If you’re considering getting into the rideshare game, one of the most important things to consider is what car you’ll be driving.
Not only do you want a pleasant driving experience and good safety features, you also need to consider the comfort of your passengers.
Before using a ridesharing vehicle, notify your insurance company. Coverage for professionals may differ from personal policies.
Here are 12 cars to consider when considering signing up for Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare platform.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
The crossover of the Japanese car manufacturer, which is currently in its fifth generation, has been a reliable means of transport for families since 1995. The SUV achieves a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The CR-V is also good on fuel economy, with the four-wheel drive hybrid variant getting an EPA-estimated 38 mpg combined.
Honda Accord Hybrid
If you’d rather go for a sedan, the company’s mid-sized Accord is a fairly comfortable option for transporting riders around town. Honda’s range of safety features makes the brand a top priority for those who plan on being out and about all day.
Fuel economy is good too, with the Accord Hybrid getting an EPA-estimated 47 mpg, paired with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Ford Escape Hybrid
Intended to be head-to-toe with the CR-V, the Ford Escape was completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. The crossover offers good legroom for rear-seat passengers thanks to the front seats with backrests sculpted inward. Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Keeping Assist are standard.
A 2022 Escape Hybrid model gets 44 mpg in the city and 34 mpg in the city.
Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
The hybrid variant of Hyundai’s popular compact car, introduced for the 2021 model year, uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 1.32 kilowatt-hour battery pack to deliver 139 horsepower, which is enough for a model of its size. It also gets a very efficient 53 mpg in the city and 56 on the highway.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Camry has been a safe and reliable daily driver for decades. It offers rear passengers plenty of hip, shoulder and legroom. The eighth generation of Toyota’s sedan comes with Safety Sense, a range of safety and driver assistance technology.
The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
A minivan can be a good option for large numbers of passengers thanks to its ease of boarding and alighting and its abundant storage space. A Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan can travel 52 miles in all-electric mode before the gas engine kicks in.
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is rated at 30 mpg in combined traffic situations.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
With the first version of a Highlander Hybrid entering the US market in 2005, the latest generation of the three-row SUV from the Japanese carmaker is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with two electric motors. That setup delivers 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on highway rides.
The K5 sedan has been redesigned and renamed the Kia Optima and drives smoothly and quietly. On the LXS trim, USB ports for the rear passengers and a rear center armrest are standard – features appealing to rideshare users. The option also comes with a rear passenger safety exit system to prevent incidents with oncoming vehicles when passengers exit the car.
For the 2022 model year, the K5 gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
A three-row SUV with a good set of standard safety features and a comfortable interior should be on every Uber Black driver’s list. The Hyundai Palisade reaches the level. When equipped with the convenience pack, all three rows have USB ports for charging en route to a passenger’s destination. Opting for the calligraphy finish puts the model square in luxury territory.
A 2022 Hyundai Palisade is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Korean automaker’s mid-sized sedan, now in its eighth generation, has a stylish interior and exterior, a budget-friendly price, and a long list of standard and available safety features. An available sunroof provides a small boost in charging while driving or parking.
A new Sonata Hybrid is rated at up to 50 mpg on city streets and 54 mpg on the highway. The Sonata Hybrid Blue trim level can travel an EPA estimated 686 miles on a single tank of gasoline.
If space is the name of the game and multiple adults are the players, a Suburban will handle whatever you throw at it. Three rows of seats accommodate up to eight, although driver-like configurations with captain’s seats are more likely to have seven seats, including the driver. Picking up fewer people at the airport leaves plenty of room for luggage when the third row seats are lowered.
Opting for the powerful turbo diesel engine and two-wheel drive will maximize the SUV’s fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The minibus Toyota Sienna is a cost-effective way to transport larger groups. The Sienna is only available as a hybrid model and is powered by a 2.5 liter four-cylinder gas engine in combination with two electric motors. Combined, it produces 243 horsepower. The 2022 Toyota Sienna is rated at 36 mpg in the city and on the highway.
On Limited and Platinum trims, the second-row seats recline and move 25 inches back and forth, making the third-row seats more comfortable for adults.
Sienna, like the Chrysler Pacifica, has a lot of cargo space.