13 Japanese Cars That Are Worth Every Dollar (And 10 To Avoid) (2022)

Japanese cars are known worldwide for their quality, reliability, and value, regardless of how much you’re willing to shell out to buy one. Even though that’s a highly-regarded truth, there’s some myth in that statement. Not EVERY Japanese car is impeccable. Even among the big companies like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, there are some hiccups every now and again.

Updated March 2022: JDM cars are known for being reliable. Each year, though, several models break from this trend and leave car owners wishing they went European or American. Japan deserves better, and we've updated this list to help you decide which models to avoid and which are worth every penny, so you aren't left wanting to go domestic.

Japanese automakers have also earned the trust of customers around the world by expanding their factories to countries outside of Japan. They've shown that their quality isn’t limited just to Japan—it can be transferred to other countries. Even so, after a certain age, many Japanese cars start to wear down and show severe signs of malfunctioning.

Sports and performance cars usually require a lot of maintenance because of what they are and how they’re driven—but when you start to see sedans and hatchbacks and SUVs that have quality issues, it raises some serious causes for concern. And while most of these cars have been produced for ten years or more, sometimes many more, it’s usually just a few bad apples that ruin the reputation for the rest.

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23 Avoid: 2018 Nissan Titan

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A big truck seems to be the favorite vehicle of millions these days. When looking for a full-size truck, the Titan is an excellent alternative to Ford and Chevrolet. Be wary, though; the 2018 models have more problems than is worth and may have you wishing you sprung for American. The 2018 model has four NHTSA recalls on the books, which are never a good sign for longevity.

The Nissan Titan rates well overall with RepairPal and Consumer Reports, yet the 2018 model has more than its fair share of issues. Anything from the transmission to the fuel pump to electronics can go wrong for this model year, making it one Japanese car to avoid.

22 Avoid: 1996-2003 Honda Accord

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It’s well known that Honda has released some of the safest and most dependable cars on the market. Hondas frequently rank as some of the best automobiles in terms of dependability, resale value, and safety. And if you’re looking to get a new Accord, you should be fine. But not all cars are created equal. Simply put, you shouldn’t buy an Accord that was made between 1996 and 2003.

These late fifth- and all the sixth-generation models are plagued with transmission failures. Usually, the failure shows up after the 90,000-mile mark, which can be devastating and expensive. Replacements can cost close to $2,000. After a class-action lawsuit because of these problems, Accords in the 2000 to 2001 range were given extended warranties, but many of those warranties have now expired.

21 Avoid: 2005-2010 Nissan Pathfinder

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The Pathfinder has been around since 1985 and has been a top-selling SUV ever since. They were one of Nissan’s first SUVs, built on Nissan’s compact pickup truck platform. They were once known as very reliable cars, but many of the third-generation R51 series cars have some serious problems.

The primary problem with these cars, like the ‘96-’03 Accords before them, is widespread transmission failures. But their cause is entirely different. Pathfinders of this era suffer from a defect in the coolant system, causing leakage. A leak in the coolant line then leaks into the transmission, causing damages that could cost upwards of $3,500 to fix. And the problems don’t stop there—these Pathfinders also have fuel-system problems and body/paint problems. It’s best to stay away from third-gen Pathfinders altogether.

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20 Avoid: 2003 Acura TL (Automatic Only)

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The Acura TL is a mid-size luxury car from Honda, introduced in 1995 to replace the Acura Vigor. Production on the cars stopped in 2014, but it's only a single year of production that you have to worry about, namely, 2003. Like other Hondas, the TL has some transmission issues. But even then, it’s only the automatic transmission cars you have to worry about.

Honda’s poor transmission design on this car causes improper fluid flow, which leads to transmission overheating. Sometimes, this overheating happens at 50,000 miles, and sometimes, it’s into the 100,000s, but it'll most likely happen at some point. Some people blame the 3.2-liter V6 engine, but no one is sure. Just know that the 4-speed automatic TL’s transmission doesn't match the car's other qualities.

