There are many things to love about Japanese cars from their efficiency and reliability to their meticulous styling and advanced technology. Such vehicles come in many different shapes and sizes depending on your needs, but what are the best Japanese cars to buy? Here’s a list of 20 used car options that benefit from Japanese manufacturing.
#1 Honda Civic
As one of the most popular cars in the world, the Honda Civic is a practical all-rounder with a punchy, responsive powertrain. The cabin is wonderfully spacious with a class-leading 477-litres of boot space, making this a great option for growing families and weekend adventures.
Muscular and determined with an instantly recognisable silhouette, the Nissan Qashqai is a car that means business. A versatile crossover with a high driving position and a 5-star safety rating, this runner ticks all the boxes when it comes to practicality and usability.
#3 Mazda MX-5
As one of the most reliable Japanese cars, the Mazda MX-5 is an affordable option for anyone looking for a top-selling roaster that knows how to deliver a racy, competent performance time and time again. Aerodynamics and sporty shaping combine with a powertrain built to impress.
#4 Nissan Note
As the perfect urban companion, the Nissan Note is ideal for city life. A compact hatchback designed for taking on narrow roads and squeezing into tight spaces, the Note is also economical and efficient. Trim levels include the Visia, Acenta and the Tekna.
#5 Honda Jazz
They say good things come in small packages and this is certainly true with regards to the Honda Jazz. It’s a relatively small hatchback with flowing lines, beautiful curves and a cabin that’s remarkably spacious considering its pint-sized dimensions.
#6 Nissan Juke
If you’re looking for a used Japanese car that can leave a lasting impression, the Nissan Juke is sure to appeal. With unique styling and a vibrant character, there’s plenty to love about the Juke from its bold colour palette to its broad shoulders and high-end tech.
#7 Toyota iQ
A city car like no other, the Toyota iQ is one of the UK’s smallest four-seater vehicles. That said; its remarkably practical with the 50:50 split-folding rear seats providing a decent 251-litres of boot space when needed. When in the front it’s hard to notice you’re driving such a small urban runner with endless potential.
#8 Mazda 2
Being a car owner can be expensive, but with low running costs, the Mazda 2 is ideal for anyone on a tight monthly budget. Compact dimensions, an array of engine options and boot space coming in at 250-litres also gives the Mazda 2 instant appeal.
#9 Mazda 6
Ideal for the whole family, the Mazda 6 is a roomy, well-organised and versatile runner with 500-litres of luggage capacity. So, whether you’re heading for a weekend away or are doing an airport run, you won’t be short of room for suitcases.
#10 Lexus IS
As the luxury division of the Japanese automaker Toyota, Lexus is renowned for producing high-end, premium runners and the Lexus IS certainly doesn’t disappoint. First released in 1999, the IS is a compact executive car that knows how to leave a good impression.
#11 Suzuki Swift
A compact car with plenty of energy, the Suzuki Swift is a supermini that’s affordable, spacious enough for five adults and comfortable to drive. Impressively roomy for a small city car, this is a hatchback with attitude perfectly designed to weave between traffic and pull away quickly on a roundabout.
#12 Honda CR-V
If you’re looking for a CR-V that will fit into your life with ease, this is the car for you. There’s a great selection of petrol engines under the bonnet as well as the 2.0 i-VTEC which delivers a smooth and responsive performance. There’s also a 2.2 i-DTEC for anyone who prefers diesel transmission.
#13 Toyota RAV4
As the world’s best-selling SUV, the Toyota RAV4 is powerful, yet efficient, muscular yet light to drive, stocky yet smooth to accelerate. Available as a hybrid model, the RAV4 combines petrol power with an electric motor to help reduce fuel consumption. It’s ideal for anyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint and seats five adults with ease.
#14 Nissan LEAF
As a full electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF is leading the EV car revolution, releasing 0 emissions into the environment. With the latest models capable of travelling over 200 miles on a single charge, the LEAF Is efficient, practical and reliable while also offering a chic, modern design.
#15 Nissan Micra
Since it hit the market in the 1980s, the Nissan Micra has been stealing hearts with its compact dimensions and driveability. With turbocharged engine options, a variety of trim levels and a host of body colours, the Nissan Micra appeals to a wide range of driving styles and tastes.
#16 Toyota Yaris
Perfectly complementing the Toyota small car line-up is the Yaris, a compact yet high performing runner with first, second and third generations all turning heads for the right reasons. A tough, durable Japanese supermini, the Yaris’s engine options include an efficient 1.5-litre petrol.
#17 Suzuki Alto
An affordable, no nonsense urban ride with an intuitive layout, comfortable interior and pleasing aesthetics, the Suzuki Alto is the idea choice for new drivers or those looking for a cheap way to navigate urban life.
#18 Toyota AYGO
Extremely popular in the UK since its UK launch, the Toyota AYGO is available in numerous trim levels including the Plus or Sport trim. Black, Blue and Platinum special editions also hit the market giving drivers plenty of choice.
#19 Mitsubishi Outlander
With a spacious cabin and room for up to 7 people, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a great choice for larger families. A small crossover with three rows of seats and an impressive boot capacity, the Outlander is as practical as it is fun to drive. Note that the PHEV version only seats 5 adults but benefits from less emissions.
#20 Toyota Prius
Offering everyday luxury wrapped into a neat package, the Toyota Prius is reliable and energetic with plug-in hybrid capabilities. With a refined cabin, an abundance of tech and an all-round premium interior, you can sit back and relax in comfort.
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