If you’ve tried Uber, no matter which car type you hailed, you’ve probably gotten used to the convenient features and reliable service. If you’re looking to really up your rideshare game, you need to try out UberXL.
With Uber’s many options such as UberX, UberPOOL, UberBLACK, and UberXL, it can be a bit tricky to pick out which service is best.
This article will give you a complete overview of the UberXL service and provide you with tips and tricks to make the most out of this vehicle type.
You’ve seen it on your app multiple times, but what exactly is an UberXL, and how is it different from other types?
UberXL is the vehicle type that fits larger groups of people and overall has more room in the interior of the car. In comparison to the UberX, which can only fit a group of four, UberXL can transport a group of up to six people.
UberXL drivers are required to have bigger cars which can be used not just to accommodate more people but to fit in big luggage as well. Taking a trip with the family? Have a big group that all needs a ride? This type has you covered.
UberBLACK vs. UberXL
Some people confuse UberXL and UberBLACK, but they are two entirely different services.
UberBLACK is a luxury black car service which books the black SUVs or luxury sedans for passengers, while UberXL doesn’t necessarily have to be luxurious, just big enough to fit a minimum of six passengers. Big and luxurious SUVs can qualify for both UberBLACK and UberXL.
You might be lucky and occasionally get a super nice vehicle as an XL (I once got a Tesla), but usually it will just be bigger than a regular UberX.
Another difference between UberXL and the higher-end services are the attire of the driver. UberBLACK and UberSUV drivers will usually wear a shirt and tie, or other dressy clothes, while an UberXL driver will likely be wearing something equivalent to jeans and a T-shirt.
Not only that, but you have to be a professional driver to drive for UberBLACK and UberSUV. That means your driver will have a commercial license and commercial insurance.
There are a few requirements a vehicle must meet before being approved for service. Specific requirements vary based on city, but the general UberXL requirements are as follows:
- Four-door, must seat six or more passengers excluding the driver
- Model year 2002 or newer*
- In-state car insurance
- In-state plates
- Current car registration
- No marked, taxi, or salvaged vehicles
- Pass the Uber vehicle inspection
*Uber car requirements vary by city for the corresponding year. It is currently year 2006 or newer in some cities.
A few examples of cars that would likely meet these requirements include…
|Toyota Highlander||Subaru Tribeca||Dodge Durango||Honda Odyssey & Pilot||Chevrolet Traverse|
|Ford Explorer||Kia Sorento||Ford Flex||Hyundai Sante Fe||Dodge Journey|
|Toyota Sienna||Dodge Grand Caravan||Volkswagen Tiguan||Chrysler Town and Country||GMC Acadia|
These are just among a handful of the qualified cars for UberXL. There are still many others that can be approved for the service, but this list should give drivers a general idea of the type of vehicle that would qualify.
When you’re using UberXL, you will pay more than you would for UberX. This is because of the larger vehicles, which due to their increased size are more expensive to operate, maintain, fuel, and finance.
That being said, UberXL isn’t that much more expensive than UberX. Using our fare estimator, we checked the price of an UberXL trip from the Chicago Midway Airport to Millennium Park. Here’s how the prices stacked up between UberX and UberXL:
In this case, the UberXL fare would be anywhere from $15 to $19 more than UberX. That may seem like a lot, but it’s cheaper than the cost of two separate UberX rides. To get your own fare estimates for both Uber and Lyft rides, use our free tool.
Booking the UberXL service is just like booking any other Uber ride.
Once the rider opens the Uber app, the default can either be UberPOOL or UberX, depending on the location. To be able to select UberXL, the rider would first have to enter his or her destination.
After that, a slider will appear where the rider can choose the type of service to book. Once the rider taps on the UberXL icon the button should say “Request UberXL.” The rider should then confirm the booking.
When to Book UberXL
Booking an UberXL is ideal for large groups, such as a family or a group of friends, who are traveling together to a single destination.
It’s also an ideal service to choose for those coming in from the airport who brought several pieces of luggage. UberXL rides can provide enough cargo space to make every piece of luggage fit.
Whatever you do, don’t try to cram extra people or an excessive amount of luggage into an UberX ride. You may think you’re saving yourself money, but all you’re doing is wasting your and the driver’s time. Pay the little extra bit of money to get an UberXL; you’ll be happy you did.
Ride Large With UberXL
We hope you now understand the benefits of using UberXL, including how it can help you carry large numbers of passengers or just a lot of stuff. Booking UberXL is no different than a regular UberX ride, though you will pay a bit extra for the additional space.
Want to book a larger Lyft ride? Check out Lyft XL, which offers a similar service.
Have you booked an UberXL? How was the service? Let us know in the comments!