Japanese automakers have ascended the auto industry’s ladder to become some of the most popular and consumer friendly in the whole world.

Younger generations the names Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Subaru are all synonymous with quality cars and are considered as commonplace as microwaves and lawnmowers. All six of these Japanese automakers are staples in everyday life for millions of Americans, as they transport us to and from school and work, down country roads for spirited Saturday drives, and on family road trips to the beach.

The aftermarket and racing communities also tend to be huge supporters of the Japanese automaker.

6. Fuel Effcient !

Most Jap cars have small turbo multivalve engines which makes them super efficient !

The following cars are the most fuel-efficient 2008 model year vehicles, as determined by the EPA.
You can clearly see a trend here.

Best fuel efficiency:

1. Toyota Prius Hybrid (48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway) -- (pictured above) The most popular hybrid car on the road today, this sedan is roomy and comfortable, and average on performance.
2. Honda Civic Hybrid (40/45) -- The Civic has Honda's sporty performance and handling, but is a bit lacking on acceleration. A very efficient car, but a bit small for families.

3. Nissan Altima Hybrid (36/42) -- One of the largest hybrids because it's a mid-size sedan, but rear seat room isn't a strong point for tall passengers. However, with 198 horsepower, it is one of the quickest hybrids.

4. Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute / Mercury Mariner hybrids (34/30) -- Roomy but not oversized compact SUV hybrids. Acceleration is leisurely, with only 133 horsepower.

5. Toyota Camry Hybrid (33/34) -- Refined, roomy, and practical. Conservative styling and performance.

6. Toyota Yaris manual transmission (29/36) -- One of the fuel-thrifty trio (with the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa) of small Japanese economy cars that arrived about a year ago. Toyota's smallest car, but room for four 6-footers. Has a small, hardworking four-cylinder engine.

7. Toyota Yaris automatic (29/35) -- Same as the manual but with less driving effort -- and a little less performance.

8. Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner and Mazda Tribute hybrids with four-wheel drive (29/27) -- All the benefits and drawbacks of the No. 4 models, but with traction of four-wheel drive.

9. Toyota Corolla-manual transmission (28/37) -- The all-time best-seller, even topping the Ford Model T and original Volkswagen Beetle. Long-lived and a good ride, but just average handling.

10. Honda Fit-manual transmission (28/34) -- Most fun of the Japanese economy-car trio. Honda's smallest model but very space-efficient. Still, even the Honda Civic feels more substantial.

source : myautocars
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