Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017)

Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017) and Accepted Vehicle Models for UberX and UberXL

What are the Uber Car Year Requirements in 2017? Every year, Uber updates their list of vehicle standards and requirements. For drivers, this policy mainly affects one thing: how old your car is allowed to be. 

On March 1st, 2016, Uber began transitioning away from its old X and XL policies, which often mandated that vehicles be no older than Year 2000 models.

Why does Uber keep changing the model date requirements for X and XL vehicles? 

Local regulations change with time, and Uber wants to avoid violating commercial vehicle regulations in the cities where it operates. The company also wants to make sure their drivers’ vehicles aren’t too old —  keeping assembly/manufacturing dates within 15 years helps avoid mechanical and safety issues.Keep in mind that the Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017) may differ as soon as next year.

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Uber Car Age/Model Year Requirements (2016):

The company’s new, revised vehicle-age requirements greatly differ by city, so we’ve compiled a list of cities and car model years for UberX and UberXL below.

All years indicate the vehicle’s maximum allowable age for UberX and XL (in other words, 2006  = 2006 or newer).

  • Akron, OH (2006)
  • Albuquerque, NM (2006)
  • Ames, IA (2004)
  • Annapolis, MD (2005)
  • Ann Arbor, MI (2001)
  • Arlington, TX (2004)
  • Asheville, NC (2005)
  • Atlanta, GA (2005)
  • Augusta, GA (2005)
  • Austin, TX (2001)
  • Bakersfield, CA (2005)
  • Baltimore, MD (2005)
  • Baton Rouge, LA (2005)
  • Birmingham, AL (2005)
  • Bloomington, IN (2003)
  • Boise, ID (2006)
  • Boston, MA (2001)
  • Burlington, VT (2005)
  • Cedar Rapids, IA (2004)
  • Charleston, SC (2005)
  • Charlotte, NC (2005)
  • Charlottesville – Harrisonburg, VA (2005)
  • Chattanooga, TN (2004)
  • Chicago, IL (2001)
  • Cincinnati, OH (2006)
  • Cleveland, OH (2006)
  • College Station, TX (2005)
  • Colorado Springs, CO (2001)
  • Columbia, MO (2005)
  • Columbia, SC (2005)
  • Columbus, OH (2006)
  • Connecticut (2003)
  • Dallas, TX (2004)
  • Dayton, OH (2006)
  • Daytona Beach, FL (2004)
  • Denver, CO (2001)
  • Des Moines, IA (2004)
  • Detroit, MI (2001)
  • El Paso, TX (2001)
  • Erie, PA (2006)
  • Fayetteville, AR (2005)
  • Fayetteville, NC (2005)
  • Flagstaff, AZ (2004)
  • Flint, MI (2001)
