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Interesting facts about Japanese family car

Family car segment has always been very interesting to all producers. This class of cars must meet many standards. Of course, the most important are rules related to safety. Each company performs hundreds of tests to make sure the car is safe to use. Modern cars have specially designed the front of the car. This part of the car has to amortize the shot, so that most of the kinetic energy received on themselves. This is solved in a way that the sheet metal is bent, the engine falls down, so it will not hurt people in the car.


First of all, family cars have to be comfortable to drive. Children can become very nervous if the ride uncomfortable. Thus, the dampers must be excellent. Seats have to be comfortable, and many models come with seats for children. With the great efforts of the whole community, the number of children died in traffic is drastically reduced.

Japan has a long tradition of family cars. In today’s market the most popular models are: Toyota Mark X, Mazda 6, Honda Accord, Honda Inspire. All of these models are characterized by a strong engine and great mobility.

Power engine in these devices ranges from 150hp to 200hp. Only 20 years ago, the family car had several weaker engines. The reason was that the fuel consumption at that time were higher than today. Also, the big advantage was made in alloy production technology. Today’s family car is a lot easier than 20 years ago.

Japanese cars have always been known for low fuel consumption. Usually, the combined fuel consumption of the listed models ranges from 28 to 34 mpg. This is much better than the family WV models (Passat and Golf for example) or from all US models.


Problems with tax quote in Japan

Many people made question: why Japanese cars are always shorter than 15.4 ft and narrower than 5.9 ft. The Japanese tax system is for much more stringent than in other countries. In Japan, the limit for the higher rates of taxation is described with dimensions of the car and engine displacement. So, in order to pay less tax, it is necessary that the car’s engine has less than 2l. This fact has led to the need to develop models which have a small engine displacement and high power. Only family models which are designed for export come out of these limits.

The model that should lead to new breakthroughs in the market is the 2018 Honda Accord. According to the announcement, it will appear at the end of 2017 years. Why will this model be interesting? First of all, it is because it will have a significantly better mpg than previous models. As we found out, Honda these days cease production of hybrid models of Accord automobiles.

On the other hand, Toyota announced that it will increase its efforts in designing cars with a fuel cell.

How to find good Suv for your family

As everyone knows, the sales of the cars in the world reaches its peak in the last few years. From all other continents, the most explosive sales growth is in Asia. The best-selling vehicle types in Asia are SUV. According to some reports, in the last 5 years, sales grew by 14%. This figure was more than enough for all car manufacturers to start to improve existing SUV models. Many companies have opened production plants in China and India. The production plants in this two countries greatly exceeds the production in all other countries.

How to choose good vehicle for your needs?

When we talk about SUVs, we can tell them apart on several grounds. The first and most important is the number of seats. There are models with only 5 seats, and those with 8 seats. People who have large family are the biggest buyers of these models. According to the size, SUVs are divided into small, medium and full-size. Depending on the number of seats we share the SUV with two rows of seats and the one with three rows of seats.

Half a year ago I was in a big dilemma. Since due to business travel long distances, I needed a car that is durable, but no big spending. On the other hand I have a large family (4 children), so I needed a model that can carry at least 6 passengers. To help all those who find themselves in a similar dilemma, I’ll describe 3 most popular SUV models that meet these requirements.

 Comparison of 3 SUV’s

The first model that I took into consideration was 2017 Sequoia Limited. This trim level have taken into consideration because it had the best ratio of price and equipment offered from all other Sequoia. This model has all the features that were essential to me. First of all there is a great engine and great towing capacity. Due to the provided comfort during the driving this SUV is ideal for going on vacation. Because of its 8 seats, it is ideal for families with many small children. The only potential sticking point is fuel consumption. It should be taken into account that the current fuel is extremely cheap so that will be the case probably in the next 2-3 years. So, for a short and medium term, this model is closest to my wishes. For 3 years I will probably opt for a hybrid model, but there is still plenty of time until then.


Another model that has interested me was Chevrolet Impala. The first criterion was met, because this model has 8 seats arranged in three rows. The interior of this model was done with a lot of aesthetic and practical details. When I test drove this model I was pleasantly surprised few times by the fact that the designers have thought on all the little things. Fuel economy is not very good. The reason for this is the V8 engine with 360 hp. This vehicle should choose anyone who wants to go on further travels. The equipment is impressive and includes realy great touch-screen, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear camera. We should also commend the excellent audio stereo system.


The third model is Honda Civic. From all mentioned models, this model has the best fuel economy. The MPG is actually just over 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. In the case that fuel consumption was the main criterion, I would still chose this model. Civic has a weaker engine of the Impala, and lower towing capacity, which amounts to 5,000 lbs (Impala has the entire 8,000 lbs). Honda Civic has excellent specification accessories which includes: Lane Departure, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front and rear camera and excellent dual-zone air condition.


As a conclusion, I can state that I have chosen model. In short, for all the listed qualities I chose Toyota Sequoia Limited for my next car.