The Complete Guide to UberX (for Riders and Drivers)
Uber (and rideshare in general) has become a part of contemporary culture. What started as a way for some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to easily hire a private driver has turned into a service so ubiquitous that people have started to use “Uber” as a verb. “I’m Ubering to the bar” or “I’ll just Uber there” are common phrases, particularly among highly connected millennials.
Yet with all the popularity of Uber, there still exists confusion about the different types of service that Uber offers. This is understandable, as it seems that the company is constantly adding new services or changing the names of existing ones.
To help clear the air, we’re going to take a look at the most common Uber service out there: UberX. We’ll examine what UberX is, reasons you should use it as an Uber rider, and conclude with some advice for would-be UberX drivers.
What Is UberX?
UberX is the flagship Uber service. If you open the Uber app, input a destination, and don’t change any of the default settings, then an UberX ride is what you’ll get. UberX offers low-cost, private rides in standard sedans or other vehicles that can hold at least four passengers. Your UberX ride won’t be fancy, but it will get you there far more cheaply and conveniently than a taxi will.
All UberX drivers are required to undergo a background check and DMV check, so you can be sure that you’ll be safe during your ride. Furthermore, you can rate your driver once the Uber ride finishes, which ensures that your driver is accountable for their conduct. Just remember that drivers can also rate you as a passenger, so always be polite and respectful towards your driver (and ensure that any fellow passengers do the same).
3 Reasons to Use UberX
With a range of other ride options out there, why should you choose UberX as a passenger? We’ve identified three main reasons that UberX is a great choice, though of course, you may have reasons of your own that aren’t listed here.
1. UberX Is Affordable
One of the main reasons to choose UberX is that you want an affordable ride. The service will almost always cost less than a taxi, and it will certainly be cheaper than hiring a chauffeur or other type of private driver.
The precise cost of an UberX ride will vary depending on the distance, ride time, and the current demand for Uber rides. To get an idea of how much your ride will cost, check out our free Uber fare estimator.
2. UberX Is Widely Available
Since UberX is the company’s flagship service, you can count on it being available anywhere that Uber operates. This makes it the most reliable way to get a ride in almost any U.S. city, as well as many major cities across the world. Other Uber services, in contrast, are not always available, particularly if you’re outside large cities.
3. UberX Is Convenient
Let’s face it: One of the main reasons to take Uber at all is that it’s more convenient than a taxi, public transit, or walking. It can even be more convenient than driving yourself, as you don’t have to worry about parking or the safety of your personal vehicle. And since UberX is the default Uber service, it’s also the most convenient to call — just open the app, input your destination, and tap “Request UberX.”
UberX Vehicles List
If you’re looking into being an Uber driver, you may be wondering what vehicle to get. The precise answer to this question will depend on your budget, location, and any other needs you have for your vehicle outside of driving for Uber. Still, we can offer a few recommendations that tend to work well for UberX and for daily driving. Here are some of our top picks:
- Toyota Camry
- Toyota Prius
- Honda Accord
- Ford Escape
All of these cars offer the reliability, fuel efficiency, and affordability that you want as an UberX driver. Sure, they won’t qualify you to drive for the higher-end, more lucrative Uber services, but they’re excellent if you want a car that you can drive for Uber part-time but can also use for other day-to-day activities.
Note that, in general, any car that’s less than 15 years old, can hold at least four passengers, and is in good condition will qualify for UberX. To learn more, check out our complete guide to Uber vehicle requirements.
To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions riders and drivers have about the UberX service.
1. How does UberX differ from other Uber ride types?
In addition to UberX, there are many other Uber services out there. Here are a few of them, as well as how they differ from UberX:
- UberXL — The main difference between UberXL and UberX is the passenger capacity of the vehicles. UberXL vehicles must be able to hold at least six passengers, which means that only vans, SUVs, and some trucks will be eligible to drive for the service.
- UberBLACK — This is Uber’s high-end car service. To drive for UberBLACK, you need to be a professional driver with commercial insurance. UberBLACK cars have black exteriors and black leather interiors. Brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and even Tesla are common with this service. The main difference compared to UberX is the quality of the vehicles and the professionalism of the drivers. Of course, the price is also accordingly higher, often two times that of UberX.
- UberSELECT — This service is somewhere between UberX and UberBLACK. It’s a higher-end service than UberX, with cars to match. However, the vehicle requirements aren’t as strict as those for UberBLACK, making it more accessible for both riders and drivers.
- UberSUV — This is the high-capacity version of UberBLACK. Or, you can think of it as the luxury version of UberXL. Either way, UberSUV rides are some of the most expensive out there, as they require high-capacity luxury vehicles.
- UberPOOL — UberPOOL uses the same vehicles and drivers as UberX, but riders can save money by sharing their ride with passengers headed in the same direction. Other than that, the experience for drivers and passengers is essentially the same as UberX.
- UberLUX — UberLUX is like UberBLACK, but it’s even nicer. The exclusive service is only available in select U.S. cities, and the vehicles are the fanciest on the market. Think Rolls-Royce, Porsche, and Jaguar. Naturally, these rides are far more expensive and elusive than UberX rides.
- UberTAXI — In certain cities, you can use the Uber app to hail a metered taxi. This has improved the taxi experience, while also bringing Uber into markets where taxi drivers heavily opposed the service in its regular form.
- UberWAV — Only available in select cities, UberWAV connects riders with wheelchair accessible vehicles. All UberWAV drivers must also undergo training in how to assist people with disabilities.
2. Are there any special requirements to be an UberX driver?
All UberX drivers must undergo a background check, meet the UberX vehicle requirements, and remain in good standing with the platform. Other than that, UberX is a fairly easy service to qualify for, especially compared to the other Uber services and their stricter vehicle requirements.
3. Is driving for UberX worth it?
Now that you know about all the other Uber services out there, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to drive for UberX. The answer, in general, is yes. However, if you do have a vehicle that will qualify for another Uber service such as UberXL or UberBLACK, we recommend driving for that service as well. The fares will be much higher, and the passengers will tend to be more polite and tip better than those you get with UberX.
4. Does Lyft have an equivalent for UberX?
The Lyft equivalent of UberX is simply called “Lyft.” In practice, we often refer to it as the “regular Lyft service” or “regular Lyft ride.” You can learn more about riding with Lyft here.
Use UberX to Get Where You Need to Go
We hope this guide has helped you understand the basics of UberX. The service offers a convenient way to get to your destination for an affordable price. As a driver, UberX is an excellent entry into the world of Uber driving, especially if your goal is just to make some extra money on the side. To learn more about the Uber service in general, check out our series of Uber guides.