In the battle of Lyft vs Uber, the race toward profitability has been anything but smooth.
Despite the growing popularity of both ride-hailing apps, neither company has been able to fully swallow the competition. While—at the moment—market leader Uber, has a 3-year head start, constant scandals have elevated Lyft to new heights.
We were curious about ride-hailing apps and about the way people both perceive and use Lyft vs Uber. So we reached out to roughly 800 Uber and Lyft users using SurveyMonkey Audience. The results tell us that even though both apps deliver excellent user experiences, people tend to choose one or the other based on cost and company reputation.
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Great news! Both Uber and Lyft users are overwhelmingly satisfied with their ride-hailing app of choice. Less than 2% of users switch apps because of poor functionality, even though 89% say app functionality is extremely or very important.
Both the Uber and Lyft apps deliver an excellent user experience to their customers. In fact, these experiences are so similar that we see 1 in 5 Uber and Lyft users overlap.
86% of all users say that the cost of a ride is extremely or very important to them. Some of these savvy users use third-party apps to compare the cost of a ride on Uber and Lyft before they decide which service to ride with.
Younger users care more about cost than older users do. 91% of millennials say the cost of a ride is extremely or very important, versus 80% of those over 65. However, since people under 30 are more than twice as likely to use a ride-hailing app, their preferences should be given more weight.
Almost a third of people who switch ride-hailing apps do so because they find better deals on another app. Users say they care equally about cost and pick-up time, but very few switch apps because they find a faster pick-up time somewhere else. This suggests that, for many users, cost beats convenience.
With all the bad press Uber has had this year, it not surprising that some people are ready to jump ship. Almost a quarter of all users have switched their primary ride-hailing app at some point, and a third of users switch because they’ve heard something good or bad about a particular app.
Interestingly, older users say they care more about company reputation, but still overwhelmingly prefer Uber over Lyft. While 86% of people over 65 say company reputation is extremely or very important, 83% of them use Uber. People over 65 are much less likely to use Lyft and much less likely to switch apps based on company reputation.
Millennials aren’t super worried about company reputation either. Just 69% of millennials say company reputation is extremely or very important to them, the lowest of any age group. This ambivalence could help explain how, despite the numerous scandals, Uber grew its revenue this year. Of course, Lyft grew more this year.
While the battle between Lyft vs Uber has sprouted some sour grapes in the last year, the conflict has overall been beneficial for the people who use ride-hailing apps. Fierce competition has kept costs low and, this year especially, held the apps accountable for their company reputation.