The best selling car manufacturer in the world, Toyota, still has the reputation as the most reliable of vehicles. Even after decades of new competitors coming into the market, Toyota has managed to produce affordable, long lasting cars that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Toyota has many different models to choose from, but all of them are reputable, known for low maintenance costs and easy driving. In fact, Toyotas are the most often sold and most often bought second hand cars. It is not surprising that they have such a good reputation.
A second hand Toyota Vios is a wise choice. It generally has a long life expectancy for a four-door sedan on the lower end of the price spectrum. The Vios typically comes with a 1.5 liter 1NZ-FE engine. Try to find a second hand model built after 2005, when the exterior and interior both received upgrades and a more stylish modern look.
The Toyota Yaris is basically the same car as the Vios. It is marketed to and manufactured for customers in the United States and Australia. There a few small variations however, when compared directly to the Vios. The underpinning are located on different angles and provides more stability than its Vios cousin. But, generally speaking, it is the same car, an affordable sedan that won’t break down.
Moving up in size to a mid-size SUV, you may find the Toyota Fortuner a good choice. Also known as the SW4, the Fortuner offers size, power, stability, and performance. It can be found on the second hand market with a variety of different types of engines, so be careful you don’t overpay. The Fortuner comes with engines ranging from the 2.7 liter 2TR-FE engine to the largest 4.0 liter 1GR-FE V6. The Fortuner is a very big car, with a height of 1.85 meters, so be sure you have adequate space for parking before making this purchase.
The Toyota Altis is actually a splinter design of the traditional Toyota Corolla. Altis is the name given to Corolla’s built after 2000 and sold in South East Asia. The Altis has many benefits from its predecessors, most importantly it was lengthened while still retaining the standard side panels and beautiful exterior. Most are stocked with the 1ZZ-FE engine, and quite honestly, it is probably one of the best, if not the best, Toyota’s for the price.
As one of Toyota’s most popular cars, the Camry is a four-door mid-size that is sold in almost every country in the world. It is sleek, stylish, but comfortable and appropriate to serve as a family vehicle. The older Camry’s were a bit narrow, but the Camry's built after the mid 1990’s were engineered wider. The later models have much better handling on the road, especially at middle to high speeds. As the quality of the design increases. So does the price, so be careful if selecting a recent model Camry with low mileage.