19 Avoid: 1996-2001 Honda Prelude (Automatic, Mostly)

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The Honda Prelude is a sports coupe that was around from 1978 until 2001. This two-door car based on the Accord lived for five generations. The Prelude competed with the Toyota Celica, the Nissan Silvia, and the Mitsubishi Eclipse, eventually losing the race after being replaced by the Honda Integra DC5. But they’re still cool cars… all except the automatic transmission fifth-generation cars borne from 1996 to 2001.

For whatever reason, the gearshift is poorly made and grinds/malfunctions when going into fifth gear. This problem even happens on some manual models but mostly on automatics. Unless maintained to a pristine level, your Prelude’s transmission will eventually fall apart, so it’s a good idea just to get a manual if you absolutely have to have a Prelude from 1996 to 2001.

18 Avoid: 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse (Automatic Only)

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One of the main cars that were responsible for putting the above entry out of commission is the Mitsubishi Eclipse, which was around between 1989 and 2012. This four-generation compact sports car is a favorite amongst modders and racers. But the 2001 model and the automatic transmission cars, in particular, had their fair share of problems.

As usual, it all comes back to the transmission. These 4-speed automatics have a manufacturing defect where the wave cushion spring that’s located in the transmission often breaks down, leading to disastrous transmission failures. After the breakdown, this two-coil piece will launch through the filter and into the pump gear, which causes the pump gear to break and shut off all of the Eclipse’s gears. It can happen on low mileage, too, which, as you can see, is quite a catastrophic problem.

17 Avoid: 2004-2005 Mazda RX-8

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The Mazda RX-7 developed a cult following due to its style and finesse. But even those cars had their problems (I know this first-hand because my dad had an RX-7 that blew up in flames while parked due to an engine malfunction.) Its predecessor, the RX-8, never cultivated the same following, but it’s still a cool car… except for the 2004 to 2005 models.

Through its 10-year run (2002 to 2012), these two particular year models were known to burn through oil and fuel rapidly, requiring near-constant maintenance. Because of its rotary engine and the fact that rotary engines wear down quickly without care, they were doomed from the start. What happens is the air and fuel mixture in the engine leaks from one combustion chamber to another, lowering compression and reducing engine efficiency.

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16 Avoid: 2004-2013 Infiniti QX56

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The Infiniti QX56, though built on the luxury brand of Nissan, was created to compete with the Range Rover, but it failed. After 2013, in a move we assume was done to cover up these issues and rebrand the car, the QX56 was renamed the "QX80." Up until then, though, this “luxury” SUV was chocked full of problems.

Consumer reports claimed that the rotors on these cars could warp in just mere weeks and that the brakes had to be replaced every 2,500 to 3,000 miles (just about every oil change!). The main reason the brakes suck so bad is that the car is massive, with a 5,600 lb curb weight, but was fitted with small brakes. However, after the rename in 2014, the vehicles improved in quality.

15 Avoid: 2012-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

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We aren’t sure of the exact date range of Mitsubishi Mirages that you should avoid, but we know it’s the second generation models (maybe all of them). The problem with these cars—which were produced first as hatchbacks between 1978 and 2003 and then as subcompact hatchback/sedan cars from 2012 to the present—is that they have bad interior mechanics.

Even with a low price tag of just $15,395 for the base model and with 37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, Consumer Reports cautions buyers not to choose this car. They say that this three-cylinder car is noisy and has sluggish acceleration. So, the interior, the handling, the acceleration, and the noise are all an issue… Not good, Mirage. Not good.

14 Avoid: 2009-2010 Nissan 370Z

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Known as the "Fairlady Z Z34" in Japan, the Nissan 370Z is a sleek, two-seater sports car produced from 2009 until the present and acting as the sixth-generation model of Nissan’s Z-car line. During its eight-year run, the 370Z has gone largely unnoticed in complaints—all except the 2009 to 2010 models.

The main problem with these first-year cars (and which hurt future sales because it was their freshman and sophomoric efforts) came from a faulty steering-lock column. After people were left stranded on the road (or in their driveway), Nissan made a massive recall of the 370Z. But the recall wasn’t big enough, as many VINs were left out. So, what you can do is either a) Call Nissan to see if yours is on the list of recalled cars, b) Check the VIN number and find out yourself, or c) avoid the “early years” 370Z altogether.

