When buying a car, it is not just the quality, fuel efficiency, engine, functions, and features we think of. We also consider the price of the car that we want to buy. The Japanese-made cars are some of the vehicles that stand out in the country of Kenya when it comes to those conditions and they are absolutely in excellent conditions, whether used or the latest models. In this article, we will talk about the 10 Most Popular Used Cars in Kenya Under $1,500.
Toyota Corolla Fielder (Wagon) $1,420~
The Toyota Corolla Fielder wagon version is a front-wheel / four-wheel drive, five-door compact car produced in 2001, along with the sedan version Corolla Axio. It is known for its cool features, powerful engine performance, fuel efficiency, reliability, spacious and comfortable interiors. Its current generation offers standard features including SRS airbags, traction control, brake assist system, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, vehicle stability control, air conditioning, and tilt steering wheel.
The Corolla Fielder wagon is fitted with two naturally aspirated 1.5L 1NZ-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 110 PS (81 kW), 136 Nm (100 lb-ft); 1.8L 2ZR-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 140 PS (103 kW), 173 Nm (128 lb-ft), mated to Super CVT-i and five-speed manual transmission.
Nissan Note (Hatchback) $1,180~
The Nissan Note hatchback is a four-wheel / front-wheel drive, five-door mini MPV first introduced in 2004. It offers good fuel efficiency, top-grade functions and features, a spacious cabin, and comfortable interiors along with a modern style exterior at an affordable price.
The Nissan Note hatchback also comes with notable standard features including cruise control, power windows, climate control, satellite navigation, stereo, and infotainment. It is currently equipped with a 1.2L HR12DE three-cylinder with power and torque of 79 PS (58 kW), 106 Nm (78 lb-ft); and 1.2L HR12DDR three-cylinder supercharged engine with power and torque of 98 PS (72 kW), 142 Nm (105 lb-ft); 1.6L HR16DE four-cylinder with power and torque of 111 PS (82 kW), 145 Nm (107 lb-ft), mated to a five-speed manual or Xtronic CVT transmission.
Mazda Demio (Hatchback) $640~
The Mazda Demio hatchback is a five-door, front-wheel / all-wheel drive subcompact car introduced in 1996 – 2019. It is one of the most popular cars on the market when it comes to reliability, flexibility, practicality, functions, and features. It also offers updated safety features including the Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE which consists of Lane Departure Warning System, Smart City Brake Support, High-Beam Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The Demio is fitted with a 1.3L Skyactiv-G P3-VPS four-cylinder with power and torque of 93 PS (68 kW), 123 Nm (91 lb-ft); 1.5L SkyActiv-G P5-VPS four-cylinder with power and torque of 115 PS (85 kW), 148 Nm (109 lb-ft); 1.5L SkyActiv-D S5-DPTS four-cylinder diesel engine with power and torque of 105 PS (77 kW), 250 N⋅m (184 lb-ft). All engines are mated either to a five-speed Skyactiv-MT manual / six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual or six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission.
Toyota Vitz (Hatchback) $970~
The Toyota Vitz is a five-door, front-wheel / four-wheel drive subcompact hatchback produced in 1999 – 2019 and also known as the Toyota Yaris. It is known for its great fuel economy along with its powerful engine performance, practicality, and comfortable interiors.
It is fitted with standard features including driver and front passenger airbags, smart entry and start-stop system, traction control, brake assist, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, and vehicle stability control. The Toyota Vitz is equipped with 1.0L 1KR-FE three-cylinder 69 PS (51 kW) 92 Nm (9.4 kgm); 1.3L 1NR-KFE four-cylinder 99 PS (73 kW), 121 Nm (12.3 kgm); and 1.5L 1NZ-FE four-cylinder 109 PS (80 kW), 136 Nm(13.9 kgm), mated with five-speed manual and CVT transmission.
Nissan X-trail (SUV) $1,440~
The Nissan X-trail is a five-door, front-wheel/ four-wheel drive compact crossover SUV produced in 2000. It is one of the most popular SUVs of Nissan and is fit for a large family because of its spacious cabin and comfortable interiors, fuel efficiency, and reliability. It comes with standard features including driver and passenger airbags, an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, vehicle dynamics control, brake assist, traction control, and an anti-theft system.