  • Fort Worth, TX (2004)
  • Fresno, CA (2001)
  • Ft. Meyers – Naples, FL (2004)
  • Ft. Wayne, IN (2003)
  • Gainesville – Ocala, FL (2004)
  • Grand Rapids, MI (2004)
  • Green Bay, WI (2003)
  • Greenville, SC (2005)
  • Hampton Roads, VA/NC (2005)
  • Honolulu, HI (2004)
  • Houston (2008)
  • Indianapolis, IN (2003)
  • Inland Empire, CA (2005)
  • Jackson, MI (2005)
  • Jacksonville (2004)
  • Kalamazoo, MI (2004)
  • Kansas City, MO (2005)
  • Killeen, TX (2001)
  • Knoxville, KY (2004)
  • Lafayette, LA (2005)
  • Lancaster, PA (2006)
  • Lansing, MI (2004)
  • Las Vegas, NV (2006)
  • Lehigh Valley, PA (2006)
  • Lincoln, NE (2005)
  • Little Rock, AR (2005)
  • Long Beach, CA (2001)
  • Los Angeles, cA (2001)
  • Louisville, KY (2001)
  • Madison, WI (2003)
  • Maine (2005)
  • Maui, HI (2004)
  • Memphis, TN (2004)
  • Mesa, AZ (2001)
  • Miami, FL (2005)
  • Milwaukee, WI (2003)
  • Minneapolis, MN (2005)
  • Mobile, AL (2005)
  • Montana (2006)
  • Muncie, IN (2003)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC (2005)
  • Nashville, TN (2005)
  • New Hampshire (2005)
  • New Jersey (2005)
  • New York City (2011)
  • New Orleans, LA (2005, 2008 in Orleans Parish)
  • Oakland, CA (2001)
  • Oklahoma City, OK (2005)
  • Omaha, NE (2005)
  • Orange County, CA  (2001)
  • Orlando, FL (2004)
  • Outer Banks, NC (2005)
  • Palm Springs, CA (2005)
  • Pensacola, FL (2004)
  • Philadelphia, PA (2001)
  • Phoenix, AZ (2004)
  • Piedmont Triad, NC (2005)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (2006)
  • Portland, OR (2006)
  • Quad Cities, IA (2004)
  • Raleigh – Durham, NC (2006)
  • Reading, PA (2006)
  • Reno, NV (2006)
  • Rhode Island (2001)
  • Richmond, VA (2005)
  • Roanoke – Blacksburg, VA (2005)
  • Sacramento, CA (2001)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (2006)
  • San Antonio, TX (2003)
  • San Diego, CA (2001)
  • San Francisco, CA (2001)
  • San Jose, CA (2001)
  • San Louis Obispo, CA (2001)
  • Savannah, GA (2005)
  • Sarasota, FL (2004)
  • Seattle, WA (2006)
  • South Bend, IN (2003)
  • State College, PA (2006)
  • Stillwater, OK (2005)
  • St. Louis, MO (2005)
  • Tallahassee, FL (2004)
  • Tampa Bay, FL (2004)
  • Toledo, OH (2006)
  • Tucson, AZ (2004)
  • Tulsa, OK (2005)
  • Ventura, CA (2005)
  • Virginia Beach (2005)
  • Washington, D.C (2005)
  • West Lafayette, IN (2003)
  • Wichita, KS (2001)
  • Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (2006)
  • Wilmington, NC (2005)
  • Yuma, AZ (2004)