13 Avoid: 2000-2001 Toyota Celica GT-S

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Just like Honda, Toyota is usually known for its reliable, durable cars. The Celica is no different—since the early ‘70s, these cars have been pretty sweet rides, providing both reliability and style in one package. But the 2000 to 2001 models, the GT-S in particular, has malfunctions that should cause any diligent buyer to ask some difficult questions.

These seventh-generation Celicas, like the Infiniti QX56, has sluggish/acceleration problems. Their response time just isn’t right, and when you’re trying to drive a flashy sports car, that can be a big detriment. These problems can sometimes be fixed with a new oil pump and filter. Other times, the EVAP system needs to be replaced, which is a pretty big problem in its own right. All in all, the problems plaguing the Celica GT-S (2000 to 2001) are more of a nuisance than a serious problem, but it still causes reason to be cautious.

12 Worth It: 2017 Mazda CX-5

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The Mazda CX-5 is a great subcompact crossover SUV that was introduced in 2013 and is still in production to this day. It’s the first Mazda vehicle with “Skyactiv Technology,” which gives it a newly efficient engine and transmission, reduced emissions and fuel consumption, and a new, rigid, lightweight platform.

The 2017 model was also completely redesigned, giving it more room and more supportive seats, thus allowing it to seat four adults comfortably. The cabin is sleek and upscale, the trim levels are equipped with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts, low-speed automatic braking, and a backup camera. And best of all, they start at just $24,045! This car will give you a smooth ride, nice handling, and a great, spacious interior. What’s not to love?

11 Worth It: 2017 Toyota Prius

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Toyota’s full-hybrid electric car, the Prius, is quickly becoming one of the most common cars on the road. It’s been around since 1997, initially as a 4-door sedan, but since 2016, it's only been made as a 5-door fastback. According to the EPA and the California Air Resource Board, it’s one of the cleanest vehicles in use in the USA.

The Prius has managed to cross over from the hybrid-vehicle category into the mainstream compact-car field, which is very competitive. But given its amazing fuel efficiency, huge cargo space, low noise levels, and the smoothness of its ride, the 2017 Prius is still hard to beat. It gets 54 mpg in the city and, on the highway, 50 mpg. The 2017 model has made its “Safety Sense” mode standard, which includes a rearview camera, forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. The 2017 Prius starts at $24,685.

10 Worth It: 2017 Mazda3

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The Mazda3 is a compact car that was introduced in 2003, replacing the Protégé/323/Familia models. A performance-made version of the car called the "Mazdaspeed3" is also available. With over 4 cumulative units sold in 2014, the Mazda3 became Mazda’s “fastest-selling vehicle”—and for good reason: it looks and drives awesome. The 2017 Mazda3 has fantastic handling and a sleek, high-scale interior.

Its fuel economy is also great. The cargo space has grown from the Mazda3 sedan to the hatchback model by 63%. It has a backup camera and other safety upgrades optional, including blind-spot monitoring, traffic-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and low-speed automatic braking—all the amenities a new car should have in this day and age. The 2017 Mazda3 starts at just $17,845, which is hard to beat.

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9 Worth It: 2017 Honda Fit

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The Honda Fit, also called the "Honda Jazz," is a five-door subcompact car that’s been around since 2001. As of 2013, 5 million units had been sold, making it one of Honda’s most popular cars that aren’t called "Accord" or "Civic." The Fit is produced in 12 countries, and an all-electric version was introduced to the US in 2012.

It’s hard to find a better subcompact car than the Fit. It has outstanding interior room and great fuel economy, and unlike other subcompacts, 6-foot+ passengers can fit nicely in its front and rear seats. The rear seat also flips up/flat, to allow even more cargo space that other larger vehicles would be hard-pressed to match. Its only downsides are that it’s a bit noisy and doesn’t have that much power, but at a price of $16,090, we can hardly complain.

