What Is The Best Japanese Used Car?

On 26 Apr 2016 | By | (0) Comments

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Asian carmakers have developed a reputation for quality and reliability over the recent past. And now many more Westerners are becoming interested in buying Japanese cars second hand. They’re well made, cheap to buy and have lower service costs that European cars.

In this post, we’re going to investigate which car is the best second-hand Japanese car. So let’s get started.

Nissan Juke

When the Juke came out, nobody knows quite what to make of it. Nissan had been very brave with the design of this car, having no idea whether people in Western markets would like it. But thanks to its unique design, the car has been a big success.

Nissan Juke

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Another big draw of the car was boot space. With a 251-liter boot space, families could use the Juke for travel and adventure, as well as the school run. The economy of the Juke was also excellent for those who bought the 1.5 dCu diesel version which could yield around 70 mpg. Moreover, the most powerful versions of the car had impressive levels of performance. The 1.6 turbo diesel version of the car could get from 0-62 in a pacey 7.7 seconds.

Toyota iQ

With the iQ, Toyota wanted to emphasize brains over brawn. Here was one of the smallest cars on the road that was perfect for driving around the center of congested cities.

The car does have back seats, but you wouldn’t want to use them regularly. Better to fold them down and use the extra space to expand the boot. With the seats down the car has the same boot space as the Juke but in a much smaller overall package.

Toyota iQ

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What’s so unusual about the car is how once you’re inside it feels like a standard car with a healthy amount of space. It’s only when you turn around and look at the back seats that you realize you’re inside something tiny. This is an ideal second-hand car for people that don’t have kids yet.

Mazda 2

The new Mazda design concept is a significant upgrade over the old. But that doesn’t mean that the old Mazda 2 was a bad car. If you can put up with the generic looks, the car is quite special under the hood. It’s practically the only Japanese car in the supermini space that has given the Ford Fiesta a run for its money.

Mazda 2

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This car has excellent mileage of 54 mpg for the 1.3-liter version. And it has a tight turning circle of around 9 meters for quick U-turns on city streets.

Honda Civic

The previous generation of Civic was built on the rich heritage of the model. The first model was released in 1972, and since then drivers have flocked to this car. It’s an affordable car that’s also very fun to drive. The 2.2-liter version with the i-DTEC engine is the highest performance, producing over 147 bhp. It can propel the Civic to 62 mph in under 8.2 seconds. Of course, with any car more focused on performance you lose a bit of practicality. But you more than make up for it in terms of fun.

Honda Civic

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