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Domestic vs foreign cars, what's the difference?

Updated: Jan 20, 2022






Below, we explain the key differences and attempt to settle the domestic vs foreign cars debate.


1.Safety

2.Ride comfort

3.Driving performance

4.Environmental performance

5.Maintenance cost


Let's take a look.


1. Safety

The most frightening thing about riding in a car is a traffic accident.

Each country have different attitudes toward safety, different environments, and different types of accidents that are more likely to occur, resulting in different results.


In Japan, there are many accidents involving cars and pedestrians, so cars are developed with this in mind.

By making the body with materials that absorb impact.



Although Japanese cars and foreign cars have different ideas on how to make cars, it can be said that the safety of both cars is improving every year.


2. Riding comfort



"High driving performance" refers to the smooth acceleration with just a light step on the gas pedal and the high handling performance that allows the driver to freely control the car at will."

In general, foreign cars are superior in these areas.



However, in recent years, Japanese cars have also been improving their comfortability, and even compact cars have a much larger interior space.


3. Driving performance


Japanese cars have a softer suspension and lighter weight, so you are less likely to feel the impact of bumps on the road when driving in town.

However, this makes it more difficult to get a good grip on the road surface, so the vehicle seems to be less stable.


On the other hand, many foreign cars are designed to be durable and have longevity, as their sturdy bodies are designed to withstand engine power and impacts from road surfaces.



4. Environmental performance


Hybrid models of gasoline and Electric cars have become the mainstream in Japanese cars.


They are also characterized by the demand for eco-cars and other vehicles with high fuel efficiency and good environmental performance.


For foreign cars, "downsizing turbo" and "clean diesel engines" are the mainstream.

In foreign countries, there is a strong tendency not only to seek fuel efficiency but also to enhance driving performance.


5. Maintenance cost

Maintenance costs include

"repair costs," "insurance premiums," "gasoline costs," and "taxes.


Japanese cars have fewer breakdowns and parts are produced domestically, making them cheaper to repair, while foreign cars have more frequent breakdowns and parts are ordered from overseas, making them more expensive, so Japanese cars are by far the least expensive.





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