Japanese automakers always make sure that the quality of cars they make are reliable, dependable, durable, fuel-efficient, with good performance, and affordable. So it is not a wonder when the Japanese-made cars are the most popular and commonly used in Kenya. In this article, we will talk about the Top 10 Most Popular Cars in Kenya.
Toyota Corolla Fielder (Wagon)
It is one of the most popular cars in Kenya because of its efficiency, reliability, spacious interior, affordability, and extremely comfortable. The eleventh generation Corolla released the station wagon version equipped with 1.8L 2ZR-FE four-cylinder generating a maximum power output of 140 PS (103 kW) at 6200 rpm, a torque of 173 Nm (128 lb-ft) at 4000 rpm, paired to Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent (CVT-i); and a 1.5L 1NZ-FE four-cylinder developing maximum power output and torque of 110 PS (81 kW) at 6000 rpm, 136 N⋅m (100 lb-ft) at 4800 rpm, paired to Super CVT-i.
It offers safety features including driver and passenger airbags, side curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, and a seatbelt pretensioner with a force limiter.
Nissan Note (Hatchback)
The Nissan Note is a five-door supermini/subcompact hatchback produced in 2004 and marketed worldwide by Nissan. With three generations and still present, the second generation boasts a stylish exterior with a sleek design that looks more dynamic than the previous models. It also offers a spacious cargo area, a folding rear seat for more room, enough head and legroom, and great interior design. The Nissan Note includes cruise control, Bluetooth, climate control, satellite navigation, and adjustable seats.
It is equipped with a 1.2L HR12DE three-cylinder generating a power output of 79 PS (58 kW; 78 hp)@6000, a torque of 10.8 kg⋅m (106 N⋅m; 78 lb-ft)@4400; and 1.2L HR12DDR three-cylinder delivering power output and torque of 98 PS (72 kW; 97 hp)@5600, 14.5 kg⋅m (142 N⋅m; 105 lb-ft)@4400, paired to Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) transmission.
Toyota Corolla Axio (Sedan)
The Toyota Corolla Axio is a four-door sedan that was first introduced in 2006 as the sedan version of the Toyota Corolla. It is commonly known to the market because of its small size which is easy to manage when driving on a congested road. It is also more fuel-efficient, well-designed interior, and though not as spacious as the Corolla Fielder, it has enough head and legroom. It is equipped with a 1.5L 1NZ-FTE four-cylinder turbocharged with power output and torque of 150 PS (110 kW) at 6000 rpm, 200 Nm (150 lb-ft) at 4800 rpm.
In 2012, the eleventh generation E160 series Toyota Corolla Axio was released and equipped with three petrol engines: 1.3L 1NR-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 95 PS (70 kW) at 6000 rpm, 121 Nm (89 lb-ft) at 4000 rpm; 1.5L 1NZ-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 110 PS (81 kW) at 6000 rpm, 138 Nm (102 lb-ft) at 4400 rpm; and 1.8L 2ZR-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 140 PS (103 kW) at 6200 rpm, 173 Nm (128 lb-ft) at 4000 rpm, paired to a five-speed manual and CVT transmission. It comes with features including a pre-crash system, anti-lock braking system, fog lights, alloy wheels, air-conditioning, speakers, airbags, satellite navigation, and multiple storage areas.
Mazda Demio (Hatchback)
The Mazda Demio is a five-door hatchback produced and manufactured by Mazda in 1996. It is a good-looking car with a spacious cabin, enough room for head and legroom, reliable, and less expensive to maintain. In 2002, the second generation of the Demio was released with Mazda2 badging for export models.
The third generation was introduced in 2007 and the fourth was in 2014. It is equipped with two gasoline engines and a diesel engine: 1.3L Skyactiv-G P3-VPS four-cylinder with power output and torque of 92 hp (68 kW; 93 PS)@5800, 123 Nm (91 lb-ft)@4000; 1.5L Skyactiv-G F-P5 four-cylinder with power output and torque of 113 hp (85 kW; 115 PS)@6000, 148 N⋅m (109 lb-ft)@4000; 1.5L Skyactiv-D S5-DPTS four-cylinder with power output and torque of 104 hp (77 kW; 105 PS104 hp)@4000, 250 Nm (184 lb-ft)@1500–2000.
Toyota Probox Van (Van)
The Toyota Probox is a five-door light commercial van produced since July 2002 by Toyota. It is equipped with two petrol engines, a 1.5L 1NZ-FE four-cylinder4-speed with a power output of 80 kW (109 PS)@6000 paired to four-speed automatic transmission, and a 1.3L 1NR-FE four-cylinder with a power output of 70 kW (95 PS)@6000 paired to a CVT transmission.
It offers safety features including driver and passenger airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, traction control, vehicle stability control, and seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiter. It also features power steering, power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, air-conditioning, an AM/FM radio.