More info about becoming an Uber driver in your city can be found here.

*Uber’s list of vehicle requirements are not static, and can sometimes shift suddenly — so, if you’re thinking about becoming a driver, make sure to contact your local Uber team to double-check that your car’s model year meets the Uber car year requirements in your city.

UberX and UberXL Accepted Vehicle Models

And, for your convenience, here is a complete list of allowed UberX and XL vehicle types:

  • Acura RDX
  • Acura TL
  • Acura TLX
  • Audi A4
  • Audi S4
  • BMW 3 Series
  • BMW X1
  • Buick Anthem
  • Buick Encore
  • Buick Lucerne
  • Buick Regal
  • Buick Verano Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Chevrolet Captiva Sport
  • Chevrolet Cruze Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Chevrolet Cruze Limited Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Chevrolet HHR
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Impala Limited
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
  • Chevrolet SS
  • Chrysler 200
  • Chrysler 300
  • Chrysler Town and Country (XL)
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Dodge Charger
  • Dodge Dart Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Dodge Durango (XL)
  • Dodge Grand Caravan (XL)
  • Dodge Journey (XL)
  • Dodge Journey
  • Dodge Nitro
  • Ford C-Max Energi
  • Ford C-Max Hybrid
  • Ford Crown Victoria
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford Escape Hybrid
  • Ford Explorer (XL)
  • Ford Flex
  • Ford Focus Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Ford Taurus
  • GMC Acadia
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Accord Crosstour
  • Honda Accord Hybrid
  • Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
  • Honda Civic Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Crosstour
  • Honda Element
  • Honda HR-V
  • Honda Odyssey (XL)
  • Honda Pilot (XL)
  • Hyundai Azera
  • Hyundai Elantra Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Hyundai Elantra Touring
  • Hyundai Santa Fe (XL)
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Hyundai Veracruz
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Jeep Commander (XL)
  • Jeep Compass
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
  • Jeep Liberty
  • Jeep Patriot
  • Kia Cadenza
  • Kia Forte Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Kia Optima
  • Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Kia Sedona (XL)
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Sportage
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Lexus GS F
  • Lexus NX 200t
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • Lincoln Town Car
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Mazda CX-7
  • Mazda CX-9 (XL)
  • Mazda Mazda5
  • Mazda Mazda6
  • Mazda Tribute
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van (XL)
  • Mercury Grand Marquis
  • Mercury Mariner
  • Mercury Mariner Hybrid
  • Mercury Milan
  • Mercury Milan Hybrid
  • Mercury Mountaineer (XL)
  • Mitsubishi Endeavor
  • Mitsubishi Galant
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan, 2014 and newer (XL)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (XL)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Altima Hybrid
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Pathfinder (XL)
  • Nissan Quest (XL)
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Nissan Rogue Select
  • Nissan Sentra Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Nissan Xterra
  • Pontiac G6
  • Pontiac Vibe
  • Saab 41887
  • Saab 9-4X
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Impreza Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Subaru Tribeca (XL)
  • Subaru WRX
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek 2014 and newer
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • Suzuki Kizashi
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Avalon Hybrid
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Toyota Highlander (XL)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid (XL)
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota RAV4 EV
  • Toyota Sienna (XL)
  • Toyota Venza
  • Volkswagen CC
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Volkswagen Jetta GLI
  • Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Volkswagen Routan (XL)
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Volkswagen Touareg
  • Volvo S60 Sedan, 2014 and newer
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volvo XC70

Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017)

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71 Replies to “Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2017)”

  1. I have a 98 Cadillac mint condition 100k miles and regular service checks. Can I use it in Fort Walton Beach fl.?

    1. Definitely, but it’s unlikely that any TNC platform would deem it acceptable. 😉 And that’s a shame.

      It’d be nice if the TNCs ultimately determine a cost-effective method to accurately evaluate the road-worthiness of any given vehicle above and beyond its model year. Case in point, there are more than a few 12-15 year old vehicles that are more roadworthy than some 2-5 year old vehicles. That’s because vehicle maintenance, and thus its condition and road-worthiness, varies significantly from one owner to another.

      However, it’s likely that government-mandated safety standards play a very large role in these determinations, so the above is probably moot. In other words, it’s not like anyone is retrofitting their ’66 Mustang with shoulder belts and driver and front passenger airbags!

  2. OK, so between 2001 and 2008, inclusive. This means that currently the oldest permitted vehicle in one city is 15 years old and another city is 8 years old — that’s nearly double the age difference! I find it very strange to have as much as a 7-year difference in oldest allowed vehicle age in different cities. Are there any actual *practical* reasons for this, or is this purely dictated by local city ordinances that are themselves likely arbitrary?

    1. So, what’s the deal with the stringent “2014 and newer” requirement on all the pedestrian economy models of each make (e.g. Cruze, Civic, Sentra, Corolla)?

    2. I drive a 2015 Ford Transit Connect XLT, LWB, Wagon that seats 6 passengers. It is not on any list anywhere, but was approved by Lyft for Lyft Plus and after an office visit to Uber, was approved for X and XL.

    3. I’m guessing it is just a list of vehicles known to be accepted. As for ages, it depends on the demand for drivers, if they feel that they can’t get more drivers for a city with modest pay increases they will permit older cars. Uber will keep the age requirement as strict as possible to meet demand. A city like SF is going to have a lot different demand than a city like Omaha.

  3. I own a 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT, in mint condition! Was wondering why it’s not on the lux list? It’s surely a luxury suv!

  4. Why is Ford Expedition not on the list, but the Explorer is? The expedition can hold more people and is bigger than an explorer.

