What is the Best Car for Uber Drivers?
The Top 10 Best Cars for Uber Drivers to OwnIf 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.
The Toyota Corolla is a good buy for Uber drivers looking for durability and a four-cylinder engine. The durability guarantees that it is a car you can count on, while the four-cylinder engine means less fuel consumption.
Like the Toyota Prius, the Corolla suffers from sub-par handling and maneuverability, making it a poor car to drive under wet and windy weather conditions or on uneven pavement. It also lacks horsepower, making it feel slow compared to other cars when accelerating. Both qualities make for an uncomfortable ride for an Uber passenger looking to get somewhere safe and on time.
The Chevrolet Spark is the perfect option for Uber drivers on a tight budget. With a starting price of $13,000, it is a deal you can't miss out on.
On top of that, with 39 miles per gallon on the highway, it also saves money on the road. Few car options offer such a savings both at the sale and on the road.
And unlike many compact cars, the Spark features a spacious interior in each of its trims that in no way makes passengers feel crammed in.
The Hyundai Sonata is an affordable option as it is significantly below the price of other vehicles that offer similar features. It offers a decent gas mileage, 35 mpg, on the highway.
Yet, like the Toyota Corolla, it is an unresponsive vehicle, making it hard to handle on uneven payment and in chaotic weather. It also doesn’t offer much power, making the ride feel sluggish at times, especially when accelerating to merge on the highway.
The Honda Civic is a low-maintenance vehicle. This is perfect for an Uber driver who cannot afford to constantly fix repairs or does not have time to clean up hard-to-remove messes in the interior. The Civic is durable in terms of mechanics and interior materials.
Technology does create a drawback for the Honda Civic, though. The infotainment system is difficult to use, especially when it comes to navigation. Its collision warning system is also known to be on the sensitive side and often warns the driver of possible crashes too early.
Its cruise control can be late to kick in, making long drives or drives on the highway harder on the driver, at least more than they should be for a vehicle equipped with cruise control.
The 2017 Cruze is perfect for those Uber drivers that find themselves traveling long distances. The Cruze offers an incredible 40 miles per gallon on the highway. With increasing gas prices and more increases expected to come as we enter the summer season, the Cruze’s great gas mileage is reason alone to make this your next purchase.
It is also a great purchase for the Uber driver that finds himself or herself taking people to the airport or other travel areas frequently. The Cruze features 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space, perfect for those passengers with a large amount of luggage. The Cruze blows it's competition away.
The Ford Fusion is a good option for Uber drivers looking for a vehicle with good handling and all-wheel drive. A vehicle you can control – and offers power when you need to regain control – is always a good option when on the road for long periods of time and under different weather and terrain conditions.
Like the Honda Civic, the Ford Fusion has also heard complaints regarding its infotainment system. It can be difficult to use.
The Ford Fusion also suffers from bad in-city mileage. With just 25 city miles per gallon, frequent gas stops are guaranteed for anyone, especially for an Uber driver.
The Chevy Volt is tailor made for people ready to be a part of the change. It is the newest and best electric car option available on the market. The Volt's range is more than 50 miles on electric power and more than 400 with a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas.
Unlike other electric and hybrid models on the market, the Volt does not struggle with acceleration and does not suffer from the lag effect other "green" vehicles experience while increasing speed or merging onto the highway.
Buying the Chevy Volt also means receiving an additional tax credit come tax season. Specifics are determined by the location where taxes are filed and other factors such as the amount of taxes paid that year.
The Toyota Prius offers 51 miles per gallon on the highway, which is great news for any Uber driver trying to save on gas and maintain a decent profit.
Unfortunately, saving at the pump will only help so much as the Toyota Prius comes with a high tag price. Maintenance also adds to the cost. The battery replacement can be quite hefty, and because the vehicle is so heavy it results in heavy wear to the brakes.
It is also not as responsive and harder to handle compared to other hybrid vehicles. As a person planning to be on the road for large portions of the time, an Uber driver planning to purchase a Prius has to decide if the gas mileage is worth uncomfortable rides.
The Toyota Camry is known for its dependability. Unlike many cars, this model is known to last many years and experience few problems.
Unfortunately, with its simple exterior and lack of finer details, it is not the best-looking car around. One would think that would decrease the value of the car but the opposite is true. Despite its bland exterior, the Camry commands a high sale price compared to similar models with the same features and better-designed exteriors.
The new Chevy Malibu is perfect for the driver who is set on meeting and exceeding expectations. Each of the Malibu trims are equipped with Driver Efficiency Gauge, which provides feedback on how to improve driving habits and reduce gasoline consumption.
It is also a great buy for Uber drivers who find themselves driving groups and families frequently or need the car for his/her family, too. U.S. News & World Report named the Malibu the best midsize car for families, among other honors.
The Malibu is also extra tech savvy and features 4G LTE Wi-Fi built in and wireless charging, which is perfect for when either driver or passenger forget the easy-to-lose charging cable.