From one small, car-mad island to another, cars built in Japan have a particular appeal here in the UK for all the significant differences in our respective cultures and geographical distance between us. While its car industry is still relatively young all things considered, the Japanese evolved quickly from making cars that mimicked American and European tastes into confident expressions of local engineering skill and – now – design too. There’s still a strong degree of uniqueness about Japanese cars, in particular performance models, which require a strong degree of bespoke engineering compared with the increasingly homogenised offerings of European car-makers. Here are some of our current favourites.
The nine best Japanese cars to buy in 2023
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