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The 6 Best Cars for Uber Drivers

Unhaggle logo Unhaggle 2017-02-13 Adil Khan

For the past eight years, Uber has been hard at work revolutionizing the way we think about transportation – for riders, the company provides a personalized, low-cost alternative to taxi cabs all at your fingertips; while for drivers the company provides a great way to earn some extra coin with relatively low barriers to entry. Uber estimates that the average driver in downtown Toronto working 30 hours a week earns approximately $684 per week before commissions and car expenses, which equates to $35,568 per year – drive during surge hours and that number will only increase – not bad for a semi-part-time gig. That said, there are ways of maximizing your earnings as an Uber driver, with the most obvious being choosing a car with minimal costs. Given that your Uber-car will be spending a lot of time on the road, it will need to be relatively affordable, reliable, have decent gas mileage and provide adequate comfort to you and your passengers (your back and star-rating will thank you for this!) We’ve compiled a short list of some of our top choices for Uber drivers as well as relevant pricing so that you can make an informed decision before setting off on your Uber-driving adventure.

Toyota Prius

With a fuel economy rating of 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and Toyota’s reputation for reliability, the 2017 Prius should be on the top of the list for any Uber driver looking for a car with minimal fuel and repair costs. Standard features of the 2017 Prius include heated front seats, a backup camera and Toyota Safety Sense security features. The 2017 Prius is also backed by a 36 month or 60,000 kilometre warranty, and extendable through Toyota’s Extra Care Protection Plans. Toyota Prius is also a Top Safety Pick+ winner and has features including a pre-collision avoidance system, automatic high beams and lane departure alert with dynamic radar cruise control to keep you and your passengers safe. Customers might also consider the Prius V which offers all the benefits of the Prius and includes a larger station wagon-esque trunk for your riders’ goodies. Here is some pricing on the 2017 Prius:

2017 Toyota Prius Technology Package
TOTAL SAVINGS $500

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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $29,825

Unhaggle Savings: $500 
Total Savings: $500

Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,830 
Total Before Tax: $31,155

Published February 13, 2017

* Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers.

Ford Fusion

Featuring modern styling cues and a large front fascia which is reminiscent of that of an Aston Martin, the current generation Fusion makes a great candidate for an Uber car, as it provides passengers with comfort and ample foot room in a luxury-esque package, all without sticking drivers with the bill for a luxury car. Standard features on the 2017 Fusion include a LED lights, rearview camera, chrome grill and brake assist, while all-wheel-drive, leather-trimmed heated and cooled seats, voice-activated navigation and power moonroof are available as optional equipment. Power options include a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine which a fuel economy of 10 litres per 100 kilometres in the city, a 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine, hybrid-electric engine or fully electric engine. The 2017 Fusion is also backed by a 5 year or 100,000 kilometre limited warranty, and includes emergency roadside assistance. For those interested in purchasing a Fusion, here is some pricing information:

2017 Ford Fusion SE
TOTAL SAVINGS $1,635

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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $25,588

Ford Canada Incentive*: $885
Unhaggle Savings: $750 
Total Savings: $1,635

Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,790 
Total Before Tax: $25,743

Published February 13, 2017

* Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers.

Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is a great choice for customers who are looking for great value and refinement without breaking the bank. The 2017 Sonata undercuts competitors like the Honda Accord by approximately $1,000 before incentives from Hyundai, and offers a myriad of standard features including LED daytime running lights, heated front seats and a 5.0-inch touchscreen display with rearview camera. Optional features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, leather seating surfaces, heated front and rear seats, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bi-Xenon HID headlights with adaptive cornering and high beam assist. Power options include a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine which achieves 10.7 litres per 100 kilometres in the city or a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. The Sonata was also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winner, as well as the winner of the Best New Family Car over $30,000 according to the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. Customers interested in the Sonata should check out our pricing below:

2017 Hyundai Sonata GL
TOTAL SAVINGS $500

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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $24,799

Unhaggle Savings: $500 
Total Savings: $500

Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,935 
Total Before Tax: $26,234

Published February 13, 2017

* Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers.

Mazda 3

With its youthful yet refined design, the current generation Mazda3 offers buyers with exceptional value and is (arguably) one of the better looking contenders in its vehicle class. Standard features include keyless entry and pushbutton start, while optional features include a heads-up display, heated steering wheel, Bose Premium Audio System and rotary-style input device. Power options for the compact sedan include a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Skyactiv engine which achieves a fuel economy rating of 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city (when equipped with the optional automatic transmission) or a peppy 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Skyactiv engine which achieves a fuel economy rating of 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres in the city. As a bonus, all new Mazda vehicles come with the brand’s Unlimited Mileage Warranty, which includes 3-year new vehicle warranty, 3-year roadside assistance, 5-year powertrain and 7-year anti-perforation regardless of the number of kilometres driven, making it an exceptional value as an Uber vehicle. Consumers interested in purchasing a Mazda3 should check out our pricing below:

2017 Mazda3 GS 6AT
TOTAL SAVINGS $1,500

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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $21,600

Mazda Canada Incentive*: $1,000
Unhaggle Savings: $500 
Total Savings: $1,500

Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,835 
Total Before Tax: $21,935

Published February 13, 2017

* Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers.

Toyota Corolla

Known for its reputation for reliability and low maintenance costs, the Toyota Corolla provides exceptional value for Uber drivers. Standard features of the 2017 Corolla include Automatic LED headlamps and Toyota Safety Sense which includes a pre-collision avoidance system, automatic high beams and lane departure alert with dynamic radar cruise control, giving you and your passengers’ peace of mind when riding in this Top Safety Pick+ winner. The current-generation Corolla is powered by a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine with the LE-ECO model achieving a fuel economy of 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres in the city. The 2017 Corolla is also backed by a 36 month or 60,000 kilometre warranty, and extendable through Toyota’s Extra Care Protection Plans. Consumers interested in purchasing this best-selling sedan can consider discounted pricing as mentioned below:

2017 Toyota Corolla CE CVT
TOTAL SAVINGS $1,827

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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $19,590

Toyota Canada Incentive*: $1,327

Unhaggle Savings: $500 
Total Savings: $1,827

Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,730 
Total Before Tax: $19,493

Published February 13, 2017

* Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers.

Mitsubishi Lancer

While not quite as popular as some other vehicles on our list, Mitsubishi’s generous warranty makes it a great candidate for consumers looking for an Uber-able vehicle: All Mitsubishi vehicles come with a five-year/100,000 new vehicle warranty, 5 year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance and whopping 10-year/160,000 kilometre powertrain warranty. The Lancer is also the only vehicle within its subclass which offers available all-wheel-control, providing drivers additional peace of mind when driving in particularly adverse weather conditions. Power options on the 2017 Lancer include a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder which achieves a fuel economy rating of 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres (when equipped with optional automatic transmission) or a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder capable of achieving a fuel economy rating of 10.2 litres per 100 kilometres when equipped with all-wheel-control. If you’re in the market for a Lancer, be sure to check out our pricing below:

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer ES AWC CVT
TOTAL SAVINGS $2,050

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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $21,498

Mitsubishi Canada Incentive*: $1,700
Unhaggle Savings: $350 
Total Savings: $2,050

Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,740 
Total Before Tax: $21,188

Published February 13, 2017

* Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers.

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