Uber Xl car requirements

Uber XL Car Requirements

After UberX comes UberXl. While it’s great to start off on the lowest platform, sometimes it’s time for an upgrade. Or maybe you already have a SUV so it would only make sense to know the UberXL car requirements.

Honestly, there isn’t a big difference in requirements between the 2 different platforms, but it’s always good to know the specifics. So, read on to learn the vehicle requirements for UberXL.

If you would like to see the car requirements for other Uber services just click below on any of the services you would like to drive for.


Uber Select

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Uber SUV

Uber Luxury

What Is UberXL

UberXL is the next Uber platform for ride sharing slightly higher up than UberX. You are still driving a non-luxury car, but you are now able to pick up a few more people driving an SUV instead of a standard car

While you will be spending a little more on gas for your vehicle, you will also be making slightly higher fares from the trips you take as a driver.

Uber Car Requirements

Each Uber service has a different set of car requirements. UberXL, the low cost option for a large group of people, will accept most 4-door vehicles providing it is of a certain age and can seat 6 people (excluding the driver).

The requirements aren’t much more than UberX except for the fact you need to be able to seat more people.

Every person that wants to be an Uber driver must meet these basic requirements regardless of the Uber service you choose to drive for:

  • You must be 21 years of age or older.
  • You must Have a U.S. Driver license for at least a year.
  • You must have an in-state Drivers License.
  • You must have in-state license plates
  • Have current car registration
  • Car Insurance reaching the minimal state requirements (Name must show on your policy)
  • You must have a clean driving record.
  • You must pass a criminal background check.

UberXL Car Requirements:

Below is a list of the car requirements to qualify to be an UberXL driver:

  • Model Year: Must be 2001 or newer*
    • 2001 or newer: Los Angeles, Chicago
    • 2005 or newer: San Francisco, New Jersey
  • Body Type: Any with 4 full, independently opening doors
  • Seating: Must seat 6 passengers (excluding the driver)
  • No cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding or taxi color paint jobs
  • No rental vehicles
  • No large passenger vans or commercial/Heavy Duty trucks
  • No marked, taxi, or salvage titled vehicle
  • Must pass the Uber car inspection

* Car year requirements vary by city and are subject to change at Uber’s discretion.

Recommended Cars For UberXL

While most cars are accepted into UberXL that meet the above requirements, it’s still good to have an idea of what kind of car you should use for the platform. Below is a list of recommended cars and a few restricted cars as well.

Recommended Cars:

  • Acura MDX
  • Buick Enclave
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Chrysler Aspen
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Dodge Caravan
  • Dodge Durango
  • Dodge Journey
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Flex
  • GMC Acadia
  • GMC Yukon
  • Honda Pilot
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Hyundai Entourage
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai Veracruz
  • Kia Borrego
  • Kia Sedona
  • Kia Sorento
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Nissan Armada
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Quest
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Volkswagen Routan
  • Volkswagen Toureg

Restricted Models:

  • Ford Crown Victoria
  • Mercury Grand Marquis
  • Chevrolet Spark
  • Taxis or other marked vehicles
  • Full-sized vans (e.g. GMC Savanna, Ford Transit)

Both restricted and recommended vehicles are subject to change and can vary depending on the city.


So there you have it. Those are the car requirements for being an UberXL driver. You’ll be driving more people and potentially making more money.

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Check out the Uber Select car requirements next!





14 thoughts on “Uber XL Car Requirements

  1. Requested Uberxl and was picked up by a Mazda5. Seats six INCLUDING driver; tight squeeze.

    Mazda5 is not listed as a recommended Uberxl. Is this vehicle an exception because it has a 3rd row?

    • Hey Sophia,
      Mazda5 isn’t on the recommended list because it doesn’t qualify for UberXl. UberXL vehicles are required to to be able to seat 6 passengers in addition to the driver. This means 7 seats total in the vehicle. This is even stated on Uber’s website that XL fits six passengers. You might’ve ordered an UberX thinking that it was XL. If you really did order an XL, then someone made an error with platform the vehicle qualifies for and the driver will eventually be removed from doing XL trip requests.
      Best Regards,

  2. hi I’m Hasan. I have New York driving license from last 3 months. Can I drive for Uber. I already change the class from d to e.

    • Hey Mike,
      It may depend where you live, but it looks like the answer is yes. You can use a Town & Country for Uber XL.
      Best Regards,

  3. Hi there i have chrysler aspen 2007 black exterior tan interior can i drive uber xl un new york city regards

    • Hey Sohaib,
      Because the fact that the Chrysler Aspen seats 7 people, I would expect your vehicle to qualify for UberXl. If for some reason it doesn’t, please let me know.
      Best Regards,

    • Hey Christopher,
      Since you are already driving for UberX I would send Uber a message through the app asking for an upgrade.
      They should be able to fix it for you.
      Best Regards,

  4. Uber x and xl are supports only rider . I don’t want kill my car . I drove uber x and xl with in per 40 trips I make only 67 dollar . For 31 miles 16.40 cents with my Toyota Sienna leather sit for uber x not worthy for drivers . Every body try and get out immediately . The uber tricks is only promotion. I know uber wants to kill taxi bussiness but kill it’s driver . One thing even the price if high every body still want uber .

    • Hey Simon,
      If things haven’t worked out for you I am sorry. Unfortunately not every market is the same for potential income. However, I do question your math. $67 for taking 40 trips?
      That means Uber paid you $1.675 per trip. I live in San Francisco Bay area and the minimum per trip is $3.75 for the driver. This means your minimum pay for 40 trips would give you a payout of $150 instead of the $67. So you might want to double check your numbers because I know some of them are exaggerated a little bit..
      Best Regards,

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