Zimbabweans prefer to buy cars that are practical and convenient to their lifestyle. Therefore, some of the cars they choose are big cars or vehicles with a lot of space that can be used for various purposes. In this article, we will talk about the Top 10 Most Popular Cars in Zimbabwe for 2021.
Honda Fit (Hatchback)
The Honda Fit is a five-door hatchback produced and manufactured by the Japanese automaker Honda in 2001. It is also referred to as the Honda Jazz and is now in its fourth generation. Since 2001 up to current years, the cars have been upgraded and facelifted into much modern quality, stylish look, and updated safety features and technology that appealed to the customers.
The Honda Fit is equipped with a 1.3L L13B Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine that delivers fuel efficiency of 26.0 km/L and the non-hybrid model of a 1.5L L15B Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC with seven-speed DCT transmission.
It also offered features including vehicle stability control, four-wheel anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, daytime running lights, and hill start assist function.
Nissan Caravan Van (Van)
The Nissan Caravan is a four / five-door van built as a fleet vehicle or cargo van, produced since 1973 and manufactured by Nissan. Since all generations are successful in the market they have been improved and upgraded to the fullest. In 2012, the sixth generation was introduced, the new Nissan Caravan comes with a new engine 2.5L YD25DDTi four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC with a VGS variable turbo and intercooler engine with clean diesel technology that gives the best fuel economy of 12.2 km/L.
The petrol engine 2.0L QR20DE four-cylinder and 2.5L QR25DE four-cylinder have fuel-saving technology that delivers a fuel economy of 9.9 km/L compared to the standard fuel economy. The Nissan Caravan van offered a spacious cabin and functionality with comfortable seats, high-grade quality features, and an affordable price that is suitable for a family or commercial purpose.
It also offers safety features including child safety locks, driver and passenger airbags, side airbags, an emergency city brake, and an anti-lock braking system.
Toyota HiAce Van (Van)
The Toyota HiAce Van is a light commercial vehicle manufactured by the Japanese automaker Toyota that was introduced in 1967. In the late 1990s, the Toyota HiAce was built as a small van with a one-box design and was offered as a cab over pick-up or delivery van and it became more popular and upgradable as time went by.
The HiAce are fitted with a 2.5L 2KD-FTV four-cylinder Low Version Intercooled / Non – Intercooled D-4D with power and torque of 80 kW (109 PS; 107 hp) at 3400 rpm, 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) at 1600–2600 rpm; 3.0L 1KD-FTV four-cylinder Intercooled VN Turbo D-4D diesel engine with power and torque of 106 kW (144 PS; 142 hp) at 3400 rpm, 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at 1200–3200 rpm; 2.0L 1TR-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) at 5600 rpm, 182 Nm (134 lb-ft); 2.7L 2TR-FE four-cylinder petrol engine with power and torque of 118 kW (160 PS; 158 hp) at 5200 rpm, 243 Nm (179 lb-ft).
All engines are mated to a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, and six-speed automatic transmission. It also offers safety features including power door locks, an anti-theft alarm system, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, driver and passenger airbags, side airbags, seatbelt with pretensioners, and force limiters.
Mercedes-Benz C-class (Sedan)
It was first available as a four-door sedan and five-door station wagon and in 2000, launched a fastback coupe version. In 2014, the fourth generation of Mercedes-Benz C-class was released with a new design that uses lighter aluminum and steel all over the body that achieves a 100 kgm (220 lb) weight decrease.
The cabin is elegantly styled with high-tech features, along with stable handling and powerful engine options. It also offers updated features including a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, head-up display, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking assist, an anti-lock braking system, power windows, and air-conditioning. It is equipped with a 3.5L V6 petrol engine and 3.0L V6 diesel engine while the AMG trim uses a 6.2L V8 petrol engine.
Honda Fit Hybrid (Hatchback)
The Honda Fit Hybrid is a five-door hatchback introduced along with the second-generation Honda Fit. It is equipped with a 1.3L LDA-MF6 four-cylinder with power and torque of 88 PS (65 kW) at 5,800 rpm, 12.3 kgm (121 Nm) at 4,500 rpm; a 1.5L LEA four-cylinder with power and torque of 114 PS (84 kW) at 6,000 rpm, 14.7 kgm (144Nm) at 4,800 rpm. In 2013, the third generation of Honda Fit was released, with a new engine for the Honda Fit Hybrid.
