Uber and Lyft drivers can’t simply drive any old jalopy to their job – not unless they really enjoy getting 1-star ratings. No, they need reliable, affordable, fuel-efficient, late-model vehicles. Essentially, rideshare drivers need the very best to get the most tips.
So, which cars and SUVs are best for Lyft and Uber drivers? Review our list of recommendations, separated by each rideshare mode or service, below. (And if you need assistance picking the right vehicle in Kansas City, be sure to contact your nearest McCarthy dealership.)
Hyundai IONIQ: Lyft Economy & UberX
Returning a best-in-class MPG of 57 city/59 highway, the new Hyundai IONIQ is as good as it gets for rideshare drivers; with the IONIQ, you can drive up to 690 miles before needing to refuel. Available in three trims (Blue, SEL, Limited) and with a price tag starting at around $21,000, the IONIQ is also one of the most affordable hybrid cars in America.
The IONIQ is extraordinarily safe. Earning a spot on IIHS’s Top Safety Pick list, range-topping Hyundai IONIQ models are available with features like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Dynamic Bending Light headlights, Rear Parking Sensors, Smart Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Driver Attention Warning.
Offering 96.2 cubic feet of passenger volume, the IONIQ’s cabin is equally extraordinary. However, it’s you, the rideshare driver, who benefits most from IONIQ’s tech. Heated front seats keep you warm during those chilly Kansas City winters. An Integrated Memory System for the driver’s seat ensures you’re always in the most comfortable position. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration allows you to stream just about any type of playlist. Plus, you’ve got complete access to the Hyundai Blue Link® Connected Car Service technology.
Browse our selection of Hyundai IONIQ hybrid cars for sale in Kansas City.
[Other great options: Toyota Camry Hybrid, Nissan LEAF EV]
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Lyft Shared & UberPool
The new RAV4 Hybrid is what other hybrid SUVs aspire to be. An ideal vehicle for rideshares, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers ample rear space, convenience, and comfort for up to 4 riders. Rear headroom (39.5 inches) and shoulder room (56.4 inches) specs are better than competitors like the Honda CR-V.
In the back seat, riders can also keep their mobiles topped off with the RAV4’s two rear USB charging ports. And when it’s cold out, pump the Fahrenheits up via RAV4’s dual-zone climate control. (For some added oomph and a guaranteed 5-star rider rating, turn on the rear heated seats.)
Plus, the hybrid RAV4 features Toyota’s first-ever digital rearview mirror, a camera-based system that ensures drivers get a full, unobstructed view of the road behind them. Can’t beat incredible safety at an inviting price (MSRP $25,650).
Browse our selection of Toyota RAV4 SUVs for sale in Kansas City.
[Other great options: Chevy Blazer, Nissan Kicks, Buick Encore]
Nissan Pathfinder: Lyft XL & Uber XL
Pathfinder’s two biggest selling points are its enormous and flexible back rows. Not only does the new Nissan Pathfinder offer seating for up to 7 riders, but it also has an amazingly versatile middle row; simply slide the 2nd-row seats over to increase individual passenger room by 5-plus inches, and utilize the Latch and Glide® system to provide your riders easy access to the back. Even the very rear row offers comfort – passengers can recline and rest their weary eyes. And when no one is riding, the Nissan Pathfinder’s Fold Flat Floor increases total cargo capacity to 79.5 cubic feet.
The Nissan Pathfinder is also a 7-seater that’s loaded with first-class amenities and entertainment. All rows receive their own individual air vents (Tri-Zone Climate Control), up to 6 total USB charging ports, and Twi-Zone Entertainment, which features dual 8-inch monitors that can play media directly from a smart device or via an HDMI cable.
Browse our selection of Nissan Pathfinder SUVs for sale in Kansas City.
[Other great options: Buick Enclave, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hyundai Palisade]
GMC Yukon Denali: Lyft Lux & Uber Select
Riders who want to rideshare in style choose Lyft Lux or Uber Select. Drivers should, therefore, choose an attractive luxury car or SUV to qualify for LUX or Select. Enter the GMC Yukon Denali.
The Yukon Denali is one of GMC’s finest luxury SUVs. It comes with seating for 8 passengers, leather accents throughout, a Bose® Centerpoint® Premium Audio System, heated second-row bucket seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, power sunroof, and easy-to-clean carpeted black floor mats. Best of all, the Denali comes with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 7 USB charging locations, 5 power outlets, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Browse our selection of GMC Yukon SUVs for sale in Kansas City.
[Other great options: Chevy Suburban, Buick Enclave Avenir]
Contact a member of our GM sales team in Marshall, MO, to build a Cadillac XTS or Escalade, and go rideshare your heart out. We’d be happy to help you acquire GM financing or an auto loan for any new vehicle from our inventory.