8 Worth It: 2017 Honda Civic

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Honda became famous for building high-quality, small-sized cars, and the Civic is its flagship model in this regard. Since 1972, the Civic has been in production, and it's not showing any signs of slowing down. Currently, the Civic sits between the Fit and the Accord in terms of size. It’s offered in three different versions: a sedan, a coupe, and a hatchback. The coupes and sedans have 2.0-liter 158-horsepower engines or the smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged 174-horsepower engine in the Sport Touring model.

The hatchbacks all come equipped with the 1.5-liter motor. Honda also offers all Civics with its “Honda Sensing” system, which gives forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. The 2017 Honda Civic starts at just $18,740.

7 Worth It: 2017 Lexus RX 350

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The Lexus RX 350 has been around since 1998 as the original mid-size luxury crossover SUV of Toyota’s upper-name brand. Four generations have come out to date, the first being compact and the latter three, mid-sized. The Lexus RX is the top-selling Lexus hybrid, with over 350,000 units sold.

The 2017 fourth-generation model was introduced with a “floating-roof design,” and a bold “Spindle Grille.” It’s also equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with an 8-speed transmission. The car is comfortable, as it should be, with ample space for passengers. The 2017 models also come standard with the “Lexus Safety System” on all models, giving it forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep and lane-departure warnings, and even pedestrian detection. It’s a little pricier than other cars on this list, starting at $43,120.

6 Worth It: 2017 Toyota Camry

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The Toyota Camry has been Toyota’s mid-size bestseller basically since its introduction in 1982. The Camry has been called Toyota’s second “world car” behind the Corolla since the introduction of the wide-body version in 1991. In the US, it's Toyota’s flagship vehicle (together with the Land Cruiser). And get this—except for the year 2001, the Camry was the best-selling passenger car in EVERY year between 1997 and 2016. (And that’s in the most competitive field, too.)

Given its success, it’s no wonder the 2017 model is highly lauded. These sedans come with the topmost reputation for reliability, safety, comfort, and roominess. And though the newest models come equipped with a 178-horsepower V4 engine, there’s also an upgrade option of a 268-horsepower V6 engine, for those who want a little more power. The 2017 Camry starts at $23,070.

5 Worth It: 2017 Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V has been around in one form or another since 1997. It’s Honda’s compact crossover SUV and uses a Civic platform. The CR-V stands for “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle” in every country but Britain, where it stands for “Compact Recreational Vehicle.” The 2017 CR-V was completely redesigned, and it was a huge success.

Among other compact SUVs, the CR-V earned the highest accolades and ratings from U.S. News. Some highlights include its newly spacious cargo room and ample backseat space. It also has great handling and superb fuel economy, and advanced features offered include a suite of safety features. The CR-V is also relatively inexpensive, starting at just $24,045.

4 Worth It: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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The Mazda Miata began its life as a very cool convertible mini-sports car that people loved for its simplicity and minimalism (limited only by safety standard requirements) when it was first released in 1989. It’s grown up a bit since then, now being called the "MX-5 Miata" and has become the spiritual successor of small British sports cars from the ‘50s and the ‘60s.

The MX-5 Miata has earned great scores on quality, performance, and power, as well as being pretty inexpensive to own ($24,915, for those who are wondering). Though an automatic version is available, the manual is super fun to drive, and it’s very agile and fuel economic. Though it’s known for its soft top, the 2017 model, called the "MX-5 RF," has a power-retractable roof option, too.

FAQs

What Japanese cars will go up in value? ›

These Japanese cars may still be cheap, but hold on to them for a few years and you'll easily double your investment.
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10 Japanese Cars That'll Soon Be Worth A Fortune
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  2. 2 Honda Integra Type R. ...
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  5. 5 Subaru SVX. ...
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Which is the most reliable Japanese car? ›

8 most reliable Japanese cars
  1. Toyota Yaris.
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  3. Lexus GX. ...
  4. Toyota Corolla. ...
  5. Lexus NX. ...
  6. Toyota Prius/Prius Prime. ...
  7. Acura TLX. ...
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19 Jul 2022

Do Japanese cars hold their value? ›

Japanese manufacturers again dominate the list of vehicles that retain their value best, according to Canadian Black Book, the online resource for vehicle values.