    1. I’ve never heard of any maximum permissible mileage in any city. I suspect that it just hasn’t yet been identified as an issue by Uber. It’s likely sufficient for now, as they aggressively court additional drivers, to use vehicle age as a proxy. However, I suspect that, as the TNC industry matures and the driver pool stabilizes, mileage will be added to the criteria used to assess vehicle suitability. But, who knows, they might have mastered driverless vehicles by then and it’ll be a moot point. 😉

  5. Hello. I have a 2013 VW CC Sport Plus which my BF is considering driving for NYC Uber. Are there any restrictions on this car because of the sport package? For instance it is lower to the ground and has leatherette seats and privacy glass. Would this be okay for UberX or possibly UberXL?

  6. I have a 2010 Nissan Versa but it isn’t on the allowed car brands. Does that automatically disqualify me?

    1. I think the rule is applied based on the message the “wrap” delivers.

      Nature scenes would be okay, but “Eat at Joe’s Pizza” or “Al’s Limousine Service” would not.

      Check with your local Uber office for details.

  7. My husband’s car has just been purchased and in KY the temporary registration isn’t an obvious document. He has sent every paper that the dealer told him would work, but he just keeps receiving an automated response. help!

  8. I’m looking to drive with a ride-share company for extra money in the Orlando aera and wanting to use my 2005 Chrysler town n country its an lx but the list has xl. Can someone tell me the difference? I looked on Chryslers website and didn’t see the xl.

  9. I looked at the list, and it said Ford Taurus, is that only the sedan version or does it include the wagon version also, cause I have a 95 Taurus wagon with barely 100k on it. Would I be able to drive it?

  10. Moved here Albany, NY from other state and have Toyota Camry 2011, Can I drive this Car for uber.
    Is there any Uber office in Albany , NY?
    Please help me out

  11. I don’t see the Kia Forte5 (hatch) on this list and yet they’re offering $1000 cashback for Uber drivers on it?? Same with the Hyundai Elantra GT (Touring went away a few years ago). Where does this list come from?

  12. I have a 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood coupe; a very rare car of which 896 were made. It is in nice shape and I figured I’d be able to offer people rides in it at a higher rate than say someone offering a ride in a Toyota Corolla. Even if I only were requested once a month that would work out as I don’t really want to do it anyways but if someone is willing to pay for it then fine. Guess I’m wrong as it is “too old” by Uber’s rules and also not a four door. Ridiculous. Someone with a 1952 Rolls Royce that usually hires it out to weddings at $400 an hour can’t advertise their car on Uber to offer people rides in it if they wanted? Those working for Uber who think age equates junk in vehicles are obviously in the wrong business.

  13. I am about to buy a 2012 Hyundai Genesis and according to the list it qualifies for Uber select. But I wanted to know if a car qualifies for Uber Select can you use it for Uber X?

  14. I have a Saturn Outlook which is not on the list. But a GMC Acadia is approved. They are the same car with a different name. Why?!?!

    1. Uber has a hard time keeping up with the different car models.

      In my case, it was a Ford Transit Connect but only for picture identification. The above list is more of a way to differentiate between X and XL vehicle qualification.

      If you car has 4 doors and is newer than the approved age year in your city, you can use it in Uber service assuming it is in decent condition.

  15. Uber in their infinite wisdom mis-classified the Ford Transit Connect wagon as a full size van, most likely confusing it with the Commercial Ford Transit 150 Van, sorry Uber, just because they both have the word Transit in their name, doesn’t make them the same vehicle. The Transit connect seats 6 or 7 depending on the center seating arrangement, and is the perfect XL vehicle getting up to 28 mpg. If you allow the Kia minivan, and the Dodge Caravan, and the Toyota Sienna, and the Honda minivan, all of which are larger, than why ban the Transit Connect?

  16. I already drive for UBER……..if I add a vehicle that’s 2006 and that’s the oldest it is allowed…….can I still use it in the years to come??????

    1. Probably not. The age of a vehicle changes just as your age changes as time passes.

      Once your vehicle’s age exceeds the allowable age in your city, you will not be able to use it in Uber service.

      The permissable vehicle age difference from city to city is, most likely, determined by the local government agency.

  17. can i drive my honda element (2005) ? im super confused and im in california and i want to drive so bad …uncertainty looms.

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