Honda vs Hyundai: 6 major differences between Honda and Hyundai cars in Nigeria!


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Hyundai and Honda are two car brands that sound alike but no, they're from different countries and there're big differences between Honda and Hyundai cars!

When Hyundai first showed up in Nigeria around 2004, a lot of us thought and assumed it was a car brand related to Honda because the name 'Hyundai' sounded like 'Honda'. Over time, we saw that KIA and Hyundai had similar designs and technology. Kia and Hyundai are owned by the same management just like Toyota and Lexus or Honda and Acura.

On the matter of Honda vs Hyundai, just in case you are trying to pick between a Japanese and a Korean car, I will analyze 6 major differences between Honda and Hyundai cars in Nigeria!

You know how a German car clearly differs from a Japanese car in various aspects like suspension, choice of interior materials, engine technology, and other aspects? That is the same way Honda differs from Hyundai because the cars from these two brands were designed for different purposes and people.

6 major differences between Honda and Hyundai cars in Nigeria!

1. Honda vs Hyundai interior

The interior of the Hyundai cars is always smaller and slimmer in size than that of Honda cars. That is because the average Japanese person is always bigger than the average Korean. One example is the Honda Pilot is a very spacious interior while its Hyundai Santa Fe rival still has a smaller interior.


Honda cars are always more spacious 

Also, Honda uses a better quality of material in creating their interior and its features. I once drove a 2014 Hyundai Accent for a day and my palms turned red because of the hard plastic that was used to design the steering wheel.

2. Honda vs Hyundai Engine Performance

When it comes to engine performance, Honda comes out on top again. Hyundai cars are mostly bought brand new in Nigeria while Hondas are mostly bought as Tokunbo. The fact that Hyundai cars have a very bad second-hand value says a lot about their engine performance.


You can see Honda is competing with a more powerful car in bigger competitions

However, cars like the Hyundai Ioniq and Kona have a better engine performance than their Honda Clarity and Honda HR-V counterpart if both are bought brand new. The problem with Hyundai cars is that they weren't built to last as long as Honda cars.

They initially perform well when bought brand new but over a period if 5/6 years, this performance drops below par while its Honda rival wills till be going strong. 

3. Honda vs Hyundai Spareparts availability  

Hyundai spare parts are very expensive in Nigeria because their cars are mostly used by the co-operate world of Nigeria. On the other hand, Honda has spare parts available everywhere in Nigeria and most importantly, they are also cheap.


Honda spare parts market in Lagos

This is the epic variation between Hyundai and Honda in Nigeria. Till date, Hyundai has no designated spare parts outlet in Nigeria.

4. Honda vs Hyundai Trim levels

Honda has a number of trims for each of their models while Hyundai has limited known trims. In fact, in Nigeria, the trim level is not a thing people know Hyundai for. People just buy any Hyundai model without considering trim levels.


3 trim levels for Hyundai, 6 trim levels for Honda

The one time I noticed the trim level on a Hyundai car was with the Hyundai Veloster. There was a turbo version that was faster than the rest. 
Honda has a couple of well-known trims; LX, EX, EXL and Touring are the most common for Honda models.

5. Honda vs Hyundai Price and Value

The prices of used Hyundai cars in Nigeria are cheaper than that of Honda cars on the same level. This because Hyundai has a very bad second-hand value because they are not built to last as long as Honda cars.


Now that you know more about 6 major differences between Honda and Hyundai cars in Nigeria!, it will be easy for you to pick between the two brands when you want to buy.

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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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