Updated Feb 14, 2019 – One of the great benefits of being a rideshare driver is that there are many different service types you can provide. For instance, If you drive an SUV you will be able to drive as a Lyft XL driver, and if you drive a fancy Mercedes you can drive with Lyft Lux!

In order to provide the higher end service types you must:

  • Meet Lyft’s general driver and vehicle requirements
  • Drive a car that qualifies for each service and is on the accepted vehicle list

Remember! These are general lists provided by Lyft, even if you car is not on this list it may still qualify for the service. The best way to check if your car qualifies for Lyft is to start the sign up process. If your vehicle is not accepted during sign up get in touch with the Lyft Driver services team to see if you qualify.

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Driver and Vehicle Basic Requirements

There are some general requirements that vehicles and their drivers need to meet driving for Lyft in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. 

Driver Requirements:

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Personal vehicle insurance
  • Proof of work eligibility

Vehicle Requirements:

  • Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) – For more information on the criteria your vehicle will need to meet to pass the inspection, see Lyft’s website
  • Ontario License Plate
  • 4 doors
  • Vehicle model must be 7 years old or newer 
  • 5-8 seats including the driver. If your vehicle has 7-8 seats (including the driver seat) you can accept Lyft Plus rides as well, which can make you more money.
  • Snow or all-weather tires from December 1 to April 30 

Check out our Guide on Driving for Lyft in Toronto and the GTA for more information. 

Lyft & Lyft XL Car List

To drive for Lyft and Lyft XL you must drive a vehicle that is 7 years old or newer.

For the regular Lyft service, you must have a 4 door vehicle that fits 4 passengers. If you want to drive for Lyft XL, you must have a vehicle like a van or SUV that fits up to 6 passengers.

While there’s no publicly available list of cars that are eligible for these service types, drivers have reported it is similar to the UberX and UberXL car list and have had no issue driving for Lyft when they have already qualified for Uber.

Lyft Lux: Car List and Requirements

Lyft’s Lux service offers drivers to make higher rates on the fares by offering rides with a luxury vehicle.

In order to qualify for Lyft Lux, you must maintain a 4.7 rating and have an approved vehicle capable of transporting 4 passengers.

Generally, your car must be a 2011 or newer unless there is a ^ beside the model type, then it must be 2015 or newer.

The approved vehicles for Lyft Lux in Toronto are:

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, EClass, 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

This approved car list for Lyft LUX last updated by Lyft June 27, 2018. The service type used to be referred to as Lyft Premier. This list was still in effect as of February, 2019. 

Looking for the Uber Car list? We have you covered!

Lyft Black and Lyft Black SUV Car List and Requirements

Lyft Black & Lyft Black SUV services allow drivers with black luxury cars to earn even higher rates on the fares than with Lyft, Lyft XL, or Lyft Lux rides. 

Like Lyft Lux, you need to maintain a 4.7 rating. Your vehicle must be in excellent condition, have a black exterior and leather or leather-like seats.

Lyft Black is for 4 passengers and Lyft Black SUV is for at least 6 passengers. You can however, still receive Lyft Black trip requests while driving a qualified Black SUV.

Generally, your vehicle must be a 2013 or newer, however if there is a ^ beside the model type it must be a 2016 or newer and ^^ means it must be a 2018 or newer. 

The approved vehicle car list for Lyft Black and Lyft Black SUV in Toronto are:

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

This approved car list for Lyft Black & Lyft Black SUV was last updated by Lyft as of June 27, 2018. This list was still in effect as of February, 2019. The service type used to be referred to as Lyft Lux.

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Lyft City List: Ontario, Canada

In Canada, Lyft has only expanded to Ontario so far. They are currently operating in the following cities:

  • Ajax
  • Bowmanville
  • Brampton
  • Burlington
  • Hamilton
  • Markham
  • Milton
  • Mississauga
  • Newmarket
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Ottawa
  • Richmond Hill
  • Toronto
  • Vaughan

All the service types listed in the introduction are available in Toronto and the surrounding area. This is essentially one region for the purpose of learning which vehicles you can drive for each service type. 

In Ottawa, there is no Lyft car list because they only offer two services: Lyft and Lyft XL. As long as you meet the local requirements, you are set. You can get more information by checking out our Driving for Lyft in Ottawa Guide.

For more information check out Lyft’s website on these services. To find out if you qualify to drive with Lyft, head over to our Get Started With Lyft Guide for Toronto and the GTA or Ottawa.

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