Are JDM cars going up in value? ›

The rise of the value of old JDM sport cars

This has caused a massive price increase in JDM sport cars in the past 10 years. So much so, that many 90's and 80's JDM cars are selling for more now than what they were new and that was over 40 years ago.

Why are JDM cars expensive now? ›

The demand for JDM cars has exploded in all corners of the globe, as gearheads demand simplicity, practicality, reliability, and, most of all, affordability. Japanese cars have a reputation for being a lot cheaper than their European equivalents, which explains why they don't typically pull high prices at auctions.

Is German car better than Japanese? ›

German cars provide sturdier feel, smooth and controlled ride while Japanese cars shake in bumpy roads. Space is wider in German cars so people can sit back and relax. Though safety cannot be guaranteed, German cars are much safer compared to Japanese cars because of more airbags.

Do Japanese cars last longer? ›

Do Japanese Cars Last Longer Than American and EU Cars? In a study by the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, Japanese cars are more reliable than their American and EU counterparts. The study showed that American cars start out slow in reliability but catch up to Japanese cars in their tenth year.

Which Japanese car is most fuel efficient? ›

Japanese Best Fuel Efficient Cars For 2020
  • Honda Fit Hybrid: Honda is the best hybrid vehicle producer and its best fuel-efficient car for 2020 is Honda Fit Hybrid. ...
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota Camry is a super fuel-efficient car. ...
  • Nissan Qashqai Hybrid. ...
  • Honda Accord Hybrid.
23 Jun 2021

What is the number 1 car brand in Japan? ›

In 2021, Toyota was the leading car manufacturer in Japan, selling around 1.42 million vehicles. Despite a decrease of 2.1 percent compared to the previous year, Toyota reported more than twice as many unit sales as the runner-up.

Is Japanese car better than American? ›

As much as both cars are considered to be reliable, the Japanese-made vehicles are believed to be more reliable than their American counterparts. They have the best track record in terms of reliability. But when reliability is considered, the vehicles itself are not considered but its overall features and returns.

Why Japanese cars are cheaper? ›

Japan has some of the most competitive new vehicle costs in Asia and the rest of the globe. This is due to Japan's vast economy, which allows for "scale economies," as well as the fact that automobiles made locally do not need to be shipped as far for sale.

Why do Hondas keep their value? ›

The Honda brand has been well known over the years as one that provides value, craftsmanship, safety, and reliability. In terms of reliability, the resale value Honda vehicles hold is one of the key benefits of why shoppers buy a new Honda car, truck, or SUV.

How much is an average JDM car? ›

These classics can be found anywhere between $4,000 – $16,000 USD, but the average prices tend to stay consistently around $10,000 USD.

What does JDM stand for? ›

Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) refers to Japan's home market for vehicles and vehicle parts.

Is the AE86 a rare car? ›

It's quite rare for a car to be known more popularly by its factory code name. Most cars are known by their model names, Camry, Mustang, Camaro. Corvette, etc. Not the case for this car, as almost everyone will refer to it as the AE86, or even use its Japanese translation, Hachi-Roku, when talking about it.

What is the most expensive JDM car in the world? ›

A 1967 Toyota 2000 GT raced by Shelby American crossed the auction block March 4 for US$2.535 million (after auction fees), setting a record for the most expensive Japanese car ever sold.

Are JDMS overrated? ›

JDM cars contributed a lot to improving the automobile industry during the '70s and enjoyed their glory days in the '90s. No doubt, they remain classics and there's a unique car culture revolving around them. But legends as they are, some JDMsports cars are simply overrated.

Are all JDM cars manual? ›

No, they do not . There are many JDM cars that were sold (and continue to be sold) with automatic gearboxes. In fact, there are probably more auto JDM cars than manual ones! For example, the Toyota Crown Athlete – which is basically the JDM version of the Lexus IS250/350 – came with a six speed automatic only.

Why do Japanese cars rust? ›

“Anything Japanese will still be prone to a bit of rust. It's because they don't use salt on the roads, so don't need rust protection.” “A lot of modern rust issues are specific failures — arch liners rubbing through paint, and blocked drainage channels.”

