The Nigerian road safety code of conduct stipulates that you can legally start driving on Nigerian roads from the age of 18. This is because it's believed that this is the age when you make certain life decisions independently. This is also the age most people get into the university. If you're within the age range of 18 - 30 and still a student, you would want to stay trendy and boost your swag as much as possible.
One way to do that is by having your own ride. Once you can afford one, or your parents have asked you to choose what car you like, it's wise that you select an "easy to maintain" ride. Therefore, we at Naijauto have decided to bring you the best cars for students in Nigeria, helping you make an informed decision. We considered fuel economy, affordable, ease of maintaining, adaptability and swag while compiling this list.
1. Toyota Camry
This is one of the most popular car models you would find on Nigerian roads.
From the 2.2 to the 2.4 and the muscle, the Toyota Camry cars are fuel efficient and spacious. As a student, you don't need to spend your pocket money on fuel or expensive car parts when the Camry saves you fuel and the spare parts are everywhere. The Camry also has space for when you wish to convey your friends from class back home - one passenger with you in front, 3 or 4 more at the back seat.
Along with the Corolla, the Toyota Camry is one of the best-sellers from the Japanese automaker
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2. Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 is not only an affordable SUV but gives you the feeling of having a "jeep" (what Nigerians nickname SUVs). This compact sport utility vehicle has just the right space to help you move cargo. If you're moving from one hostel to another, you won't need to rent a van when your RAV4 can do the job. Since the Toyota Venza was discontinued, the RAV4 has risen in sales, so buy yours ASAP!
The rugged Toyota Rav4 is linkened to a Jeep
>>> See the price list of Toyota RAV4 in Nigeria! Prices of Toyota RAV4 in Nigeria (Update in 2019)
3. Honda CRV
The Honda CRV is one compact SUV that has constantly been in competition with the Toyota RAV4. They are almost similar, though the CRV is a bit more expensive. But it adds style to your arrival when you drive one. Also, keep in mind that campus babies love SUVs. You'll find yourself hitting many birds with one stone... Sorry, one CRV!
The Honda CRV can be an alternative to a Jeep as well
>>> Check the CR-V price here: Honda CR-V prices in Nigeria - which model year should you go for? (Update in 2019)
4. Toyota Corolla
A lot of people have sought an alternative to the Camry, and many switched to the Toyota Corolla. It's more compact than the Camry and chic. It's believed to also adapt better to Nigerian roads than the Camry. But another school of thought says the car is feminine. Without sounding non-feminist, I partly agree. So if you're a female student thinking of what car would fit your personality, you should consider this ride.
Having been the best fuel-efficient car throughout the years, the Toyota Corolla is meant for student rides for sure
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5. Toyota Solara
This is also considered feminine because it's mostly a two-door coupe. Most guys prefer 4-door vehicles. On the other hand, you can also consider getting the convertible Toyota Solara - if you intend to show off once in a while. Like every other Toyota car, it's fuel efficient, easy to maintain and reliable.
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6. Kia Rio
There was a time the Kia Rio was considered "the female student car" in Enugu State, Nigeria. Almost all female students drove this ride - with most sticking with the red color Rio's. This was also the case at the University of Abuja, Port Harcourt and some tertiary institutions in the west of Nigeria as well. Therefore, we will also count this as another great car for female students in Nigeria.
The Kia Rio is favoured by female students
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7. Honda Accord
The Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry debates are always endless. Which is better? Which is more efficient? Which is more stylish? And so on. As a student, you should consider this brand and model - if you want something different from Toyota. The 4-door sedan is quite comfortable, though less spacious than the Toyota Camry, but it can still comfortably contain your friends. It's also fuel efficient and has great tech features - especially if you buy those made from 2010 till date.
Honda attained success with the Accord which formed a longtime rivalry with the Toyota Camry
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8. The Honda Civic
The Honda Civic, though compact, its reliability can hardly be questioned. You can choose from the range of coupes and sedans associated with this model. If you are a fast and dogged Nigerian student, and you wish to get a car just like you, go for the Honda Civic. You won't regret it one bit!
Sporty vibes are what the Honda Civic will definitely give you
>>> And here you are, the Civic price: Honda Civic price in Nigeria - Find out the variant that matches your needs (Update in 2019)
9. Hyundai Elantra
Finally, not everyone wants to drive a Toyota or a Honda. If you're in this category, you may want to consider purchasing the Hyundai Elantra. Good thing is, the car is quite becoming popular in Nigeria. Therefore, you won't have to cross the river Niger every time your car has a fault, just to buy the spare parts. Just like the Japanese counterparts, this South Korean ride is affordable, saves you fuel and adapts to the bad Nigerian roads with ease.
Fuel economy is what made its name
It's important to note that these cars go for less than 5 million nairas (for tokunbo/Belgium). The Nigerian-used go for less than 3 million nairas. Therefore, if you're thinking of getting a Bugatti or Benz and you aren't sure you can maintain those, go through this list of best cars for students in Nigeria. You'll definitely find one that fits your personality and your pocket!
>>> You can find more car buying and selling tips and advice from our experts on our website Naijauto.com!