8 Most Reliable Cars in Nigeria

Planning to get yourself a car or as a gift for a loved one? You should go for the most reliable cars in Nigeria considering the nature of Nigerian roads.

most reliable cars in Nigeria

Before buying any car in Nigeria, there are measures to follow. These measures will help you understand what sort of car is suitable and also affordable for purchase. To cut short the stress, we have compiled a list of the most reliable cars in Nigeria to buy.

This compilation also features the best-used cars to buy in Nigeria with a low budget. That is, you can get these classes of cars as fairly used at a low cost. Most of all, they are the cheapest cars to maintain in Nigeria.

Below are the most reliable cars in Nigeria:

1. Toyota Corolla

The first impression is the handling. The ride is a 4-door good looking sedan car. Despite being a mid-class car, it gives a touch of luxury and it is one of the cheapest cars to maintain in Nigeria. Also, this would make a perfect car for Uber business in Nigeria.

This 2007 handling rating by How You Do Cars are 6.72%. Not bad, right? The transmission is automatic and matches perfectly with its engine. Any Nigerian getting this car would have to say “goodbye” to manual handling which sometimes 8kmake drivers furious. On the fuel part, this corolla is designed to be fuel-efficient.

The wheelbase is 102.4 inches and for the engine, it is a 1.8-liter engine with 4-Cyl. The fuel capacity is decent at 13.2 gallons which means longer fueling and extensive driving.

While on bumpy Nigerian roads, the worries about protruding speed bumps and potholes should be the least worry. Corolla 2007 is a rugged car and can as well serve as the best-used car in Nigeria.

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2. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is another of the most reliable cars in Nigeria. About 9.3% of an average working-class family in Nigeria owns the Honda Civic. This is due to its economy and efficiency support.

Honda Civic LX Sedan 2007 is one of the most used cars in Nigeria. A foreign used Honda Civic LX sedan cost between 1.4 million and 1.8 million Naira.

On this other hand, there is the 2008 Honda Civic offering an optimum driving experience. It spots a gas mileage of 25 mpg City/36 mpg highway. Do you like front-wheel drives? The 2008 Honda DX Automatic Coupe is a front-wheel-drive with 2 passenger doors and can contain up to 5 passengers. Lest we forget, the transmission system is automatic w/OD.

3. Honda Accord Crosstour

A Crosstour gives you the complete touch of a luxurious SUV car. They have the builds of cars like Infinity but not as large as such and does not spot a loud engine.

In this article, we are referring to not just reliable cars but affordable cars in Nigeria. This brings the case, Honda Crosstour 2010 SUV comes to mind.  It qualifies also as one of the most reliable cars in Nigeria because of its ruggedness and efficiency.

Crosstour is a four-wheel drive with fuel support. In Nigeria, getting fuel is less difficult as every bend has fuel stations. It also supports the Nigerian driver-setup which is a left-hand drive.

The transmission is automatic and the car economy is low. Although it’s preferable to Lexus R300, it is costly. A Tokunbo Honda 2010 Crosstour costs between 3.9 million Naira and 4.2 million Naira. A fairly Nigerian used Honda Crosstour would not cost beyond 2.5 million Naira. It might well qualify to be the best SUV in Nigeria at a cheap cost.

4. Lexus RX300

The RX300 is a Radiant Crossover car debuted between 1998 and 1999 and its arrival was a sort of diversion from traditional SUVs. The idea was to create something with the touch of SUV, Sport, and a sedan car. Today, the idea is a success and the RX300 is making waves worldwide.

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Beginning from the 2003 model, the mini SUV is suitable and very recommendable for Nigeria. The car is very well affordable and durable. The Tokunbo cost is about 3 million Naira while as a fairly used car, it goes for as low 1 million Naira. Websites like Carmart, Jiji, Cheki, etc. feature this car for sale for as low as 1.4 million Naira.

Lexus RX300 is an all-wheel-drive vehicle featuring a gas engine and a transmission speed up to 4-speed automatic. It also features a V6 Cylinder and a fuel economy city MPG of 18. What more would you ask for in a near-luxurious SUV such as this?

5. Mercedes Benz C240

At the mention of Mercedes, car owners/drivers in Nigeria seem to give it all attention. The Mercedes company is known for its powerful cars. The C240 is not an exception beginning with its heavy-duty battery.

The drive type is rear-wheel and it spots a 4-wheel disc-break. Mercedes Benz C240 is a very efficient vehicle and thus qualifies as the most reliable car in Nigeria to buy. The transmission speed is a 5-speed Touch Lift for fast transmission.

It gauges up to 16.4 gallons of fuel and this means a longer duration on driving in Nigeria. As one of the most reliable cars in Nigeria, its cost is very affordable. A C240 Benz costs between 2 million and 2.5 million for a used one.

6. Toyota Highlander

An average Nigerian family requires a car with at least 4-seat support. With Toyota Highlander SUV and later, at least 5 seats are available. The 4-door SUV should be able to contain up to 6 where occasion demands. The car demands for less expensive and very well manageable by a working-class citizen in Nigeria.

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Highlanders came into the car market in 2001. The model has been released several times and in several years between 2001 and today. The 2007 Highlander, for example, supports gas as engine type, V6 as cylinder type, and a 5-speed automatic transmission. Overall, the highlander is a pretty car to opt for. Getting one for yourself would mean experiencing a premium SUV life at a low cost.

7. Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry is a reigning vehicle in Nigeria. This wouldn’t be so if the running cost is high. Moreover, the car is less fuel-consuming and very reliable. The common problem, however, is theft. This wouldn’t be a concern as long as you’re careful with the sort roads threaded.

Between 2006 and 2014, the Camry models are sure rugged and cheap. Today, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 models can go for as low as 900 thousand or lower.

The economy/management is very well containable by any working-class person in Nigeria. The fuel consumption is low in basically all Camry models.

8. Honda EOD

The Honda EOD is one of the best-used cars to buy in Nigeria. Buying it as a new or Tokunbo vehicle will mean a longer time of use without problems.

In early 2007, car owners believed the EOD (End of Discussion) to be the most reliable car in Nigeria. There is no lie in this after all.


There you go with the most reliable cars in Nigeria. What’s your thought on these? By the way, more cars would be added and some would be removed from the list as time goes on.

When buying used cars, consider assessing the car using a reliable mechanic or specialized company. Going for new? If you have the money, you’re good to go with any of the listed cars.

There are lots of Tokunbo cars in Nigeria to pick from. Know all the Tokunbo car prices in Nigeria to avoid being cheated.