26 Best Japanese Cars of 2018

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Our Rankings Reveal the Best Cars From Japanese Brands

Japanese vehicles are generally known for practicality and reliability, the cornerstones upon which the most prominent Japanese automakers stake their reputations. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions to the reliability rule – and less-practical Japanese sports cars and sporty compact cars have also earned international renown.

With just one notable exception, most of the vehicles on this list lean more toward the family-friendly types. That is because we based this list on our rankings, which score every vehicle on a number of factors that are most important to consumers. Cars with good predicted reliability ratings, strong crash test scores, useful safety features, and a comfortable and well-designed interior tend to top the charts.

Take a look through the following slides and you’ll see why many of these Japanese cars are class leaders.

This slideshow covers mainstream Japanese cars. If you’re interested in Japanese luxury cars, click here.

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