Vehicles used for the rideshare programs must be reliable and economical, which is why the next time you shop for a replacement vehicle, you need to really sit down and consider the best cars for Lyft and Uber drivers.
The Toyota Prius
There are several reasons the Toyota Prius makes the list of top cars for Lyft and Uber drivers. The Prius is loaded with all sorts of safety features that make your passengers feel safe. These include lane departure alerts, multiple airbags, pedestrian detection, seatbelt pre-tensioners, stability control, and ABS brakes. It’s also a comfortable vehicle that’s easy to handle and has plenty of space for your passengers.
The main reason so many Lyft and Uber drivers opt to buy a Prius as their rideshare vehicle is the gas mileage. The Hybrid vehicle is capable of 51 MPG. The higher gas mileage means more money in your pocket after each drive.
Harry Campbell is the man responsible for The Rideshare Guy Blog. He ran some figures and concluded that the cost of using a Prius as a rideshare vehicle ranged from $0.08 per mile and $0.15 per mile. This depends, of course, on how old the Prius was.
Based on his math, the Prius was considerably more economical than the other vehicles he researched.
The Honda Accord Hybrid
Many rideshare drivers favor the Honda Accord Hybrid. The hybrid version of the Honda Accord is similar to what the Prius gets and the resale value of the Honda Accord is a bit higher. With 95.6 feet of passenger volume space, the Honda Accord feels a bit roomier than the Prius, which only has 93.1 feet of passenger volume space. Most drivers prefer the more traditional sedan-style appearance of the Honda Accord Hybrid.
Safety features are abundant in the Honda Accord Hybrid. These features include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and stability control allotment.
The Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue is a great choice for rideshare drivers who frequently pick up lots of passengers in one-stop or who do a lot of airport pickups and need space for luggage.
The Rogue is designed for 6 passengers plus it has a Divide-N-Hide Cargo System that’s perfect for large amounts of luggage. Both you and your passengers will be pleased with the overall comfort of the Rogue.
While the 32-35 MPG of this crossover isn’t as good as the hybrid sedans. However, the smooth handling, ample space, and safety features will help you get great reviews from your passengers.
Safety features connected to the Nissan Rogue include anti-whiplash head restraints, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and seatbelt pretensioners.
The Chevy Volt
The Chevy Volt is another hybrid vehicle that’s an excellent choice for rideshare drivers. In the Volt’s case, it’s little things that draw rideshare drivers away from the Prius.
Reasons rideshare drivers have given for purchasing a Chevy Volt instead of a Prius include better sun visors in the Volt. Plus, the cruise control is easier to use and that the Chevy Volt is considerably quieter.
The Chevy Volt averages 38 MPG, but that’s a deceptive number. The car gets about 50 miles per charge and can be driven for approximately 420 miles on a single tank of gas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2018 Chevy Volt with a full five stars for overall safety.
Both the newest models as well as gently used older models of each of these vehicles will work nicely as both your rideshare driving needs and as personal cars.