7 Cars that are Cheaper and Better to buy in Nigeria than the Toyota Corolla


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The Toyota Corolla (2002 - 2006) is becoming more popular in Nigeria but only a few people know that there are better alternatives. Check them out here!

Many Nigerians currently think that the Toyota Corolla 2002 - 2006 models are the best car on the market due to reasons that are actually quite justifiable. These Corolla sedan models are popularly called the "Uber Corolla" because a lot of Nigerians use them as a taxi because of their amazing fuel economy and durability. Unfortunately, the current "frenzy" around this car model is making a lot of car buyers make terrible purchase decisions at this time. Sometimes in 2020, we published an article that highlighted some reasons why not to buy the Toyota Corolla anymore in Nigeria. Well, we are back again this time with a list of the top 7 cars that are currently cheaper and better to buy in Nigeria than the Toyota Corolla. Read on!


A side view of the 2004 Toyota Corolla from the front

To start with, one cannot deny that the Toyota Corolla is highly desirable in Nigeria because it is easy to maintain, easy to buy, easy to fuel, easy to use, easy to drive and very easy to sell. Who wouldn't love such a car model? In fact, the Toyota Corolla is luckily not even among the least valuable cars in Nigeria. Yes, this simply means that it has a very high resale value. You can resell a Toyota Corolla for double the price you bought it 5 years ago. That is how crazy Nigerians value the "Uber Corolla", but guess what?

We are here to save you from this dangerous "frenzy" that is very blinding!


This is a typical interior of the Toyota Corolla sedan


7 Cars that are Cheaper and Better to buy in Nigeria than the Toyota Corolla

While going through the below list, please pay attention to the areas where each car excels better than the Toyota Corolla and why you should pick them as a better alternative. 

1. VOLKSWAGEN JETTA (2005-2009)

The Volkswagen Jetta between 2005 and 2009 model year is a perfect choice to buy instead of the Corolla if you want to easily stand out in the affordable compact car category.


Volkswagen Jetta looks very attractive

Not only does the Volkswagen Jetta look newer and finer than the Corolla but it also drives better too. This car comes in 3 engine classes including; a 1.8-litre Turbo, 2.0-litre turbo and a 2.5-litre engine. No matter the engine option that you buy on this car, you are always guaranteed the speed and performance of a luxury car. Also, it saves fuel just like the Toyota Corolla. 

Nobody ever regrets buying the Jetta in Nigeria except you don't have a good automotive technician and wiring technician to help you keep a proper maintenance schedule for your Passat. This car easily runs into problems that need expert mechanics to fix. Once you take it for a bad fix, then you just might hate your Jetta for life.


This is a lovely interior of the Volkswagen Jetta 

The interior of the Volkswagen Jetta also comes in leather for some trims and lastly, the audio system is something everyone admires about this car.

2. HONDA CIVIC (2006-2008)

Wash it out of your brain that "Honda is always tearing leg on the road". Yes, a Honda car will only break down on the road when you don't do the right thing sir/ma.


This Honda Civic is a better car than the Toyota Corolla

What is good about buying the Honda Civic instead of the Corolla is that you get to buy a cheaper and newer car over the Corolla. The 2006-2007 Honda Civic is a great car to buy over the Corolla because it offers more features, a better look and a more economical 4 cylinder engine.

Have you seen how sporty this car can look?. If you use the change you get from buying it to pimp it up a little bit, you get a beautiful Honda Civic. 


Just take a look at this gorgeous interior of a 2006 Honda Civic sedan 

The Honda Civic also has that digital speed gauge that makes you get the feel of being advanced from the level of Toyota Corolla drivers in Nigeria. 

3. NISSAN ALTIMA (2002 - 2006)

This car is somewhat a forgotten hero for no solid reason. The 2002 - 2006 Nissan Altima is a car that comes in either a 2.5 litre or a 3.5-litre V6 engine and this car had a good reign in Nigeria between 2006 and 2010. This was the car that popular Nigerian rapper, Dagrin bought when he came to the limelight back in 2010. 


The Nissan Altima is a steal on wheels

The Nissan Altima is a spec for sporty car lovers and the V6 engine has always been known to be quick enough for fast car lovers. The Nissan Altima today has lost its market value due to reliability issues which boils down to bad mechanics just like the case of the Volkswagen Jetta. You can buy a foreign used Nissan Altima and enjoy the Nissan engineering and design. This car is way cheaper than the Corolla and also has a better interior setup and durability than the Corolla. In terms of size too, it is bigger and has a more balanced out ride than the Corolla. 

4. HYUNDAI ACCENT (2005 - 2009)

The Hyundai Accent is a compact car that beats the Toyota Corolla hands down when it comes to fuel economy and other features. 


Hyundai Accent for sale in Nigeria is very scarce 

The 2005 to 2009 Hyundai Accent is a car to buy over the Toyota Corolla if you want a really compact car that could be tagged portable. This Hyundai Accent is very small and it's one of the best-starter cars out there on the market today.

5. KIA RIO (2005 - 2009)

The Kia Rio is one of the cars that actually sold so much as brand-new in Nigeria as opposed to how Nigerians mostly buy Tokunbo cars. This car was reigning between 2005 and 2009 as the official car of many companies in Nigeria.


The Kia Rio is a small car to enjoy your driving with 

Now, you can buy a foreign used one for a "steal" and enjoy either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-Speed automatic transmission paired to be the best fuel economy ever. The Kia Rio is that one car you can buy to keep you in an executive space on people's minds. The car says a lot for its owner. It just looks calm and collected.


The Toyota Yaris is a car that is slightly smaller than the Corolla but it looks way better than the Corolla when it comes to body lines and just overall exterior appearance.


Toyota Yaris - A cute Toyota car that beats the Corolla's looks

Guess what? the Toyota Yaris is cheaper than the Corolla which is why you should buy it. Based on driving dynamics, the Yaris is very similar to the Corolla.


The Toyota Matrix is actually a Toyota Corolla Matrix, bet you didn't know that. The Matrix is a functional Corolla because it has a hatchback design which makes it
have 5 doors and a big space offering in the trunk. 


The rear door of a Toyota Matrix just screams space

You can also collapse all seats except the driver's seat to create so much space in the Toyota Matrix for Cargo.


The Toyota Matrix is a more functional car than the Corolla

The Toyota Matrix is one of the top 5 Best Cars for Small Business Owners in Nigeria that need to move their goods and properties from one place to another.


There you have it! The top 7 Cars that are Cheaper and Better to buy in Nigeria than the Toyota Corolla. Make sure to check our website Naijauto.com every day for more tips and advice on anything related to cars in Nigeria. 

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Crank - the head of content for 234DRIVE is a mechanic/car enthusiast/car vlogger that writes and creates relatable motoring experiences. Whenever he lays his hands on any car, he reviews them in depth. He calls himself the 'Educative Car Guy'.

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