Uber Car Year Requirements for UberX & XL (2016)

Uber Car Year Requirements and Accepted Vehicle Models for UberX and UberXL

What are the Uber Car Year Requirements in 2016? 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.

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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 affiliate 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)
  • HUMMER H3
  • 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

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Comments

  • P

    I have a 2006 Volvo S60 can I use it as a uber vehicle in San Antonio Texas

  • Melody Hogan

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

  • Pontiac Montana

    This list is bullshit. Doesn’t list my car and I drive for both Uber and Lyft

  • Greg Stickley

    No.

  • Walter White

    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?

  • Walter White

    Based solely on the above “Volvo S60 Sedan, 2014 and newer”, I’d say no.

  • Walter White

    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!

  • Walter White

    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)?

  • Aimee

    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!

  • Minh

    I hope it is! I have a 2008 Hyundai Elantra SE!

  • Frank

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

  • blickity

    Is there a mileage maximum for an uberx car in San Francisco?

  • bobby

    hi, i want to buy a kia sorento. can I use it for uber xl?

  • It’s a ‘pre-approved’ list of cars, not an ‘exclusive’ list…

  • thomasah

    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.

  • Shannon

    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?

  • Diana Hatcher

    what is the year requirement in orlando, fl and can i use a prius?

  • steven

    2016 kia soul meet uber qualification

  • Marcee

    I drive for uber and thinking of getting a new car does a 2016 Honda Accord qualify for uber select?

  • Mike Critz

    Does the UBER XL have to be black, black leather interior? Leather interior?

  • Gilbert Garcia

    It’s missing Fiat

  • Jessica P., Upland CA USA

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

  • stuart brenton

    I have a 2001 Boxster Porsche with only 30K miles. would this be acceptable?

  • reg barclay

    No, you could try anyway. I’ve had a car approved that isn’t on the list.

  • Walter White

    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. 😉

  • Walter White

    If you’ve not yet done so, see the reply from thomasah below since it also addresses your question.

  • Walter White

    No.

  • Gary Anderson

    I have a 2003 Honda Accord 4 door. Can I use it in Las Vegas?

  • Tammy Ballan

    What if your vehicle has a wrap? Is that considered a “marked car?”

  • Tammy Ballan

    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!

  • I’d say a wrap is the very definition of a marked car

  • That car isn’t a sedan or larger. You need a sedan at least. At least 4 doors and 4 passengers

  • elephant4life

    Seating five people in a sedan can be pretty cramped. Can the vehicle be a crossover, SUV, or van?

  • Mike

    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.

  • PilgrimsProgress

    Is a 2012 Chevy Volt ok for driving Uber in the Dallas/Fort Worth. It is a 4 door sedan with 4 seats. Will it be approved?

  • Chris

    I own a 2016 Chevy Silverado 4 door is this acceptable in Fayetteville ar

  • Austin Butteling

    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?

  • King

    I can see Toyota Highlander in the list, but not the Toyota 4 Runner, wondering why?

  • Rahim Karimi

    i have 2007 honda accord can i use it ?

  • Mac Howard

    I have a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee in near Mint condition im in Roanoke Va would this work???Please help me

  • Mac Howard

    want to use this jeep for uber

  • pervez

    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

  • Liz M

    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?

  • RB

    I have a 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood coupe with less than 125,000 miles; a very rare car of which 896 were made and which after the driver can hold a further 5 passengers if needed. 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.

  • RB

    You might be able to drive for them but you sure have a bad taste in cars.

  • RB

    Duh.. the wagon is still the sedan. There is no Taurus coupe.

  • Victoria

    I have a 2014 Kia Soul, it’s not on the list?!?! It’s a mid size SUV. Is this a vehicle that can be used?

  • erick lee

    can i use a 4 door truck ??

  • erick lee

    can i use a 4 door truck
    what is the oldest year
    and max milage??

  • Rory Macdonald

    Can’t I use a 2016 Subaru Impreza 5 door?

  • IG @Cashcartelcapo

    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?

  • chuck

    how is this a xl Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan, 2014

  • Alonzo

    There’s no need to disrespect that man’s vehicle

  • Trapper

    I know in Lexington, Ky. I have ridden in a four door Toyota Tacoma recently.

  • Allison

    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?!?!

  • TOMK777

    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?

  • Kareem

    I have a 2012 Honda Civic LX
    Sedan
    That should quality ? Correct ?

  • Kareem

    Qualify *

  • Akeem James

    2004 Acura MDX Touring 4WD does that work for NEW JERSEY

  • Patrick Pellegrino

    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??????

  • matt castle

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

  • Jose

    I have a 2017 civic hatch can I use that as long if it had 4 doors I should be fine right?

  • Jim Cambron

    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.

  • Jim Cambron

    Visit your local Uber office for assistance or simply apply for permanant registration.

  • Jim Cambron

    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.

  • Jim Cambron

    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.

  • Jim Cambron

    Yes, but as I understand it, if you accept an Uber X hail, you get Uber X pay.

  • Jim Cambron

    If it has 4 passenger doors, then yes.

  • Debbie

    2016 Buick Enclave ? For Uber XL or Uber Select in Palm Springs, Ca? its a 7 seater…

  • Michael F

    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.

    Certain cars have more strict requirements because they were fully redesigned usually with much more rear leg room (i.e. Chevy Cruze)

  • Desislava Ivanova Yoncheva

    Can I use Kia niro eco hybrid? I don’t see in to the list

  • Ang

    Hi all. May i know Mazda 3 2015 was classified in which category? Tqvm