Top 15 most popular cars in Nigeria: Check them out before buying your next car!


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Would it be a Toyota, a Honda, or any other branded car? Have your answer in mind before reading this post to see if your answer is right!

Every year, a whole bunch of new models find their way into the Nigerian market, and our people love them all. But still, there are some that truly stand out and have won a solid ground in the Nigerians' heart.

Wait no more! Below is the list of Top 15 most popular cars in Nigeria over the year collected by Their names appear here not only because they are fuel-efficient or durable, some models are mentioned simply because they're loved, and one cannot rationalize love, can you? Also, some are listed here because they frequent the roads of Nigeria more than other models.

Number 1: Toyota Camry

You certainly will encounter at least one Toyota Camry on Nigerian roads. It is understandable since statistics show that its sales are the largest on the market right now. Most people start with this car because it's cheap and it provides just enough of everything for a typical car owner. Also, the maintenance of the car is easy and cheap as there are countless numbers of auto garages that offer service and spare parts for this car.

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The Toyota Camry top the sales list in Nigeria

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Number 2: Toyota Corolla

Standing right below the Toyota Camry and the Accord in the sales list, it's like a similar to a Camry but cheaper. The Corolla has a great design and can satisfy the basic needs of anyone.

 Toyota Corolla angular front

The Toyota Corolla has a great design and can satisfy the basic needs of anyone

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Number 3: Toyota Highlander

This one is preferred by the middle-aged in Nigeria who likes SUV style but cannot afford a big one. If there's an analogy for it, it's similar to the Sports Utility version of the Toyota Camry. Having said that, a new Toyota Highlander still costs millions of Naira.

a Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander, an SUV for middle-income households

Number 4: Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is the most popular minivan in Nigeria. It's like the Camry of the minivan segment and is ideal for large families and also by transport companies. Similar to the Toyota Highlander, this is for the people who cannot afford a Sports Utility version.

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Toyota Sienna is the most popular minivan in Nigeria

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Number 5: Honda Accord

This car is probably the only vehicle that can rival the Toyota Camry in the sense of its popularity. In fact, it is rated higher than the Camry but is less popular since the maintenance cost is higher. The Honda Accord is seen being used by people from many social classes.

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Honda Accord is seen being used by people from many social classes

Number 6: Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon is a classic model of Toyota. While it's not as famous as the Corolla or the brother Camry but it still gained good popularity over the year. Its interior is enough for any individual no matter how tall or big he or she is.

a Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon - cheap and efficient

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Number 7: Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is probably the most luxurious SUV in Nigeria as of this moment. Started humbly, it has wormed its way into the Nigerian's heart and mind.

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The Honda Pilot is probably the most luxurious SUV in Nigeria as of this moment

Number 8: Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is designed particularly for drivers who are not really fond of Ford's large vehicles since the majority of Ford's design is bulky, muscular cars.

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This is designed particularly for drivers who are not really fond of Ford's large vehicles

Number 9: Range Rover Sports

This one can easily be one of the most dreamt of cars in Nigeria, partly because it is owned by many celebrities here. It is hard to say what a Range Rover has to offer to the status of the owner, but I heard that it make you look a little bit "extra", and thus it was the icon for many you Nigerians. Aside from its elegant and simplistic design, the social status that comes with it makes the car most desirable in the eyes of the Nigerians.

a Range Rover Sports

The social status that comes with Range Rover Sports makes the car most desirable in the eyes of the Nigerians

Number 10: Toyota Prado

Prado is favored mostly by top-ranking politicians and governors, especially the dark-colored. It is very rugged and has a relatively high top speed. Maybe that is why Toyota Prado is also loved by the rich in Nigerians. Besides, it's one of the most expensive cars of Toyota.

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Toyota Prado is favored mostly by top-ranking politicians and governors

Number 11: Ford Explorer

You might be surprised to see an American car on this list. Even though the car consumes quite a lot of fuel IMO, and its price is on the high side, Ford Explorer still made its way to the Nigerians heart. Partly because there's plenty of room inside as well as its endurance and strength.

Ford Explorer angular front

Ford Explorer made its way to the Nigerians heart

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Number 12: Lexus RX350

Lexus has been a great name in Nigeria, particularly the Lexus RX 350 model. Although it just slightly differs from the RX330, its sales are much higher, partly due to its special design, even though the price tag is not really comfortable, around twelve million Naira.

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Lexus RX350 with its special design

Number 13: Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a small little car that frequents all kinds of roads and small lanes. It's small and cheap and multipurpose so it can be used for any occasion. Since the debut of this car to the market, it has given the lower-income and middle-income a chance to have a car of their own. During the time it has been here, the design is slowly changed and it has become much more elegant. Some wealthy people even buy it for collecting purposes.

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The Volkswagen Golf frequents all kind of roads and small lanes

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Number 14: Kia Rio

This car is particularly patronaged by expats for some reasons. Maybe because the Kia Rio is cheap and small. Though you only get what you pay for, it's not very strong and durable.

a Kia Rio

The Kia Rio is many expats' favorite

Number 15: Mercedes-Benz G-Class

I'm a bit surprised that many people I know say that this car is ugly. It doesn't have many curves like other vehicles and rather has an intimidating look. Due to the price, the G-Wagon is most used by wealthy businesses and celebrities. Some describe it as a mini house because of its convenience and its stability while driving.

a Mercedes-Benz G Class

The Mercedes-Benz G Class is bold and intimidating

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We guess you have decided to have some on your mind, so we make a list of the best cars in Nigeria to buy down below, clicking on the link will lead you to our cars for sale page which contains thousands of listings uploaded by our verified sellers.

Top 15 most popular/ best cars in Nigeria
 Number Car model
 1 Toyota Camry
 2 Toyota Corolla
 3 Toyota Highlander
 4 Toyota Sienna
 5 Honda Accord
 6 Toyota Avalon
 7 Honda Pilot
 8 Ford Edge
 9 Land Rover Range Rover Sports
 10 Toyota Prado
 11 Ford Explorer
 12 Lexus RX350
 13 Volkswagen Golf
 14 Kia Rio
 15 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Hassana Obi

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Hassana Obi is an automobile writer and editor at She prides herself on hundreds of informative and entertaining articles on Nigerian traffic regulations, car prices and celebrity car collections. When Hassana is not writing, she is a teacher and philanthropist.

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