Is Japanese or Korean cars better? ›

While Korean cars are attractive with their high-tech features and design, no one beats Japanese cars when it comes to safety. Many drivers find a lot of stability in Japanese cars. Oftentimes, you'll be able to enjoy the car for ten years with minimal repairs.

Are Korean cars better than German? ›

But the Korean company's Genesis line beat out German rivals to be named 2018's best car brand in the US by Consumer Reports. In its debut year, Hyundai's luxury line bumped Volkswagen's Audi from top billing to the No. 2 spot, with premium mainstays BMW, Toyota's Lexus and VW's Porsche rounding out the top five.

Who makes the best cars Japan or Germany? ›

5 Performance

German brands beat Japanese brands hands down when it comes to performance. German manufacturers put a lot of emphasis on performance and luxury, while Japanese brands thrive on factors such as volume sold, affordability, and reliability.

Why are Japanese car so good? ›

Japanese cars are mass-produced in large numbers. Parts are produced with long-lasting, low-cost materials that can be easily reproduced. It's also worth noting that Japan's best-known automakers (Toyota and Honda) are extremely skilled at building small, modest cars.

Are European cars better than Japanese cars? ›

While European vehicles certainly usually offer more in terms of acceleration, handling, performance and steering - they often fall short in terms of reliability of the mark set by Japanese made vehicles. Japanese manufacturers like Honda and Toyota are almost legendary for creating some of the most reliable vehicles ...

What is the most sold car in China? ›

Overall bestsellers
Automobile nameBrandSales volume
Toyota CorollaToyota2,432,517
Volkswagen BoraVolkswagen2,262,449
Volkswagen JettaVolkswagen2,237,410
Volkswagen SantanaVolkswagen1,955,831
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What is the most popular car sold in China? ›

In 2021, the Wuling Hongguang MINIEV was the best-selling car model in China, with the sales volume of 426,480 units. The Volkswagen Lavida was the second best-selling model in China with sales of approximately 391,360 units that year.

What is the best Chinese car brand in Saudi Arabia? ›

Such a memorable achievement has cemented Changan's position as the most influential Chinese automobile brand in Saudi Arabia as well as in the Gulf region, setting off a boom in Chinese cars in the Middle East. In 2021, Changan introduced new EADO Plus and CS75 Plus models into the Saudi Arabia market.

Are Japanese cars more fuel-efficient? ›

According to statistics website Statista, Japan's cars became 36 per cent more fuel-efficient from 2009 to 2018. Japan has long been known for its innovative approach to technology.

What country has the most fuel-efficient cars? ›

By and large, Japan has the highest fuel economy standards compared to the rest of the world.

What kind of cars do Japanese drive? ›

Japan is home to many of the world's well-known car brands such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, Datsun, Hino, Daihatsu, Isuzu and Subaru.

What is the most popular Japanese car? ›

Honda N-Box

The most popular car in Japan in 2021 is the Honda N-Box, as 5.1% of respondents drove one. The N-Box is also a Kei car that has been around since 2011. It has been the most popular car in Japan for two years in a row now.

What is the most reliable car brand? ›

Toyota earns the top spot as the best automaker for dependability. Toyota vehicles are known for their longevity, and they are proven to last longer than any other brand.
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The Most Reliable Car Brands.
Longest-Lasting Car Brands to Reach 200,000 Miles- iSeeCars Study
RankModel% of Cars Over 200k Miles
1Toyota2.3%
2Honda1.9%
3GMC1.8%
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20 Mar 2022

What are the three most sold cars of all time? ›

Top Ten Best Selling Cars of All Time
CarSales
1. Toyota Corolla37.5
2. Ford F-series35
3. Volkswagen Golf27.5
4. Volkswagen Beetle23.5
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Which country has the best car? ›

The Best Cars: South Korea

When you average the overall scores of car brands from all countries, the South Koreans come out on top. The win is based on something most industry experts know but consumers may not be aware of: Cars from Hyundai and Kia offer a lot for the money.

