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Japanese used cars are among the top choices for car buyers who are on a budget. So, it’s no surprise that starting families looking for affordable options tend to lean on these cars to carry the rest of the family members along on great Kiwi adventures, making them the no-brainer choice for the perfect family fit.

There are plenty of benefits from choosing Japanese cars besides cost-efficiency. Firstly, these cars are produced in one the leading manufacturers and suppliers of top-notch vehicles around the world. Secondly, Japanese cars are famous for their great engine performance which are easy to maintain and boast longer life spans. Japanese cars are also generally more economical and are more environmentally friendly.

These high-quality standards, reliability, efficiency, and competitive cost makes buying them as second-hand family cars the most popular choice, especially in New Zealand. But with so much choice out there, how do you know which one is best for your family? Our car experts here at Motor Co have weighed in on the best Japanese used models for you and your family to create this A-list of Japanese model cars for the whānau. Check them out below!

Mazda CX-5

A great subcompact crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-5 first came into the market in 2012 and is still in production to this day. What makes this a great option for the family is that it’s the first one of its kind to feature “Skyactive Technology”. This means the engine and transmission enable reduced emissions and lower fuel consumption, contributing to a new, rigid, lightweight platform. Moreover, the car features a sleek and upscale design with low-speed automatic braking and a back-up camera so you can gain peace of mind when driving or parking. With a spacious interior, you and your family will fit right in this vehicle like a glove.

Mitsubishi Outlander

For a refined driving experience, the Mitsubishi Outlander comes as an easy contender. The brand puts high value when it comes to safety with its 2008 version backed by world-class crash-test ratings and equipped with a long list of safety features, including top-notch impact protection. The 2010 update features dashboard enhancements, new door trims and seat materials, and an overall upgraded physical package. As one of New Zealand’s long-time best-selling medium SUVs, you can’t go wrong!

Subaru Forester

A brand that distinguishes itself from the rest of Japanese models, Subaru attracts buyers who are looking for comprehensive safety and practical driving in compact crossovers. The 2011 Subaru Forester rocks full-time all-wheel drive—great for a family of campers, hikers, or road-trippers. It also scores well on most safety tests and boasts a mastery on SUV fundamentals that not many can beat!

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Promising a smooth ride, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado features a heavy-duty suspension that minimises road vibrations from entering the cabin. It’s another ideal vehicle for families who love taking long road trips thanks to the vehicle’s impressive off-road design and capabilities. Promising strong performance, the Land Cruiser will surely offer you and your family long-term reliability. The kids are sure to love climbing onto this one for those long summer drives.

Honda CR-V

Another crossover compact SUV, The Honda CR-V successfully earned the highest accolades and ratings from the US. The vehicle is a top family pick as it includes generous cargo room and a spacious backseat that doesn’t compromise on passengers’ comfort. Along with a suite of safety features, the CR-V is known for its great handling and excellent fuel economy.

Visit Motorco – Home to the Best Japanese Import Cars

When it comes to Japanese used cars, our Penrose car dealers have got you covered. Here at Moro Co, we carry some of the leading Japanese automotive brands including Toyota, Honda, Mazda, and more. Plus, we have hundreds of vehicles arriving more each month. We guarantee to provide top-notch quality used cars that come with VTNZ pre-purchase appraisals, odometer certifications, and flying colours on compliance and safety checks by VTNZ as per NZTA standards. We also ensure the cars are professionally serviced and fully groomed before you jump in the driver’s seat!

To make it even easier for you, you can apply with us when you need car finance in Auckland! It only takes 5 minutes—it’s that easy. Apply online today!