Top 5 cheapest but reliable cars for commuting in Nigeria

08/29/2020

Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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With the world's economy gradually opening, commuting to work is going to become a thing again. Check out the cheapest but reliable cars for commuting in the country!

Overview

Like others in the world, Nigerians need good vehicles for commuting to work and vice versa. When it comes to selecting the best cars perfect for Nigerian pockets, climate, and roads, a lot of factors are needed to be put into consideration. Some of these cars are expensive, and others may not last long enough on rugged Nigerian roads. Therefore, the demand for the cheapest but reliable cars for commuting is always increasing in Nigeria.

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In Nigeria, long commutes are made by car most often

Background of commuting in Nigeria

Before we go on, what exactly is the best commuting definition?

It simply means working at a place far from home. To make the daily long journeys and not disappoint your employers, you require the best cars for commuting. 

Nigerians are workaholics and love the hustle and bustle of business and work. This means they require constant mobility. Everybody in Nigeria is seeking comfort both at home and on the roads. As a result of this, average Nigerians who can afford their comfort on the road prefer to buy reliable commuting cars for commuting jobs. Naturally, the best cars for commuting long distances would be the brands or models that are accustomed to Nigerian people.

You can, of course, decide to go public transport mode and use any of the best commercial vehicles for commuting. However, like most Nigerians, ultimately, we are sure you'd prefer to do your own thing by getting the best commuting car that you can afford.

Every Nigerian that visits a car dealership is anticipating purchasing his/her dream car at a discount price. Fraudsters have decided to exploit this opportunity as a means of defrauding their fellow Nigerians. However, Nigerians are becoming wiser as days go by, and they have come to realize that the only way to contact a genuine car dealer or seller is via credible auto websites, such as Naijauto.com, or by visiting the lots of dealerships. 

List of best cars for commuting in Nigeria

Not all commuting cars can withstand the Nigerian harsh weather and roads. For these reasons, you need to go for tested and reliable commuting cars that can serve you well. Below is the list of the most reliable cars for commuting in Nigeria:

1. Toyota Corolla

If you are used to Nigerian roads, you understand that the Toyota Corolla is a known car brand in Nigeria. This model of Toyota has been winning the hearts of most Nigerians for years. This is because the car is superbly fuel-efficient, durable, and can withstand the pressure of Nigerian driving and roads. This puts this car firmly on top of our list of the best cars for private commuting in Nigeria.

External Features of the Toyota Corolla

  • The Toyota Corolla in Nigeria commonly comes in a four-door sedan design.

  • It has a pleasing exterior design, which has transformed from boxy to more aerodynamic flowing lines.

  • It has rain-sensing wipers.

  • It has adjustable headlights.

Internal Features of the Toyota Corolla

  • Its floor comes with foot liners.

  • Its interior is designed with high tech facilities.

  • It has two single seats in the front row and a long-single seat in the back, seating 5. 

  • Its trunk capacity can contain an exceeding amount of luggage, about 430 liters.

  • It comes as both manual and automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy of the Corolla Toyota

Its fuel economy ranges from 10Km/L and 13.9Km/L.

Maintenance routine and Spare parts availability

Since many Nigerians prefer to use the Toyota Corolla for their regular activities, mechanics and spare part dealers have made the maintenance and repair service available and accessible in every location across the country.

Cost price of the Toyota Corolla

The price of a brand new Toyota Corolla is estimated to be between ₦4,900,000 and ₦8,500,000 depending on the year model. The tokunbo version is estimated at between ₦800,000 and ₦5,000,000.

>>> See the available listings of the Toyota Corolla for sale!

Toyota-Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is a really popular car in Nigeria, and great for commuting

 2. Honda Civic

Apart from the Toyota Corolla, Nigerians also prefer to drive the Honda Civic a lot. This model of Honda is suitable for the Nigerian environment, and whatever your commuting hours are, you will find the Civic a dependable ally.

External features of the Honda Civic

  • Its body shape differs according to the model and manufacture year.

  • The Honda Civic in Nigeria commonly comes in a four-door sedan design.

Internal Features of the Honda Civic

  • It has a Coin holder and an ashtray attached in between the driver seat and the passenger seat.

  • The car has two single seats in the front row and a long-single seat in the back. It can contain about five people at a time.

  • Its trunk capacity is spacious.

  • It comes as manual or automatic.

Fuel Economy of the Honda Civic

Generally, the Honda civic is economical when it comes to fuel management. Its fuel economy ranges from 12.3 Km/L to 13.9Km/L.

Maintenance routine and spare parts availability

Just like the Corolla, spare parts and maintenance services for the Honda Civic are available in every mechanic village across the country.

Cost Price of the Honda Civic

The Brand new Honda Civic falls between ₦4,500,000 and ₦9,500,000 while the tokunbo falls between ₦500,000 and ₦4,000,000.

