Lyft Premier Cars: Which Vehicles Can You Drive for the Service?

If you’re a Lyft driver, then you’re no doubt looking for ways to increase your income. There are lots of ways to do this, including offering amenities to passengers (in order to boost tips), purchasing a more fuel efficient vehicle (to reduce gas costs), and driving in areas with higher demand.

One overlooked strategy, however, is to drive for the higher-end Lyft services. If you’re only driving for the regular Lyft service, you could be missing out on a whole world of higher fares and wealthier clientele. To access these fares, you’ll need to drive for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black. Both of these services offer much higher fares than the regular Lyft service does. However, these higher fares come with additional requirements. Most importantly, you need to drive a vehicle that fits the service.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at the cars you can drive for Lyft Lux (formerly known as Lyft Premier). This way, you’ll know if you have a qualifying vehicle (or if it’s worth purchasing a new vehicle to drive for the service).

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Lyft Lux vs Lyft Premier

To clear up any confusion, Lyft Lux is the same as Lyft Premier. As of June 27, 2018, Lyft changed the name of the service. We’re not exactly sure why, though it was probably for branding reasons. Whatever the reason for the name change, know that Lyft Lux is the new name for Lyft Premier. Anyone who calls it “Lyft Premier” is using outdated terminology.

A List of Eligible Lyft Lux Vehicles

Now that you understand what Lyft Lux is, let’s take a look at the vehicles you can drive for the service. Before we present the list, note that all vehicles mentioned must be model year 2011 or newer (2015 or newer if there’s a “^” next to the vehicle’s name).

Here are the vehicles currently eligible for Lyft Lux:

  • Acura — ILX^, MDX, RDX, RL, RLX, TLX^
  • Alfa Romeo — Giulia
  • Audi — A4, A4 Allroad, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q5, Q7, RS4, RS7, S4, S6, S7, S8, SQ5
  • Bentley — Continental Flying Spur, Mulsanne
  • BMW — 3 Series, 5 Series, 4 Series Gran Coupe, 6 Series Gran Coupe, 7 Series, ActiveHybrid 5, ActiveHybrid 7, ActiveHybrid X6, ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe, ALPINA B7, M5, M6 Gran Coupe, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6
  • Buick — Enclave, Envision, LaCrosse, Regal, Regal Sportback
  • Cadillac — ATS, ATS-V, CT6, CTS, CTS Wagon, CTS-V, CTS-V Wagon, DTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, SRX, STS, XT5, XTS
  • Chevrolet — Suburban, Tahoe
  • Chrysler — 300^
  • Ford — Expedition^, Explorer^
  • Genesis — G80, G90
  • GMC — Acadia, Acadia Denali, Acadia Limited, Yukon, Yukon Denali, Yukon Limited
  • Hyundai — Equus, Genesis
  • Infiniti — FX, FX35, FX50, G37, JX, M, M35, M37, M45, M56, Q40, Q45, Q50, Q70, QX, QX50, QX56, QX60, QX70, QX80
  • Jaguar — F-Pace, X-Type, XF, XJ
  • Kia — K900
  • Land Rover — Discovery, LR4, Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar
  • Lexus — ES, GS, GX, IS, LS, LX, NX, RX
  • Lincoln — Continental, MKC, MKS, MKT, MKX, MKZ, Navigator, Town Car
  • Maserati — Ghibli, Levante, Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz — 300-Class, 350-Class, 400-Class, 420-Class, 500-Class, 560-Class, C-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, E55 AMG, G-Class, GL-Class, GLA-Class, GLC-Class, GLE-Class, GLK-Class, GLS-Class, M-Class, ML55 AMG, Maybach, R-Class, S-Class
  • Nissan — Armada^
  • Porsche — Cayenne, Macan
  • Rolls-Royce — Ghost, Phantom
  • Tesla — Model 3, Model S, Model X
  • Toyota — Land Cruiser, Sequoia
  • Volkswagen — Atlas, Touareg
  • Volvo — S60, S80, S90, XC60, XC90

As you can see, these are all premium vehicles. The cheapest of them will cost upwards of $40,000, so you should think carefully before purchasing one just for the purpose of driving it for Lyft Lux.