The 1.5L LEB four-cylinder with power and torque of 110 PS (81 kW) at 6,000 rpm, 13.7 kgm (134 Nm) at 5,000 rpm, mated to seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). It also comes with features including driver and passenger airbags, side airbags, traction control, anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, and hill start assist.
Toyota Corolla Axio (Sedan)
The Toyota Corolla Axio is the tenth-generation sedan version of the Toyota Corolla that was produced in 2006. It is a four-door sedan and one of the most popular in the market because of its compact size, stylish design, powerful engine, fuel efficiency, and high-quality features.
It also offers standard features including cruise control, a pre-crash system, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, fog lights, automatic climate control, satellite navigation, power windows, power door locks, driver and passenger airbags, and side airbags.
The Corolla Axio is fitted with a 1.3L 1NR-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 95 PS (70 kW) at 6,000 rpm, 121 Nm (89 lb-ft) at 4,000 rpm; a 1.5L 1NZ-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 110 PS (81 kW) at 6,000 rpm, 138 Nm (102 lb-ft) at 4,400 rpm; 1.8L 2ZR-FE four-cylinder with power and torque of 140 PS (103 kW) at 6,200 rpm, 173 Nm (128 lb-ft) at 4,000 rpm. All engines are mated to a five-speed manual and CVT transmission.
Mercedes-Benz E-class (Sedan)
It is currently in its fifth generation and known for its stylish design, reliability, powerful engine, and luxurious interior. It is equipped with a 2.0L M274 DE20 LA four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine delivering power and torque of 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp), 270 Nm (199 lb-ft); 2.1L OM651 DE22 LA red four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine generating power and torque of 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp), 360 Nm (266 lb-ft).
It also offers features including an anti-lock-braking system, alloy wheels, multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags, traction control, stability control, collision prevention, and electronic stability control.
Nissan Vanette Van (Van)
The Nissan Vanette is a five-door cab over van produced from 1978 until 2011
by the Japanese automaker Nissan. With four distinct generations, it became one of the most popular in the market because of its spacious cabin, outstanding fuel economy along with its powerful engine, and reliability.
The third generation and fourth generations are the rebadged version of the Mazda Bongo. It is equipped with a 1.6L or 2.0L petrol engine and a 2.3L diesel engine. It also offers standard features including intelligent keys, brake assist, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, power windows, power door locks, driver and passenger airbags, and side airbags.
Toyota RegiusAce Van (Van)
The Toyota RegiusAce is a five-door luxury van rebadge version of the Toyota HiAce that was introduced in 1999. It is equipped with a 2.7L 3RZ-FE four-cylinder petrol engine with power and torque of 145 PS (107 kW) at 4,800 rpm, 23.2 kgm (227.5 Nm) at 3,600 rpm; a 3.0L 1KZ-TE four-cylinder diesel engine with power and torque of 130 PS (96 kW) at 3,600 rpm, 29.5 kgm (289.3 Nm) at 2,000 rpm, mated to four-speed automatic transmission.
It also offers standard features including an anti-lock braking system, power steering, power windows, power door locks, dual air-conditioner, reverse camera assist, auxiliary input, driver and passenger airbags, seatbelt with pretensioners, and force limiters.
Toyota Mark X (Sedan)
The Toyota Mark X is a four-door midsize sedan car that was first introduced in 2004 and manufactured by the Japanese automaker Toyota. It is solely marketed in the Japanese market and has two distinct generations before being discontinued in 2019.
It is equipped with a 2.5L 4GR-FSE V6 with a power of 158 kW (212 hp; 215 PS); 3.0L 3GR-FSE V6 with a power of 188kW (252 hp; 256 PS). In 2009, the second generation Toyota Mark X was released fitted with 2.5L 4GR-FSE V6 with a power of 149 kW (200 hp; 203 PS); 3.5 L 2GR-FSE V6 with a power of 234–236 kW (314–316 hp; 318–321 PS), mated to a six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission.
Also, it offers standard features including a pre-crash safety system, electronically adjustable shock absorbers, an automatic self-parking system, autonomous emergency braking, an anti-lock braking system, radar cruise control, and lane departure warning.
Cars are part of our lifestyle that a lot of people practically use for their lives such as for family use, traveling, and commercial purposes. In this current year, we will need to be much more practical, reliable, affordable, and safe when buying a car. In the above list, we just talked about the most popular cars in Zimbabwe so don’t be worried about choosing one of them, after all, they are popular for a reason. For more information or questions you can visit our BE FORWARD store.
Written by: Esther Abranilla