spark also has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, rare for a vehicle at this impressive price point.
2019 Chevrolet Cruze AZ
The Chevy Cruze is a compact car with style to spare. Like the Spark, it offers fuel economy that allows you to save at the pump even when you’re driving all day as your career.
The spacious seats and trunk ensure that your passengers will be comfortable (and give you a great rating as a result)! Generous standard features will keep you safe and entertained during those long hours behind the wheel.
A small, affordable compact car can also be fun to drive, and the Cruze delivers in that regard. The smooth, comfortable handling will make you feel like you’re piloting a much more expensive vehicle. When you’re deciding on the right powertrain for your Cruze, go for the turbodiesel engine with nine-speed automatic transmission to get an exceptional 31 city/48 highway miles per gallon. The turbo-four with six-speed transmission also gets a class-leading 30/38 city/highway mpg. The 2019 Cruze is available as either a sedan or a hatchback, both of which meet Uber’s four-door requirement for driving cars. Seating for up to five offers plenty of legroom and headroom even for your tallest rear-seat passengers. Your clients will be impressed by the refined, attractive cabin, with high-quality, soft-touch materials.
Every Cruze is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, so you can safely and easily navigate and communicate with your passengers. A Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and two USB ports are also standard across the 2019 Cruze lineup, allowing this vehicle to rank as one of the coolest Uber cars. As if the Cruze could offer more, this car also has outstanding predicted reliability ratings from J.D. Power and Associates and a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
2019 Toyota Camry
Although many drivers consider the Camry an also-ran compared to other midsize cars because of its plain styling and staid design, it is a popular car among Uber drivers for its combination of unmatched reliability, driving ease, and good gas mileage.
The 2019 version of the Toyota Camry introduces standard Apple CarPlay, which is not available on older models; Android users may want to stick with a Chevy since Android Auto is not currently offered on Toyota cars and SUVs.
The Camry offers roomy, supportive seats even in the back, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a six-speaker audio system. It gets points for its strong brakes and handling agility. With the standard powertrain, you’ll get an EPA-estimated 29 city/41 highway miles per gallon. This car has an above-average predicted reliability score from J.D. Power and Associates and a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
2019 Chevrolet Traverse AZ
If you’re shopping for the best car for Uber 2019 that can fit up to eight passengers comfortably, consider the three-row Chevy Traverse. This spacious vehicle offers a smooth ride and a top-notch infotainment system, two must-haves for those who drive for a living.
The 2019 model of this midsize SUV carries over from 2018 with no major changes. Although the Traverse is one of the largest vehicles in this class, it also has one of the lowest starting prices, which is ideal for SUV shoppers looking for a great value.
You can choose from either second-row captain’s chairs or a bench. The third row can comfortably accommodate tall adults, which is a rarity among midsize SUVs. Like most 2019 Chevy models, the Traverse comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto in every trim. It also has six USB ports so your passengers will be able to charge their devices on the go, no matter how large of a group they have.
Upgrade to satellite radio and a 10-speaker Bose audio system if you plan to rock out between pickups. While many SUVs of this size are gas guzzlers, the Traverse is an exception to the rule. You’ll get 20/26 city/highway miles per gallon if you opt for the turbo-four engine or 18/27 with the V6. This vehicle also has one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in its class as analyzed by J.D. Power and Associates, meaning your Traverse will more than be able to handle the daily wear and tear associated with driving an Uber. It has a five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA.
2019 Chevrolet Impala AZ
This classic large sedan has generous passenger space and then some, perfect for the Uber driver who wants to make a good impression. The 2019 Impala carries over from the 2018 version and boasts the same great infotainment features and smooth, satisfying ride, as well as a powerful available V6 engine.
Reviewers say that seats are supportive and comfortable, which is important when you’re spending the day in your vehicle. Every Impala comes standard with great features like a rearview camera and proximity key entry with push-button start.
You’ll also enjoy the highly-rated MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, three USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a rearview camera, and satellite radio. Despite these generous features, the Impala has a lower starting point than most other large cars in this class. Despite its status as a sizable cruiser, the Impala shares steering and suspension components with the Camaro. This makes it much more agile than you’d expect from a car of this status, with the ability to maneuver around tight turns and park in tight spaces (essential for an urban Uber driver). The Impala also gets high marks for its exceptional five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA.
2019 Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion is a good choice for Uber drivers as one of the few midsize sedans to offer available all-wheel drive. This vehicle has updated styling for 2019 as well as spacious, supportive seats that make it appropriate for passenger transport. However, some tall adults may be just a bit cramped in the back seat.
Though the Fusion is a good car overall, it lacks many of the generous standard features offered in comparable Chevys. For example, the base model offers only a four-speaker stereo, push-button start, and voice activation, but no smartphone connectivity or touchscreen system.
The Fusion has a five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA but has not been given a J.D. Power and Associates Predicted Reliability Score for 2019. Depending on which of the several engine options you select, you’ll get a maximum of 23/34 city/highway miles per gallon (which drops to 17/26 city/highway mpg with certain powertrains).
2019 Chevy Equinox AZ
This compact crossover SUV is a spacious, comfortable choice with seating for up to five passengers and above-average fuel economy. The 2019 Chevy Equinox adds just a few new features for the new model year, including adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and wireless charging, but largely carries over from 2018 when it received a full redesign.
Fans of the Equinox say its supportive seats are ideal for all-day driving. The spacious rear seat can accommodate tall passengers easily, which is not the case for every compact crossover.
Every trim comes equipped with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Chevy’s 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Equinox drivers enjoy above-average fuel economy, especially with the available turbodiesel engine (28 city/39 highway miles per gallon). The base engine gets an also impressive 26/32 city/highway mpg as rated by the EPA. Like most Chevy vehicles, the Equinox gets high marks for its smooth ride and composed handling. It boasts a five-star NHTSA crash test rating and an above-average predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates.
2019 Hyundai Sonata
This midsize car is a good choice for Uber drivers thanks to its roomy seating for up to five passengers and supportive seats, not to mention its relatively low starting price. It has an above-average predicted reliability score from J.D. Power and Associates and a five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA.
Although the Sonata is quite comfortable, however, it lags behind many of its class competitors when it comes to gas mileage. Your best bet is the Eco model, which gets 28/37 city/highway mpg (average for the midsize class).
After a small refresh for the 2018 model year, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata has few changes. It comes standard with a touchscreen infotainment system, a six-speaker sound system, and driver assistance technology.
Uber Vehicle Requirements
In case you're wondering which cars actually qualify by Uber to be used as a driver, here you are:
UberPLUS & UberSELECT
Uber car requirements vary by state and are updated on a frequent basis in order to avoid liability issues with older cars or specific models. In Phoenix, cars driving for Uber must have been manufactured in 2004 or later. Cars are also required to be the sedan version and must seat at least four people, not including the driver. All models listed here meet those requirements. Drivers are also required to provide appropriate paperwork and take the car to complete an Uber vehicle inspection.
Test Drive a New Chevy in Phoenix Today!
When you’re shopping for a new car to take your Uber career to the next level, visit Valley Chevy in the Phoenix area to test drive any of these great 2019 models. We have both new and pre-owned vehicles in our expansive inventory, which means you are guaranteed to find the right car or SUV for your needs and budget. We also provide financing options, even for those with less-than-perfect credit.
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