Though the fares for Lyft Lux are much higher than the regular Lyft service (around double for the same ride), you should still do the math to see if your increased earnings would warrant the higher monthly payment that one of these vehicles would require.

Of course, if you already happen to own one of the vehicles listed above, then go right ahead and drive if for Lyft Lux. You’re missing out unnecessarily if you only use it to give regular Lyft rides.

Lyft Lux Black and Lyft Lux Black XL Vehicles

In addition to Lyft Lux, Lyft also offers services called Lyft Lux Black and Lyft Lux Black XL. The choice of the “Black” adjective is no doubt an attempt to compete with UberBLACK, which is Uber’s high-end black car service. How do these two services differ from Lyft Lux? The main differences have to do with vehicle age, vehicle color, and the specific vehicles allowed on the service. In the case of Lux Black XL rides, vehicle passenger capacity is also a consideration.

Here are the requirements your vehicle will need to meet to drive it for Lyft Lux Black or Lyft Lux Black XL:

  • Your vehicle’s exterior needs to be black and in excellent condition
  • Your vehicle must have leather or leather-like seats
  • Keep your driver rating at 4.7 stars or above to receive Lux Black requests
  • To give Lux Black XL rides, your vehicle must comfortably seat 6 riders or more

Here are the vehicles you can drive for the services. Note that all vehicles for Lyft Lux Black and Lyft Lux Black XL must be model year 2013 or newer (2016 or newer denoted with ^; 2018 or newer denoted with ^^ on the following list):

  • Acura —  MDX, RLX
  • Audi — A6, A7, A8, Q7, RS7, S6, S7, S8
  • Bentley — Continental Flying Spur, Mulsanne
  • BMW — 5 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe, 7 Series, ActiveHybrid 5, ActiveHybrid 7, Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, Alpina B7, M5, M6 Gran Coupe, X5
  • Buick — Enclave, LaCrosse
  • Cadillac — CT6, CTS, CTS Wagon, CTS-V, CTS-V Wagon, Escalade
  • Escalade — ESV, SRX, XT5, XTS
  • Chevrolet — Suburban, Tahoe
  • Ford — Expedition^^
  • Genesis — G80, G90
  • GMC — Yukon
  • Hyundai — Equus
  • Infiniti — FX, JX, M, M37, M56, Q70, QX, QX56, QX60, QX80
  • Jaguar — F-Pace, XF, XJ-Series
  • Land Rover — Discovery^, LR4, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar
  • Lexus — ES, GS, GX, LS, LX, RX
  • Lincoln — Continental^, MKS, MKT, MKX, MKZ, Navigator
  • Maserati — Ghibli, Levante, Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz — E-Class, E55 AMG, G-Class, GL-Class, GLS-Class, M-Class, Maybach, ML55 AMG, R-Class, S-Class
  • Porsche — Cayenne
  • Rolls Royce — Ghost, Phantom
  • Tesla — Model 3, Model S, Model X
  • Toyota — Land Cruiser, Sequoia
  • Volkswagen — Atlas
  • Volvo — S80, S90, XC90

As you can see, there’s a good bit of overlap between the vehicles you can drive for Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux Black and Black XL. Still, there are fewer cars that meet the requirements overall, which comes from the fact that Lux Black and Lux Black XL rides are meant to be even higher-end than Lyft Lux. If someone is paying almost three times the regular Lyft fare (a rate not uncommon for Lux Black rides), then they want to get the best. There can be no compromises on the luxury of the vehicle.

Drive Premium Vehicles to Earn Premium Fares

If you want to earn higher fares as a Lyft driver, then driving for Lyft Lux, Lyft Lux Black, or Lyft Lux Black XL is a sure-fire way to do it. You just have to decide if the extra costs of owning and maintaining the nicer vehicles are worth it for the additional fares.

Do you also drive for Uber and are curious which vehicles are eligible to give higher-end Uber rides such as UberBLACK? Check out our complete guide to the types of Uber cars.