Which European car is most reliable? ›

Mercedes-Benz

Of the three big German premium brands, it's Mercedes-Benz that comes out on top in the reliability stakes – and its cars tend to be a bit more affordable to fix on average, according to Warranty Wise.

Which is the most reliable German brand? ›

1. Volkswagen. Volkswagen is the flagship brand for the Volkswagen Group and is considered to be one of the most reliable brands on the global market.

Are Japanese cars safer? ›

Japanese Cars are still the Safest

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit, independent educational and scientific organisation, conducts such tests to reduce injuries, deaths and damages from vehicular accidents.

Are Japan cars good? ›

Impressing beyond their domestic market, automakers like Honda, Toyota, and Nissan – nowadays big market names – are very reliable. Many have noted that Japanese carmakers have historically been associated with manufacturing long-lasting and durable vehicles.

Are Corollas made in Japan better? ›

Headlights and stitching of the seats, which have better finishes in Japan-made Corollas. The disparity in quality may be because of experience and quality standards. Japan being the home country of Toyota, it is not surprising that they strive to produce only the best products.

How long do cars last in Japan? ›

As of March 31, 2021, the average passenger car in Japan was in use for about 13.87 years until its registration cancellation. This number represents a record high, increasing from a vehicle lifespan of around 13.51 years in the previous year.

How long do Japanese keep cars? ›

Furthermore, vehicles older than 10 years have to pass the inspection every year. As a result, most car owners in Japan write off their cars after 10 years and buy new ones.

Are Japanese cars cheap to fix? ›

Luckily for us, Japan is there to rescue the average consumer from this proverbial money-pit. Rather than an over-engineered European car, the Japanese ones are far simpler; offering a lower cost for repairs and starting costs overall!

How long does a Honda last? ›

Honda has made a name for itself by becoming the most reliable automaker on the market. Even “poor performing” Hondas are still better rated than most cars on the road. Generally speaking, a Honda can last 200,000 to 300,000 miles and 15-20 years.

Which cars are more expensive Honda or Toyota? ›

The range of Toyota vehicles starts from $17,750 to over $85,000, while the Honda lineup ranges from $16,000 to $37,000. Comparable models of these brands usually have similar options and features. Honda has no direct competitors for these Toyota models: Toyota Prius C $21,500.

Are Honda expensive to repair? ›

Is a Honda expensive to maintain? No, Honda cars are not expensive to maintain. According to RepairPal, Honda owners pay about $428 per year for maintenance and repairs. This is much cheaper than the industry average of $652 per year.

Why are Japanese sports cars so expensive? ›

As time has worn on, the reverence of those cars has increased, and as such, so has the demand and therefore, the prices. Young people saving up for these vehicles are now, like a lot of big purchases in their life, chasing after a carrot on a stick.

Why are JDM cars better? ›

Many popular JDM cars are built with high-performance driving in mind. This means that they often have higher compression ratio engines and will produce slightly more power than their foreign-export counterparts. They're also known to have better handling when compared to many US-produced rivals.

What do JDM mean? ›

Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) refers to Japan's home market for vehicles and vehicle parts.

What is the most expensive JDM car in the world? ›

A 1967 Toyota 2000 GT raced by Shelby American crossed the auction block March 4 for US$2.535 million (after auction fees), setting a record for the most expensive Japanese car ever sold.

How much is a JDM? ›

These classics can be found anywhere between $4,000 – $16,000 USD, but the average prices tend to stay consistently around $10,000 USD.

What is the fastest stock JDM car? ›

Nissan GT-R Track Edition is the fastest Japanese sports car, The Nissan GT-R Track Edition can attain a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).
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Which is faster JDM or muscle? ›

Today, these "JDM" cars are highly renowned for their classic appeal and tunability. And of course, not all JDM cars are fast, but every now and then, an inconspicuous model is released in Japan that could easily outrun almost any American muscle car you throw at it.

What is considered a JDM car? ›

The term JDM originally represented cars sold primarily in Japan, but it has come to mean any high-performance Japanese model, where a new or used car sold exclusively in Japan or in multiple global markets, including the U.S. and Canada.

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