>>> See the available listings of the Honda Civic for sale!

Honda-civic

The Honda Civic is the perfect commute car for the right reasons

 3. Toyota Camry

Looking for great commuting solutions? The Toyota Camry is another comfortable car for commuting in Nigeria. This model of Toyota is very popular in Nigeria.

External Features of the Toyota Camry

  • Its body shape differs from the model and manufacture year.

  • It comes in a four-door design.

  • Its wheels are durable and attached firmly with alloy wheel knots.

  • It comes with a mudguard.

Internal Features of the Toyota Camry

  • It comes as manual or automatic.

  • It contains two single seats separated by a coin holder ashtray and a single relaxation seat behind.

  • It has high-tech facilities.

Fuel Economy of the Toyota Camry

Its fuel economy ranges from 9.3 Km/L to 13.6Km/L.

Maintenance routine and spare parts availability

The Toyota Camry’s spare parts and maintenance are readily available within the country.

Cost Price of the Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry provides comfort for Nigerians at an affordable price. The brand new Toyota Camry is estimated at between ₦20,000,000 and ₦30,000,000 while the tokunbo falls between ₦700,000 and ₦4,000,000.

>>> See the available listings of the Toyota Camry for sale!

Toyota-Camry

Perhaps this is Nigeria's most popular sedan now

 4. Hyundai Sonata

As commuting vehicles go, you can do a lot worse than the Hyundai Sonata. This brand of Hyundai is affordable and it can withstand the Nigerian environment.

External Features of the Hyundai Sonata

  • It comes in a four-door design.

  • Its wheels are held intact with an alloy wheel lock.

  • It comes in several colors.

Internal Features of the Hyundai Sonata

  • Its seating arrangement is so organized that two single seats are separated by a coin holder ashtray in the front section. There is also a long single seat behind.

  • It comes as manual or automatic.

  • Designed with high tech facilities.

Fuel Economy of the Hyundai Sonata

Its fuel economy is estimated between the range of 8.3 Km/L to 13.9Km/L.

Maintenance routine and spare parts availability

The Hyundai Sonata spare parts and maintenance can be obtained easily within the country.

Cost Price of the Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata brand new is estimated between ₦11,000,000 and ₦25,000,000 while the tokunbo falls between ₦800,000 and ₦3,000,000.

>>> See the available listings of the Huyndai Sonata for sale!

Hyundai-Sonata

Check out the Hyundai Sonata, a totally fantastic ride

 5. Toyota Rav4

This brand of Toyota is common among Nigerians because its accommodating capacity is encouraging, and it can withstand the tough Nigerian Road.

External Features of the Toyota Rav4

  • It has a door guard.

  • It comes in a five-door design being a Cross Over.

  • Its tires are durable and can withstand Nigerian roads.

  • It comes with a mudguard.

  • Its body is unique.

Internal Features of the Toyota Rav4

  • Maximum seating capacity

  • Large trunk capacity.

  • It comes as manual or automatic.

  • Designed with high tech facilities.

Fuel Economy of the Toyota Rav4

Its fuel economy falls between the range of 12.75 Km/L to 15.73Km/L.

Maintenance routine and spare parts availability

The Toyota Rav4 spare parts and maintenance services are common in Nigerian workshops.

Cost Price of the Toyota Rav4

The brand new Toyota Rav4 is estimated at between ₦10,000,000 and ₦27,000,000 while the tokunbo falls between ₦700,000 and ₦7,000,000.

>>> See the available listings of the Toyota Rav4 for sale!

TOYOTA-RAV4

Compact, fuel economy and just dreamy describes the Toyota RAV4

>>> Do you know bicycles are an option for commuting too? See the types and prices of bicycles in Nigeria

Alternative cars

There are several cars that are affordable and reliable for commuting within Nigeria. Some of the are even the most fuel-efficient cars for commuting in the country. You can go ahead to check out the following cars;

  • Kia Forte: This list could never be complete without a brand from Kia. The Kia Forte represents fuel economy and affordability. Many feel this car is not as durable as Toyota brands, but what do you think?

  • Toyota Avalon: Toyota Avalon is spacious and just shy of luxurious.

  • Volkswagen Golf: With its small size and great fuel economy, the Volkswagen Golf may be one of the best commuting cars for students in Nigeria.

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Conclusion

"Commuting" meaning has changed a lot over the years in different parts of the world. In Nigeria, commuting by train is not yet a reliable option. The list of the best commuting cars mentioned above agree with Nigeria’s climate and can be driven comfortably on Nigerian roads. You may not need to maintain a strict daily routine to make your car last longer. Enjoy this list of the cheapest but reliable cars for commuting.

>>> Naijauto car reviews are informative and exciting

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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