Toyota Vitz (Hatchback)
The Toyota Vitz is a three and five-door subcompact hatchback produced from 1999 to 2019 by the Japanese automaker Toyota. In other international markets, it is known as the Toyota Yaris or the Toyota Echo. With three distinct generations, it is commonly known for its compact size, sporty-looking design, generous interior space, reliability, great engine performance along with its outstanding fuel efficiency. The third generation XP130 series Toyota Vitz was released in December 2010 – December 2019 and offers new features such as the smart entry system, start-stop system, single-screen wiper, air-conditioning with a climate control system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power steering, power windows, and anti-lock braking system.
Along with safety features including driver and front passenger airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, a knee airbag for the driver, two front seat cushion airbags, and first and second-row side-curtain airbags. It is equipped with a 1.0L 1KR-FE three-cylinder (69 hp), 1.3L 1NR-FE four-cylinder (95 hp), and 1.5L 1NZ-FE four-cylinder (109 hp) paired with four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, six-speed manual, and CVT transmission.
Toyota Hiace Van (Van)
Presently, it is already in its six generations, and still one of the most popular and best-selling vans in the market. It offers a spacious interior cabin with multiple storage areas, enough head and legroom, extremely comfortable seats, great engine performance, and good fuel efficiency.
The fifth-generation H200 series Toyota HiAce is equipped with two petrol engines and two diesel engines petrol engines: 2.0L 1TR-FE four-cylinder generating a power output and torque of 134 hp (136 PS; 100 kW) at 5600 rpm, 182 Nm (134 lb-ft); 2.7L 2TR-FE four-cylinder with power output and torque of 158 hp (160 PS; 118 kW) at 5200 rpm, 243 Nm (179 lb-ft); 2.5L 2KD-FTV four-cylinder Low Version Intercooled / Non – Intercooled D-4D delivering power output and torque of 107 hp (109 PS; 80 kW) at 3400 rpm, 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) at 1600–2600 rpm; and 3.0L 1KD-FTV four-cylinder Intercooled VN Turbo D-4D with maximum power output and torque of 142 hp (144 PS; 106 kW) at 3400 rpm, 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at 1200–3200 rpm.
Suzuki Swift (Hatchback)
The Suzuki Swift is a three and five-door hatchback manufactured by Suzuki in 2004. It is one of the most popular and well-known cars in the market, and currently, in its third generation, it continues to give a pleasant driving experience to the customers. It offers a sporty-looking exterior, superior comfortability, modernized interior design, decent head and legroom, smooth handling along with its impressive fuel efficiency.
In 2017, the third generation Suzuki Swift was introduced along with the mild-hybrid technology Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS). It is equipped with a 1.0L K10C Boosterjet three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine generating power of 102–110 PS (75–81 kW; 101–108 hp) at 5500 rpm. Along with three variants of 1.2L K12C engine: 1.2L K12C Dualjet four-cylinder petrol engine, 1.2L K12C Dualjet four-cylinder MHEV, and 1.2L K12C Dualjet four-cylinder HEV.
Toyota Harrier (SUV )
The Toyota Harrier is the rebadged version of the Lexus RX manufactured and produced in 1997 by Toyota. It is a five-seat, five-door mid-size crossover SUV with front-engine, front-wheel-drive / front-engine, four-wheel-drive format. The Toyota Harrier is known for its reliability, spacious cabin and cargo area, powerful engine, fuel-efficient, and budget-friendly price.
The third generation Harrier was released in 2013, fitted with a 2.0L 3ZR-FAE four-cylinder petrol engine generating a maximum power output of 111 kW (151 PS;149 hp) at 6,100 rpm, a torque of 193 Nm (142 lb-ft) at 3,800 rpm, paired with Super CVT-i with 7-speed simulation, and 2.5L 2AR-FXE four-cylinder hybrid engine delivering a maximum power output of 112 kW (150 hp;152 PS) at 5,700 rpm, a torque of 206 Nm (152 lb-ft) at 4,400–4,800 rpm, mated to eCVT transmission.
The Harrier offers Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (PCS) including adaptive cruise control, lane departure assist, and automatic high beam headlights.
Nissan X-trail (SUV)
The Nissan X-trail is a five-door crossover SUV manufactured by Nissan produced in 2000. It has a front-wheel-drive / four-wheel drive format and is currently in its fourth generation. It is well-known for its spacious cabin with multiple storage areas, smooth and easy steering, comfortable ride, and affordability.
The third generation T32 series Nissan X-trail was released in 2013, equipped with 2.0L MR20DD four-cylinder, 2.5L QR25DE four-cylinder petrol engines, and 2.0L M9R four-cylinder diesel engine, paired to six-speed manual and CVT transmission.
The Nissan X-trail offers a black interior, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, alloy wheels, power mirrors, power windows, central lock, adjustable seat, digital clock, audio system, digital clock, six-speakers, air-conditioning, cup holders, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, cruise control, anti-lock braking system, and airbags.
Cars are already a huge part of our lives, some of us see them as a luxury but to others, it’s a necessity. Whatever we may think about them, we have to admit they are useful in many ways. That’s why the automakers always make sure that the cars they make are not just for leisure, it is also reliable, dependable, fuel-efficient along with a high-performance engine, safe, and spacious enough to be used in various ways. Now, if you have any questions please visit our BE FORWARD store for more information.
Written by: Esther Abranilla