The 10 Best Japanese Cars On The Market In 2022

2022-06-07 07:16:20 By : Mr. John wang

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While Japanese cars are still as reliable and practical as ever, these 2022 models stand out as dominant within their segments.

There’s no denying that Japanese cars are extremely popular. There are exceptions to every rule, but if you go into most parking lots, you will inevitably find many vehicles from Japanese brands. Looking at the ten best lists, you’ll find that many of the same models pop up year after year, and in 2021, 14 of the top 25 best-selling vehicles in the United States were from Japan.

The reasons for this are style, ride quality, engineering, reliability, and value, and Japanese cars tend to rank very highly in all of those categories. They offer the whole gamut of vehicle types with prices and vehicle types to accommodate nearly every buyer. With so many options and competition, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. So, if you’re interested in buying a vehicle from Japan, which one should you pick?

Compact cars are perfect for many buyers. They’re less expensive to buy, the gas mileage is better, smaller engines require less maintenance, and if finding parking spots is essential, they’re just what you need. Of the options available, the Nissan Versa is the best.

Available in three different trims, S, SV, and SR, there are only a few differences between the models. Mechanically they’re identical, but there are a few extra options on the SR than you’ll get with an S. It’s hard to find well-built cars under $20,000 these days but the Versa starts at $16,850 for the base model. At its core is a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that makes 122 hp, gets a combined average of 35mpg, and offers quite a few safety features its competition doesn’t

The Accord has been built for 36 years now, and for excellent reasons. It’s consistently chosen as a top car every year and is a darling of all car reviewers due to the value of its complete package. Anyone in the market for a large sedan would be wise to buy an Accord. It’s the ideal family car because of its interior room, safety features, trim choices, and reliability.

The base model LX starts at $26,520 and can get up to $38,450 for the Touring model with all the bells and whistles. The middle option, the Sport Special Edition, will run you $28,980 and comes standard with heated leather seats, the entire list of Honda Sensing, safety and driver aids, an 8” display, Apple Car Play, LED headlights, and chrome detailing. There are two engine options 192 hp 1.5L Turbo and a 252 hp 2.0L turbo version with 32mpg and 26mpg respectively. You also get 42” of legroom up front and 56” inches of shoulder room in the back to keep the kids far enough apart to cut down on fights.

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For those looking to upgrade to a luxury sedan, the right choice is the Lexus ES 350. The $42,000 price tag may seem like a lot, but it’s still less expensive than its competitors, The Audi A6, Volvo S60, and Jaguar XF. There is also the benefit of the ES being built on top of a Toyota, making it much more reliable than the more expensive choices.

For the money, you get a 302 hp 3.5L V6 with a 6.6 second 0-60 time and a combined fuel economy of 28mpg. The ES also has a class-leading Lexus safety system, a power moon roof, a 10-speaker premium sound system, and an 8-inch touch-screen entertainment display. The combined gas mileage is 26mpg, and there is more interior space than its competitors.

If a compact SUV is more up your alley, look no further than the Honda CR-V. No other vehicle in its class can offer more interior room, storage space, technology, and fuel economy, all for a reasonable price of $26,800 for the base model LX up to $36,600 for the top-end Touring edition.

The whole range offers a 190 hp turbocharged engine with AWD and is better than the RAV4, Nissan Rogue, or Subaru Forester in most categories. The mid-level special edition gives you heated leather seats, dual climate control, 17-inch wheels, and the Honda Sensing safety package. It also has greater interior dimensions, more horsepower, and a efficiency of 31mpg, which is excellent for an SUV.

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If you need more room for the family, Honda offers a larger option, the Passport. It comes in 3 trim levels, the $38,370 EX-L, the $42.970 TrailSport, or the top of the line $45,930 Elite. It is powered by a V6 engine that provides plenty of pickups and enough torque to tow a trailer and payload up to 5,000 pounds. The AWD system is reliable in snow and mud and even off-road.

