Japanese car sales set world-leading records every year by setting new industry standards with innovation, dependability, and affordability. Not only are they affordable off the lot, but most Japanese cars preserve their initial value and have a lower depreciation than European or American competitors. Here, we’ve got the five best Japanese cars you can find on Salvagebid.
The Toyota Corolla has been in production since 1966. During its lifespan, the Corolla has been manufactured in 17 countries, which is more than any other car ever produced. The current, twelfth generation of the Toyota Corolla is the Green Car of the Year 2020 by Green Journal for its outstanding fuel economy.
The Toyota Corolla is:
- the most popular car in the world: more than 44 million produced since 1966
- The IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2009-2013, and 2017-2020
- one of the easiest to maintain cars
The main rival of the Corolla, the Honda Civic is a safe compact car with lively acceleration delivered through potent VTEC engines. Older generations of this car have a large cult-like following: many choose the Honda Civic as their project car since it has incredible potential for tuning. The current generation of this Japanese bestseller is still a driving-focused car, but much more balanced and extravagant than its predecessors. The new Civic offers numerous features like apps for smartphone compatibility and the Honda Sensing Safety Suite.
The Honda Civic:
- is one of the best cars for teenagers
- was voted the Best Buy Compact Car in 2019 by Kelley Blue Book
- the top-tier Si and Type R models deliver exhilarating performance but still remain affordable
The Lexus RX is the ultimate combination of luxury, comfort, reliability, and efficiency. The first generation was released in 1998 and since then this mid-size SUV collected numerous awards both in the USA and Europe. The hybrid version has excellent fuel economy – 30 mpg combined for the 2020 model – and has a vast list of standard features. The current generation of the Lexus RX is available with a longer wheelbase to provide more comfort for passengers in the second and third rows.
The Lexus RX:
- was the Most Dependable Vehicle in the USA in 2013 according to J. D. Power
- is of the most fuel-efficient luxury SUVs
- was voted the Best Premium Large SUV by Auto Express
Introduced in 1978, the Toyota Celica Supra combined the athleticism of a sports car with the comfort of a streamlined grand tourer. In mid-1986, “Celica” was dropped from the car’s name and Supra became a separate model. The third-generation Supra was Toyota’s first targa following a long hiatus after the 2000 GT: the “Bond car” designed specifically for Sean Connery. The fourth generation of the Toyota Supra was brought to fame in the Fast & Furious franchise, so the Supra A80 became the rarest of all generations because of its small production volume. Here you see a right-hand drive Toyota Supra with custom parts. The current bid is $22,000 and the car is up for auction on 9/2 from El-Paso, TX.
The Toyota Supra:
- is powered by one of the most reliable engines
- received the “Design and Engineering Award” by Popular Mechanics in 1994
- is one of the best Japanese sports cars ever made
Mazda MX-5 Miata
A tiny roadster, the Mazda MX-5 Miata provides enough thrill to steal the show, even while you’re commuting: this sportscar has an almost ideal weight-on-axle ratio, which contributes to razor-sharp steering. This small car impresses not only with its performance but also with its beautiful exterior design that won numerous awards, including World Car Design of the Year and Red Dot Best of the Best Product Design. The Mazda MX-5 Miata was called the bestselling two-seat sports car in history: more than 500,000 Miatas were made before 2000. After sixteen years, the Mazda MX-5 beat its Guinness world record when the millionth Miata rolled from the assembly line in Hiroshima.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata:
- won the World Car of the Year Award in 2016
- is one of the easiest to maintain sports cars
- has a track record of long-standing single-ownership
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