No Competition, Just Practicality — An Overview of Japanese vs American Cars

News picture No Competition, Just Practicality — An Overview of Japanese vs American Cars
date 2022-05-31

Looking for a car but still unsure which brand to get? Hopefully, this article will help you narrow down your options. For this article, we will be comparing Japanese and American cars based on performance, safety, cost, reliability, and fuel efficiency.



One of the key factors to consider is how engines and transmissions operate over time. Now, even though Japanese cars are considered to have better performance than American ones, American cars have improved significantly over the years based on quality and performance. If you want great examples of autmobiles that were nominated for top cars of 2020-2021, we can share that Subaru Levorg, representing Japan, and the Kia Telluride from America are hot automobiles

However we also want to point out that both Japanese and American cars will decrease in performance when they hit the 10-year margin.

The chart below shows how well a car’s engine and transmission will perform over time.




One of the most important elements to consider when choosing a car to buy is safety. Generally speaking, Japanese cars have the upper hand in this department due to their standards and technologies approved by the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), but this doesn’t mean American cars are not as safe. On the contrary, throughout the years, more and more IHHS picked American cars are just as safe as their Japanese counterparts.

However, if we are to look towards more evidential matters for safety; car scores from prominent brands such as Toyota, Honda, and Lexus dominate the charts. Whereas American brands like Jeep and Ford are found within the bottom areas.


This isn’t always the case like it was said. There are indeed top charted cars in terms of safety from America and Japan. IIHS or the The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety was able to show good scores between both brands, specifically the 2022 Ford Escape for America, and the 2022 Honda CR-V for Japan.


When it comes to cost, you might hear that American cars are cheaper overall, but doing your research is most important when it comes to this factor. More than considering the country, it’s best to consider specific models that will cater to your particular needs.

Costing is a factor that decides an automobile purchase, but it honestly can differ from one car to another. Now if we think of other costs such as maintenance, prices can differ. With that said, Japanese cars, in most cases, are simpler compared to their American counterparts, and are considered cheaper in maintenance — less problematic, less demanding, less pain for your wallet. Why? Consider the cost of a damaged Mazda transmission compared to a damaged transmission of a Jeep; prices can shoot up twice if not thrice for a single part!


Although both American and Japanese cars are reliable, it is believed that Japanese cars have more reliability when it comes to their track record, quality, and production management. Additionally, it is said that American manufacturers tend to focus more on new modifications, sometimes over improving quality.


Fuel Efficiency

Japanese vehicles are generally more fuel-efficient than American vehicles since American manufacturers focus more on SUVs, whereas Japanese manufacturers focus more on sedans. Although, in recent years it is said that American vehicles are catching up to their Japanese competitors when it comes to fuel efficiency.

JBAP does a thorough 452-point check to make sure of the car’s condition, regardless of the model. But, at the end of the day, what’s most important is choosing a car that caters to your specific needs, and JBA Philippines is here to help you choose the best secondhand vehicle for you.

You can find both types of vehicles at our JBAP auctions to see for yourself which car you really want to take home. See you there!


In conclusion, it’s all about preference. Both cars have pros and cons, and it’s up to you to decide what you value most about your vehicles. Either way, you can find both types of vehicles at our JBAP auctions to see for yourself which car you really want to take home. See you there!



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  • shifty
    date Jul 15 2022
    how about european car ?