While most brands roll out flavours for a particular season, in the UAE, there is one flavour for cars
that never goes out of fashion and people thoroughly savour. It’s the penchant for Japanese
vehicles. Beginning its hobnob for the contraption of some of the most dependable cars in the mass-
market segment, Japanese are now prevailing even in the luxury segment with brands such as Infiniti
and Lexus getting a terrific response from the Arab community who staunchly confide in these
brands that mirror their prestige and status.
Buy Used Honda or Nissan?
However, in families where cars or anything related to automobiles is not an uncommon topic of
discussion, it’s plausible that frequent debates could take place in choosing a definite Japanese car
and the one that is clever at riposte, generally reigns supreme. Cars from the stables of Honda and
Nissan is generally the most considered when reliable and sporty commuting is the prime
requirement. It’s almost an apocalypse when deciding on a used Japanese model as a variegated
variety becomes available in terms of body styles, segments and price range.
On a lucky day, one might even come across models that could mark your arrival at an elite business meeting or a party sponsored by a nabob. In reality, there are several personality traits that will decide whether a Honda or Nissan would be your best bet.
Performance vs Practicality
While both, cars from Nissan and Honda provide jaunty grunt from their engines, over the
immemorial decades, Honda has built an undisputed reputation, especially with its VTEC engines that
are ‘rev-happy’ and have positioned themselves in the enthusiast’s hearts as the last word in
performance. It holds its prowess in today’s day and age too with engines that sound better than an
‘ACCORDion,’ and provide spirited performance with their VTEC, turbocharged engines and those
cars that have provided the race track, a demi-God status such as the Civic Type-R and the Civic RS.
However, this is not to be misunderstood. Nissan has also had a glorious history in launching sporty
models branded under the Nismo tags and the iconic cars of the yesteryear such as the Datsun 240Z,
350Z, 370Z and the revered GT-R, the latter providing the brand’s uncensored expression of
pedigree, aggression, swiftness and agility.
It’s just that with regards to normal cars, it is Honda which leapfrogs Nissan by some margin and so
those scouting pure performance would go for used Honda cars, while those wanting a practical car
suitable for the everyday backdrop should prefer used Nissan cars.
Cars from both the marques are reliable to the t but in recent times, certain Nissan models have
become infamous because of their CVT transmission issues, which wouldn’t respond as per its
commitment besides being a slug. However, such issues occur only after the car has served its
obligations for a considerable period of time. It’s just that after an identical amount of miles-
munching, a Honda would be unfazed and inexorably continue to serve.
While both the brands can be accredited with providing a chunk of options for each body style, it is
Nissan goes one up above Honda as it has entered practically every segment possible
which allows buyers the flexibility to choose the SUV, crossover, sedan or hatchback of their
requirement. Against this, Honda is more reserved and has a few models in its lineup, each catering
to a particular customer. This means that even in the used car market, there won’t be as many
Honda model options as there would be of Nissan thus, strengthening its case.
Keeping these factors in consideration, it would be easy to decide if a Nissan or a Honda fits the bill
in the used car market.