Are you thinking of becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft? That could be an exciting career change – you’ll get to meet a lot of interesting people, and if you love to drive, what better way to spend your time than doing what you enjoy and making money while doing it? Of course you’ll want to make sure that your vehicle is up to the job, so with that in mind, let’s consider great rigs for the job.
You’ll want a used vehicle that’s safe, roomy, and gets decent gas mileage. We’ve narrowed our choices down to the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6 and Nissan Rogue.
Ford Fusion: This mid-size sedan offers a lot – great handling, stylish controls, and in later models, the MyFord Touch infotainment system. It’s available in a variety of engine configurations, all of which are easy on fuel. We’re also impressed by the ample legroom, even for your passengers in the back.
Honda Accord: This is another mid-size sedan with plenty of legroom. There’s also a good deal of space for cargo (handy for airport-bound passengers). We like the blind spot camera – after all, you don’t want to take chances with your passengers’ safety.
Hyundai Sonata: The Sonata is another great choice for Uber or Lyft drivers, with a number of passenger-pleasing features, like rear window sunshades and heated rear seats. It also has ample trunk space, and a user-friendly navigation system so you won’t have to worry about not being able to find your passengers.
Mazda6: Your passengers will love riding in the Mazda6, because it looks and rides like a much more expensive rig. There’s also plenty of cargo space, and a number of great safety features – we like the adaptive cruise control, which could be very useful when shuttling passengers around the city.
Nissan Rogue: The Nissan Rogue is a very pleasing compact SUV, featuring three-row seating, so you can still carry large groups when you have to. It’s easy on fuel, and should give you around 33 mpg on the highway. In terms of safety features, we really like the 360-degree camera.
Working as an Uber or Lyft driver not only requires enthusiasm and driving skill, it also requires the right vehicle. YourMechanic recommends these five as the best choices for Uber or Lyft drivers.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're an Uber or Lyft Driver and was authored by Valerie Johnston.