Are Japanese Cars Really More Reliable Than European And American Cars?

Are Japanese Cars More Reliable Than European And American Cars? If So, Why? This is the question I saw on a famous website Reddit.  In the following lines, I just wanted to share some of the views given by website visitors. Now I want to ask you what you think about this. Please feel free to give your comments about the quality and reliability of Japanese cars vs. their US or EU counterparts.

There are several questions we may be able to address on these pages. Some of these are as follows.

  • How are the Japanese Japanese, US, and EU cars different from one another?
  • Are one type of car more expensive than the other?
  • Do you see any major difference while driving any of the cars from these different regions and countries?
  • Does the quality and reliability of a car depend on the name of the country or based on the maker itself?
  • Are all Japanese cars better than their counterparts in the US and EU? If yes, why? If not why not?
  • Which brands and models do you like the most and why?

You could give any comments on the questions listed above. . We will try to publish every comment you write here. So, hurry up and let us know your take on this burning topic.

this is the number one job of this website to give you all the possible information about this topic and other related information as well, of course.  Let us make it our home to share our thoughts about the reliability and quality of used Japanese cars and how you compare them with those of their US or European counterparts.

By looking at the comments given on that website,  it seems to me the consensus is that Japanese cars are generally more reliable than European and American cars, particularly Honda and Toyota.

First of all, is this a fact or a perception?

If it’s fact, why? What do European and American manufacturers lack that makes their cars less reliable?

It seems, if you go to any “most reliable cars” thread, Honda and Toyota will be the most mentioned names on the website and offline as well.

Have this two cracked something in the manufacturing process the other makers haven’t caught up on? That is a natural question that comes to our mind next. If you have any say on this, please speak up loudly. We will be more than happy to listen to you and then spread the word all over the world about what you think is the difference between the reliability of used Japanese, vs. European cars or US cars, available in the Japanese market.

In the following lines, I just wanted to quote an anonymous user on website by commending Honda and Toyota in terms of engine reliability and quality, and comfortability.  Please enjoy./ the info.

Japanese automotive industry started manufacturing cars on a large-scale basis in the 1940s.  At that time, their main motive was to offer a useable car that would run for as long a period as possible.  European and American cars at that were far more luxurious and safer in those early days.

As the Japanese culture aims for perfection all the time, the Japanese automotive industry has been no exception to this rule. The Japanese automakers kept on improving their cars relentlessly during the 50s to 80s. Japanese auto workers would take flaws or imperfections in their cars seriously and would try to fix the issue no matter how much time it would take

With time, Japanese automotive companies started paying attention to styling and comfort in their manufacturing processes.  They knew that American and European customers valued performance and safety above anything else. So, they started including safety and performance features in their vehicles.

The 1973 Oil Crisis proved to be a blessing for Japanese automakers as they had already been manufacturing fuel-efficient cars.  The sales of high-quality fuel-efficient cars accelerated as a result of the crisis. Most of the consumers in the US, Europe, and other parts of the world started buying Japanese cars.


In the early nineties, the US and European car makers started catching up with the Japanese in terms of superiority, reliability, and comfort. However, the Japanese autautomakersintained their edge on these makes in virtually all scales of comparisons.

However, for the past decade or so since 2005, the US and European automotive manufacturers have caught up with the Japanese automakers.

According to another opinion cited by a car owner, the performance of 10 years or older cars varies greatly even among Japanese makers.  Both Nissan and Mazda models are rated down. However, the cars from Honda and Toyota are viewed as highly reliable and superior to their US and European counterparts even after the lapse of 10 years or so. Maybe, Subaru is another Japanese maker which has earned a good reputation for its 110-year-old cars.  Toyota and Isuzu trucks are also great models in terms of long-term reliability.

However, despite all the historical facts mentioned above, even Toyota and Honda sometimes, have to recall millions of vehicles due to various problems all around the globe. But, generally speaking, both these models are reliable in terms of long-term durability, overall design, and initial quality.  But, keep in mind, there are large variations even among various car models. You may end up purchasing a bad Toyota or Honda car. On the other hand, some Chrysler model(s) may prove to be great in all the above-mentioned measures.

The best route would probably, be to examine eaceveryr you plan to purchase and then make a thothoughtfulcision on whether to baby or not.

Are Japanese Cars More Reliable Than European And American Cars?

In my opinion, Honda and Toyota emphasize quality and reliability more than other Japanese automobile manufacturers. Here’s the reliability data for engines of different car makers across the world:

Engine reliability – top 10 brands according to Warranty Direct

1. Honda (failure rate: 1 in 344)

2. Toyota (failure rate: 1 in 171)

3. Mercedes-Benz (failure rate: 1 in 119)

4. Volvo (failure rate: 1 in 111)

5. Jaguar (failure rate: 1 in 103)

6. Lexus (failure rate: 1 in 101)

7. Fiat (failure rate: 1 in 85)

8. Ford (failure rate: 1 in 80)

9. Nissan (failure rate: 1 in 76)

10. Land Rover (failure rate: 1 in 72)

Engine reliability – bottom 10 brands according to Warranty Direct

1. MG Rover (failure rate: 1 in 13)

2. Audi (failure rate: 1 in 27)

3. Mini (failure rate: 1 in 40)

4. Saab (failure rate: 1 in 40)

5. Vauxhall (failure rate: 1 in 41)

6. Peugeot (failure rate: 1 in 44)

7. BMW (failure rate: 1 in 45)

8. Renault (failure rate: 1 in 46)

9. Volkswagen (failure rate: 1 in 52)

10. Mitsubishi (failure rate: 1 in 59)

In the following lines, another user of that site gave his take on the reliability of Japanese cars.

You can easily see that Honda leads its closest competitor Toyota by almost double the reliability index. However, in the top 10 reliable engines, there are makers from different countries (Germany, US). And in the bottom 10, there is just one Japanese maker – Mitsubishi, with a high failure rate.

Hence, if you want to have a reliable car, go for Honda or Toyota rather than going for a Japanese car maker per se.

Another user offered a different perspective on the issue.  He said that In the past, no. But over time, the Japanese autautomakerscused on building reliable vehicles which is what they’re known for now.
But there are recalls even for Japanese autos so their reliability isn’t As good as it once was. The companies have grown in size, adapting the autos to different markets And citing for market share, all of which affected the quality of their cars.

The issues we have tried to raise in the above lines are important as, in our opinion, not every maker and not every model is the same.  We would like to get your frank opinion on the reliability and quality of the cars you drive and what models are you planning to purchase next. We will love to hear from you.  Just think about this seemingly very simple question which I will repeat here for you to think about the issue at hand then reply us to thoroughly about what you think about whether Japanese Cars are more Reliable Than European And American Cars. If so, why?