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2018 Honda N-Box

2018 Honda N-Box

On a per-person basis, Americans buy more new cars than do the Japanese. In 2017, for example, American buyers snatched up roughly 17.3 million cars and light trucks. That works out to approximately one car for every 18 U.S. residents.

Car and light truck sales in Japan came to about 4.4 million units in 2017. That works out to roughly one new car or truck for every 28 Japanese citizens. However, that’s not the only thing different about the Japanese domestic new-car market.

Despite the fact that many of the cars and crossovers Americans buy are retailed here by Japanese brands, there is no duplication between Japan’s top-ten best-selling car list and ours.

Another thing that differentiates the U.S. car market from the Japanese market is the latter’s Kei car segment. Also known as K-Cars, these tiny vehicles are limited in exterior dimensions and engine size in order to meet government regulations. In exchange for complying with these restrictions, K-Car owners enjoy substantial tax breaks and often reduced insurance costs.

Presented here are the top ten best-selling Japanese-market vehicles, six of which fall into the K-Car segment. If your travels have ever allowed you to spend time with one or more of these vehicles, please tell us about it. The place to leave comments is below the last car.

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Honda N-Box: 218,478

2018 Honda N-Box

2018 Honda N-Box

Base Price: ¥1,385,640 ($12,750)

Base Engine: .66-liter 3-cylinder

Overall Length: 134 inches

Note: The N-Box features minivan-like sliding rear doors.

 

Toyota Prius: 160,912

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Japanese-market 2018 Toyota Prius

Base Price: ¥2,429,018 ($22,500)

Base Engine: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with hybrid assist

Overall Length: 178 inches

Note: Apart from being right-hand drive, the Japanese-market Prius is very much like its U.S.-market counterpart.

 

Daihatsu Move: 141,373

Daihatsu Move

2018 Daihatsu Move

Base Price: ¥1,775,000 ($16,500)

Base Engine: .65-liter 3-cylinder

Overall Length: 134 inches

Note: A retrimmed version of the Move is sold in Japan as the Subaru Stella. It’s also worth noting that Daihatsu is wholly owned by Toyota.

 

Daihatsu Tanto: 141,312

2018 Daihatsu Tanto

2018 Daihatsu Tanto

Base Price: ¥1,775,000 ($16,500)

Base Engine: .65-liter 3-cylinder

Overall Length: 134 inches

Note: The Tanto is mechanically similar to the Daihatsu Move, but is higher overall, and features sliding rear doors.

 

Nissan Note: 138,905

2018 Nissan Note

2018 Nissan Note

Base Price: ¥1,678,000 ($15,600)

Base Engine: 1.4-liter 4-cylinder

Overall Length: 161 inches

Note: A version of the Note is sold in the U.S. as the Versa Note.

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Nissan Dayz: 137,514

2018 Nissan Dayz

2018 Nissan Dayz

Base Price: ¥1,530,000 ($14,250)

Base Engine: .66-liter 3-cylinder

Overall Length: 134 inches

Note: The Dayz is a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi eK, also sold in Japan.

 

Toyota Aqua: 131,615

2018 Toyota Aqua

2018 Toyota Aqua

Base Price: ¥1,785,240 ($16,600)

Base Engine: 1.5-liter 4-cylinder

Overall Length: 157 inches

Note: The American-market Prius c is based on the Aqua. Unlike the Prius c, the Aqua can be had with a non-hybridized drivetrain.

 

Toyota C-HR: 117,299

2018 Toyota C-HR JDM

2018 Toyota C-HR

Base Price: ¥2,600,000 ($24,150)

Base Engine: 1.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

Overall Length: 172 inches

Note: The American-market C-HR is nearly identical to the Japanese version, save for engine and transmission options.

 

Suzuki Wagon R: 114,711

Suzuki Wagon R, Best Selling Cars in Japan

2018 Suzuki Wagon R

Base Price: ¥1,078,920 ($10,500)

Base Engine: .66-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder

Overall Length: 134 inches

Note: This tiny Suzuki is sold in India as the Maruti Turbo R, where it racked up almost 170,000 sales in 2018–good enough to be that country’s fifth best-selling vehicle in 2017.

 

Suzuki Spacia: 104,763

2018 Suzuki Spacia, Best Selling Cars in Japan

2018 Suzuki Spacia

Base Price: ¥1,560,000 ($14,500)

Base Engine: .66-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder

Overall Length: 134 inches

Note: The Spacia is mechanically similar to the Suzuki Wagon R, but sits higher and features sliding rear doors.

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