The Passport comes equipped with all-weather tires, heated wipers, and a hands-free power tailgate. Inside it has a generous amount of space to accommodate five adults and a large cargo area to carry packages, luggage, or sporting equipment. Leather steering wheels are standard, as are heated front seats in the front and the Honda Sensing safety package. There is an 8-inch screen with Honda Link navigation and traffic information. There is an impressive stereo with 8-speakers and a subwoofer to keep everyone entertained.

You’ll notice that Hondas are doing very well on this list, so it’s no wonder that if you want a luxury SUV, Honda’s luxury brand, Acura, would build the best one. The MDX offers the best combination of luxury and value. Prices start at $48,000, and the Type S comes in at $66,000.

Thanks to its adaptive air suspension, the driving comfort is hard to beat, and stopping is a breeze with its Brembo brakes. The inside is spacious with the expansive panoramic moon roof in its class. And underneath that, you'll find sports seats covered in high-quality materials up front and heated seats in the second row. The third row is comfortable for passengers, and when lowered, it has excellent cargo capacity. There are many creature comforts like a 16-speaker stereo, a 12.3" center screen with navigation, and every imaginable safety feature you could ask for.

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When people think of pickups, there’s no doubt the American Trucks come to mind, but the Japanese offer a few options to consider. The best of those is the Honda. The Ridgeline is perfect if you’re looking for a pickup but don’t need a full-size heavy-duty truck. The V6 with AWD gives it plenty of power and towing capacity, The base Sport model costs $38,000, or you shell out for the Ridgeline Black edition that costs $7,000 more.

The Ridgeline is a great truck to pack up to go camping or head to the lake. It will carry all of your supplies and be able to tow your ATV, jet skis, or fishing boat. The truck bed is 63.6” with a locking, in-bed trunk to secure personal items, and a dual-action tailgate that helps you load and unload quickly. An in-bed audio system turns the back into a giant speaker, which is perfect for the campsite or tailgating. All the features you’d expect in a modern truck are in the cab, including leather, heated seats, and an 8” display screen.

Everyone would love to have a Corvette or a Porsche, but those cost quite a bit. If you’re looking for a great sports car at a reasonable price, definitely look at the Subaru BRZ. You could also go with the Mazda Miata, but its styling may not be for everyone, or a convertible may not be what you’re looking for.

The BRZ lets you choose between the $28,000 Premium or the $30,500 Limited. Both are a bargain for the amount of fun they provide. They come with a 2.4L Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder engine that produces 228 hp, goes from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 140mph. You can choose the engaging manual transmission, but even with the automatic, the handling is still outstanding. The seats sit low and have excellent bolstering to keep you in place as you fly around corners, and there is a 7-inch LCD gauge cluster that can change from normal to sport to track as desired. And just in case the sound of the engine isn’t enough, there is also an 8-speaker stereo system.

A Grand Tourer, also known as a GT car, is a vehicle designed for speed and comfort. The best Japanese GT is the Lexus LC. In 2022, you can choose the base model, the Inspiration Series (both of which are also available as a convertible), or there is a third option, the LC Hybrid.

Prices start at $94,000 up to $117,000. Those are hefty price tags, but you’re getting a lot for your money. All four combustion versions are powered by naturally aspirated 5.0L V8s that produce 471 hp. That’s less power than you’d get in a Nissan GT-R, but if you wanted one, you’re too late. The GT-R is all sold out. The LC also has considerably more luxury and comfort, including a 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, the Lexus dynamic navigation system, Wi-Fi, and a head-up display. You also get all of Lexus's safety features you’ll need to race to your destination safely.

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It may be hard to believe, but the best Japanese hybrid you can buy is from Honda. It is built on the Best Family Car, the Accord Hybrid. Four models range from the most basic for $28,000 to the priciest, which costs $37,600. For that price, you get an Accord that’s fun to drive and utterly reliable.

The hybrid has two electric motors on top of its 2.0L inline-four that combine for 212 hp. It gets every feature you'd find on the combustion versions, including the 10-speaker audio system, 8-inch LCD touchscreen with navigation, and the entire Honda Sensing safety package. One unique thing the Hybrid provides is an impressive combined 48 mpg.

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