If you’d like to make money as an Uber or Lyft driver, your choice in vehicle matters – not just to earn riders’ 5-star ratings, but also to ensure you’re available to maximize earnings when prices surge. Your vehicle is essentially your key to profit. Therefore, if you’re wondering how to become a good rideshare driver, you’ll need to choose an equally good car that’s reliable, safe, efficient, comfortable and, of course, affordable. (What’s the saying about needles and haystacks?)
As the needle to your vehicle-loaded haystack, Honda ticks off all those boxes. Read on to see which new or used Honda vehicles will make you a ridesharing rockstar.
But First: Get to Know Uber & Lyft Vehicle Requirements
Not just any car qualifies for Uber or Lyft. Car requirements for Uber and Lyft vary by city, region and rideshare service option, so it’s best to sign up and research before you choose to buy or finance a vehicle.
Here is a list of Uber’s minimum vehicle requirements in South Florida:
- 15-year-old vehicle or newer
- 4-door vehicle
- Good condition with no cosmetic damage
- No commercial branding
Here is a list of Lyft’s minimum vehicle requirements in South Florida:
- 2008 or newer
- 4 doors
- 5-8 seats, including the driver’s
- Valid license plate (out-of-state plates are also acceptable)
- Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
Vehicle eligibility differs for each Uber and Lyft rideshare service option, as well. Take a look at our recommended Honda vehicles for each of those ride types and service options below.
Recommended Honda Vehicles: By Ride Type
Good Cars for UberX & Lyft
Most new or late-model Honda sedans and subcompact cars are eligible for UberX and Lyft. In addition to the minimum requirements listed above, vehicles must also have at least 5 seats, functioning windows, air conditioning and no history of being salvaged. Here are the best Honda models for Lyft and UberX:
One of the most common Uber cars without a hybrid engine is the Honda Civic – and for good reason. Take the 2020 Civic LX sedan as an example: It returns 30 city/38 highway mpg*, has comfortable seating for 5 and includes several high-end features riders can appreciate.
For one, the 2020 Civic can be equipped with a rear-seat center armrest, which is a perfect little divider for strangers who decide to share a ride. To some, such a feature may seem superfluous; but riders will appreciate the valuable bit of private space.
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto are also standard starting with the Civic Sport trim. This technology allows your passengers to connect their phones straight to the Civic’s 10-speaker premium audio system. That’s 450 watts of superbly tuned sound for those Huey Lewis and the News playlists.
Best of all is the fact that the base 2020 Honda Civic LX sedan, equipped with a 158-hp 2.0L engine and standard CVT, can be purchased for $20,650*, excluding any Honda dealer specials, discounts and sales offers. Used Civic models are also some of the best cars for Uber priced under $10k; just ask your certified pre-owned Honda dealership to help you find one!
A perfect blend of power, style and fuel efficiency, the new Honda Insight is an excellent choice for rideshare driving. The 2020 Insight LX has a starting price of $22,930* and returns 49 highway/55 city mpg*, making it cheaper than the Toyota Prius while having comparable EPA-estimated fuel economy.
The new Insight comes standard with the full suite of Honda Sensing, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System and Traffic Sign Recognition.
You can purchase an Insight with a Wi-Fi Hotspot, which you can offer riders as a free perk. Twin USB ports and a 12-volt power outlet are also standard.
Another popular sedan for UberX and Lyft drivers is the Honda Accord. It’s great at just about everything, from performance to gas mileage to cabin space.
For 2020, the Accord LX starts at $24,020* and returns 30 city/38 highway mpg*. Passenger volume totals 105.6 cubic feet, and rear legroom and hiproom come in at 40.4 inches and 55 inches, respectively. Those specs are among the best in the midsize sedan class, making the Accord an ideal rideshare car. (Accord’s large 16.7-cubic-foot trunk is nice if you taxi people to and from the Miami airport, too.)
As a bonus for Lyft and Uber drivers, the new Honda Accord also features an available Head-Up Display. Vehicle speed, incoming phone calls and turn-by-turn directions are displayed on the windshield, just within your line of sight. No more missed turns for you.
Other eligible Honda models for UberX and Lyft in South Florida include:
Good Vehicles for UberXL & Lyft XL
Newer vehicles with at least 7 seats qualify for UberXL and Lyft XL. The Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot are excellent choices for this ride type.
Perhaps the smartest choice for rideshare drivers, from an earnings perspective, is a minivan like the Honda Odyssey. With an “XL” vehicle like the Odyssey, you can carry more passengers and baggage than comparable SUVs, allowing you to make more money per trip. (XL drivers earn more for XL trips, too.)
The power of the 2020 Odyssey is in its convenient Magic Slide 2nd-row seats. Simply configure the middle row of captain’s chairs to allow for easy access to the back. Worried about those back-seat riders damaging your Odyssey? CabinWatch lets you keep an eye on all passengers while you drive, even when it’s pitch black.
Odyssey’s 10.2-inch rear entertainment system may seem solely suited for children, but there’s no reason it has to be. Ask riders if they’d like to pop in a movie – offer a few DVDs or Blu-ray Discs as options – as you escort them around Miami or back home.
Rear USB ports are available in the Odyssey, as is Wi-Fi, Multi-Zone Audio, tri-zone climate control and the handy HondaVAC built-in vacuum.
With seating for up to 7 passengers, the Honda Pilot is one of the largest affordable SUVs eligible for UberXL and Lyft XL.
One-touch 2nd-row captain’s chairs are both comfortable and easy to fold forward, enabling back-seat passengers to climb in without feeling squeezed. In fact, the 2020 Honda Pilot offers a great deal of passenger space – 152.9 cubic feet in the cabin, to be exact – and 31.9 inches of rear legroom.
The new Pilot comes with many of the same features as the Odyssey, including a rear entertainment system, tri-zone climate, Wi-Fi and 2nd-row USB ports.
Ready to pop that Uber or Lyft decal in your windshield? Visit our South Florida Honda Dealers to find the right rideshare vehicle, and start earning money. Find your nearest Honda dealership around Miami to browse current finance offers and learn more about the certified pre-owned Honda program.
Disclaimers: *Civic 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport 6MT trim. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. *MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $955.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices. *Insight 55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors. *Accord 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX and EX-L 1.5T trims. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T CVT trim. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T 6MT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 2.0T trim. 48 city/47 highway/48 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.