Japanese Domestic Market vehicles, or more commonly known as JDM cars, are popular for their speed, performance, and excellent handling. They are also heavily modified by professional tuners across the globe. These vehicles emerged in the international automotive scene during the 80’s and 90’s when the ‘bubble economy’ of Japan was booming. During these decades, the country quickly became known as a world leader in technological advancements.
Consequently, Japanese automakers like Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Mazda kept up with the times and introduced some of the best JDM cars that are still popular to this day. Throughout these years, street racing and rally racing became huge. Needless to say, vehicles that were produced during this era contributed to the phenomenon.
You might be contemplating about buying a Japanese used car but you still do not know which one to choose. Well, if you’re looking for the best, then you should check out our top 5 most popular JDM vehicles. Who knows, you might even find these JDM cars in a Japanese car auction!
1) Nissan Skyline GTR
There are many good reasons why the many consider the Nissan Skyline as the legendary race car of Japan. It has earned the nickname ‘Godzilla’ after letting its opponents eat dust in Group A and street racing. Back in the day, if you owned a Skyline, it meant that you were quite accomplished. It is the first car to use the legendary Nissan RB26 twin-turbo engine.
It is worth noting that the Nissan Skyline GT-R was never manufactured outside Japan and that it was only exported in Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. Despite this, this legendary race car still gained popularity in the United Kingdom, South Africa, the United States, and many other regions.
2) Honda NSX
When it comes to JDM sports cars, you can consider the Honda NSX as the counterpart of Lamborghini. Widely known in the US markets as the Acura NSX, this vehicle was designed that you can get a Ferrari-like experience and performance without paying big bucks. This is also the reason why the NSX became massively popular in Europe, Canada, the United States, and other parts of the world. Honda basically brought the luxurious quality of Ferrari to those who can’t afford it.
3) Mazda RX-7
An absolute cult classic, the Mazda RX-7 has a curved body that is smooth and contoured in all the right places. Boasting of a 50/50 front-to-rear weight ratio balance, a low center of gravity, and lightweight design, the RX-7 will send you speeding down the road. The original model also had 1.3-liter twin-rotor turbocharged engine that can render 276 hp. If you buy this in Japan, you’d have to pay taxes annually because the RX-7 does not comply with the country’s car dimension regulations.
4) Subaru Impreza WRX STI
First marketed in 1992, the Subaru Impreza WRX was the high-performance vehicle that the Japanese automaker developed to directly compete with the Mitsubishi Lancer and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. It is worth noting that Subaru Technica International made improvements in the WRX by upgrading the performance-tuned engine suspension, and transmission. During the 90’s this model became legends in street races and rally races.
5) Nissan Silvia S13
While the Toyota Corolla AE86 is considered as the vehicle that stated the drift scene, many would suggest that Nissan’s S-Body cars made the experience accessible to the masses. Over the years, the Nissan Silvia has undergone several body changes, but it still remains a very important vehicle in modern-day automotive culture. These days, the S13 still looks stunning, staying a bonafide classic with its low slung stance and clean angular lines.
So, are you planning to buy a Japanese used car? Well, do not hesitate to contact us and we will match you with a suitable JDM vehicle!