The Nissan X-trail is equipped with a 2.0L MR20DD four-cylinder with power and torque of 147 PS (108 kW), 207 Nm (21.1 kgm); 2.0L M9R four-cylinder diesel engine with power and torque of 173 PS (127 kW), 360 Nm (36.7 kgm), mated either to CVT, six-speed manual transmission, or seven-speed DCT transmission.
Honda Fit (Hatchback) $650~
The Honda Fit hatchback is a five-door, four-wheel / front-wheel drive subcompact car introduced in 2001. It is also known as the Honda Jazz and is popular for its spacious cabin and boot space, modern exterior design, reliability, and fuel efficiency. The Honda Fit offers notable features including driver and passenger airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters, air conditioning, vehicle stability control, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and traction control.
It also is fitted with a 1.3L L13B four-cylinder with power and torque of 100 PS (73 kW), 119 Nm (12.1 kgm); 1.5L L15B four-cylinder with power and torque of 132 PS (97 kW), 155 Nm (15.8 kgm), mated to five-speed manual / six-speed manual and CVT.
Honda Step WGN (Mini Van) $700~
The Honda Stepwgn minivan is a five-door, four-wheel / front-wheel drive mid-size MPV produced in 1996. It is currently in its fifth generation and popular for its powerful engine performance, fuel efficiency, spacious cabin, and multiple storage areas. It also comes with standard features including SRS airbags, traction control, vehicle stability control, brake assists, and the Honda SENSING technology which consists of adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, road departure mitigation system, collision mitigation braking system, and lane-centering assistance.
The Stepwgn minivan is fitted with a 1.5L L15B direct-injection VTEC four-cylinder turbo engine with power and torque of 150 PS (110 kW), 203 Nm (20.7 kgm), mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission.
Suzuki Swift (Hatchback) $990~
The Suzuki Swift hatchback is a front-wheel / four-wheel drive, five-door subcompact car produced in 2004. It is known for its reliability, great fuel economy, great engine performance, comfortable interiors, and functions. It is also equipped with notable features including driver and passenger airbags, an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability control, air conditioning, power windows, centralized door locks, tilt steering, and telescopic steering functions.
The Suzuki Swift hatchback is fitted with a 1.2L K12B four-cylinder with power and torque of 91 PS (67 kW), 12.0 kgm (118 Nm); and 1.4L K14B four-cylinder with a power of 95 PS (70 kW; 94 bhp), mated either to five-speed Aisin manual, six-speed Aisin manual, or CVT.
Nissan Ad Van (Van) $1,130~
The Nissan AD is a five-door, front-wheel / four-wheel drive subcompact van built from 1982 up to the present. It is popular for its outstanding fuel efficiency, great performance, reliability, spacious cabin with enough headroom and legroom. The Nissa Ad offers standard features including driver and passenger airbags, an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution system, seatbelt pretensioners, and force limiters, power windows, and air-conditioning.
It is equipped with 1.2L CR12DE four-cylinder, 1.5L HR15DE four-cylinder, 1.6L HR16DE four-cylinder, and 1.8L MR18DE four-cylinder engines. All engines are mated either to four-speed E-ATx automatic or JATCO XTRONIC CVT-M6 transmission.
Nissan Caravan Van (Van) $1,420~
The Nissan Caravan van is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive, five-door light commercial vehicle produced in 1973. It is one of the most popular vans in the automotive market because of its modern look design, practicality, reliability, outstanding fuel economy, comfortable interiors, and updated functions. It comes with standard features including keyless entry, push engine start, power windows, centralized door locks, air conditioning, emergency city brake, anti-lock braking system, and LED high-mount stop lamp.
The Nissan Caravan van is equipped with a 2.5L YD25DDTi four-cylinder with variable turbocharger and intercooler diesel engine with power and torque of 129 PS, 356 Nm; and petrol engines including 2.0L QR20DE four-cylinder with power and torque of 130 PS, 178 Nm; 2.5L QR25DE four-cylinder 147 PS, 213 Nm. All engines are paired either with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
Used cars are much cheaper than the latest models but it doesn’t mean that the quality and performance of the car diminished. Some are more expensive and have much more superb engine performance than others. Additionally, the car dealer always makes sure that the imported Japanese cars are always in good condition and at a budget-friendly price. Please check out the BE FORWARD stocklist for more affordable used cars or inquiries.
Written by: Esther Abranilla