Since the pandemic hit last year – which left many Americans without jobs –plenty of people started driving for Uber and Lyft. And while ride-sharing sounds like an easy job, it can be taxing on a person’s mind and body after hours of driving all day. Even more so, that much driving can do a number on their personal cars.
In that case, it’s important for any rideshare operator to drive a reliable, spacious, and fuel-efficient car that can get riders to where they’re going safely. As such, here are five of the best cars that you can buy if you plan to drive for a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft.
The Toyota Prius is the hybrid king of the road
If you want a comfortable compact car that can easily achieve 50 mpg in combined driving, then you can’t beat a Toyota Prius. The Prius has ample room for up to passengers and a lot of cargo volume thanks to its hatchback shape. On top of that, if you live in a snow state, you’ll like that the 2021 Prius is available with all-wheel drive.
You can buy a 2021 model in the mid to high $20,000 range, but if you want to save money then you can find used examples for anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 depending on the car’s age and condition.
2021 Hyundai Ionic Hybrid
If you would rather have something a little more unique than a Toyota Prius, then the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq could work for you. Your rideshare passengers will get a kick out of a large amount of legroom in addition to the large cargo area. You won’t need to worry too much about stopping at the gas station either, as the EPA estimates that the Ioniq Hybrid can achieve up to 54 mpg in the city and 56 mpg on the highway.
2020 Honda Fit
Would you believe that the Honda Fit has more rear-seat legroom than a Civic? Sure, it’s only by about two inches, but that could mean a world of difference to any rideshare passenger. Speaking of the Fit’s rear seat, it’s also a “Magic Seat,” which means that it can flip and fold to create an adaptable storage space for taller cargo items.
What’s even better is that the Honda Fit can achieve an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with an automatic transmission. That’s not exactly hybrid-like fuel economy, but it will keep you away from the gas stations so that you can conduct more rides.
2021 Toyota Camry
If you would rather spend all day driving around town in something a little larger than a compact car or a hybrid, then the 2021 Toyota Camry is a great option. With ample rear-seat legroom and a cavernous trunk area, you would think that the Camry was made for ride-sharing.
Of course, it wasn’t, but your rideshare passengers will enjoy the extra comfort. When it comes to driving, you’ll enjoy the Camry’s quiet ride and reserved driving dynamics in addition to its EPA-estimated fuel economy figures of 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. If you would rather have hybrid economy figures in the 50-mpg range, then there’s a Camry Hybrid as well.
2021 Honda Odyssey
Driving a Honda Odyssey for your rideshare duties can possibly lead to more money earned. With seating for up to eight passengers and all of their stuff, the Odyssey could be considered one of the ultimate rideshare platforms.
The top-trim Touring option will give you all of the safety and tech-savvy features you would need including a Honda Vac to clean up after everyone after the day is done. The only downside is that the Odyssey can cost over $30,000, but used ones are plentiful at a lower price point.