It's practically a done deal, Uber is coming to British Columbia. While taxi companies will fight it, consumerism is likely to prevail, with ride-hailing services predicted to hit the roads of Greater Vancouver by the end of 2017.
If you've found this article you're likely considering becoming an Uber driver. You know that being a part of a ride-share service, or even an Uberprenuer, can be a very lucrative endeavor. Therefore, you're looking to invest in a new vehicle that will allow you to optimize efficiency while building your personal "brand" and ROI.
With Toyota dominating Cars.com's 2016 list of the ten best new cars for an aspiring Uber driver, it's clear that Toyota is the manufacturer of choice. This was compounded further when it was announced that Uber confirmed a strategic investment and auto leasing deal (not currently available in Canada) from Toyota. Today, as Greater Vancouver's premier Toyota dealer, we are sharing our top picks to help you launch your gainful journey as an Uber driver in 2017.
3 Toyota Cars That Are Perfect for Uber and Other Ride-Share Service Drivers
2017 Toyota Prius
Back in 2001 the country's (and possibly the world's) first hybrid taxi hit the streets of Vancouver BC. Toyota engineers across the pond caught wind of the story and took great interest. They contacted the driver and used the Prius taxi as an integral part of the hybrid's ongoing R&D platform, exchanging full of information about wear and tear. Even Toyota's proud engineers were floored by what they found:
"And they were 'blown away' by the brake pad life. In a typical taxi, the brake pads are replaced every six to eight months. Grant first changed the front pads on his Prius at just over 300,000 kilometres and the rear ones at just over a half-million. Also, in a typical gas-powered cab, the transmission required changing every 18 to 24 months, but in all his Prius cabs, he never had to replace one. And something as innocuous as a signal light, which gets a real workout on a cab, gets replaced every 24 months or so. Grant never once had to replace one on any of his Prius cabs." (source: driving.ca)
In 2004, Toyota gifted the operator with a new Prius to further test its groundbreaking resilience and by the time he retired the vehicle it had logged an astounding 1.5 million kilometers. That is why today you see that practically every single taxi in Greater Vancouver is a Prius. So, it simply makes sense that the same vehicle be used as an Uber.
The 2017 edition continues in its legacy as the top car for any form of ride-sharing service. It has an edgy new look that is sleek, sculpted and is highlighted by a shark-fin antenna and LED lighting that lets your evening pickup know your coming. They'll experience a smooth drive thanks to double-wishbone rear suspension and an athletic stance that navigates twists and turns seamlessly. Comfort is accentuated by climate controls and heated front seats for front seat passengers.
Since staying connected at all times is essential to your success as an Uber driver you'll appreciate the convenience of the available Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging system which keeps you charged and ready to receive ride requests at all times. And at an available EPA estimated 58 mpg (city) you'll be turning an ROI as quick as you do those corners. View our complete line of 2017 Prius Hybrids.
2017 Toyota Camry
A Camry lets potential riders know you're dependable. But with 2017 updates they get to ride in style too, thanks to sculpted body lines, an aggressive grille, hard bodied fenders, available 18-inch alloy wheels, and available LED Daytime Running Lights.
The interior experience is just as impressive, especially in the LE and XLE where rich wood-grain accents set a luxurious tone. If you've arrived at a pickup to find passengers of the big & tall variety there is no need for concern because the new Camry has a spacious cabin that offers plenty of rear leg room. The 60/40 split that allows easy reconfiguration of the rear seats to extend trunk space will come in handy for those airport trips too.
As the driver you'll salivate over the available 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower, dual exhaust, and race-inspired paddle shifters. These features will have you zipping between pickups and drop-offs so fast you'll be available far more than other Uber drivers in your locale. If you like the idea of a hybrid but are adamant about owning a powerful Camry you're in luck. Engineered with Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Camry Hybrid balances both power and fuel efficiency, delivering an impressive 200 horsepower and up to an EPA-estimated 42 mpg (city). View our complete line of 2017 Camry vehicles.
2017 Toyota Corolla
The Corolla is celebrating 50 years here in 2017. It's the perfect year to get on board as an Uber and Corolla driver!
The cabin is so advanced you'll think it took a lightyear leap, with steering wheel-mounted controls that with have riders regarding you the captain of their journey, even if it just entails a few blocks into town. Standard Bluetooth connectivity with advanced voice
recognition lets you wirelessly manage smartphone calls and ride requests while streaming your passengers' favorite tunes thanks to the USB port. Integrated Navigation ensures that no destination is out of reach and the available high-resolution, 4.2-inch color multi-information display allows you to keep track of your entire day.
The cabin is also spacious, seating five comfortably. And they will indeed enjoy the ride to come as you ignite the available Sport Mode function, which when engaged, provides an even sportier drive. The new aerodynamic design not only equates a better drive, it helps deliver an improved efficiency rating. An updated available shiftless transmission named CVTi-S has been added to the Corolla. It includes intelligent Valvematic technology that provides the Corolla LE Eco with an EPA-estimated 40 mpg (highway). So, if you're looking to get the most out of your Corolla as a ride-share investment, you may want to consider this model.
As an Uber driver, you also know that rider safety is imperative, which is why you will be pleased to know that the Corolla is outfitted with Toyota's standard Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes (but is not exclusive to) features such as Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Automatic High-Beams. And like the other Uber vehicles detailed above, the Corolla comes standard with Toyota's renowned Star Safety System. View our complete line of 2017 Corolla vehicles.
Ready to begin your lucrative new journey as an Uber driver for the Greater Vancouver area? Contact our dealership today to schedule a test drive in one (or all) of the above ROI-driven vehicles.