Can You Identify All of These Japanese Cars?



By: Allison Lips

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Japan has a huge automotive industry, and many of its cars are not exported. In the United States, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Lexus, Nissan, Acura, Subaru, Infiniti and Mitsubishi are household names. If you're old enough, you may even remember Izuzu, Scion, Datsun and Suzuki. While Datsun became Nissan and the Scion marquee saw many of its cars rebranded as Toyotas, Izuzu and Suzuki exited the U.S market. 

While most of the major brands in the Japanese domestic market have had some lasting impact on the United States market, the early groundbreaking Japanese auto companies never entered the market because they were bought out by the likes of Nissan and Toyota. There's also the case of Daihatsu, which entered the U.S. in 1988, but decided to pull out 4 years later. 

Like the United States and Europe, Japan also has boutique automakers, such as Mitsuoka, that make customized cars. If you're an American fan of those cars that either never made it to the U.S. market or were forced to leave, then the only way to get your car of choice is to hope you can legally import it. 

Are you a fan of Japanese cars? Do you follow the car industry closely? Then, challenge yourself with this quiz of Japanese cars! 

A now-discontinued CrossCabriolet variant of which car was available?

From 2011, to 2014, Nissan made the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, which was a combination of an SUV with a convertible ragtop. When it debuted, it retailed for $45,000.


In 1986, which SUV arrived in showrooms for the first time?

Since its introduction, the Pathfinder has gone through four generations.


This minivan is constructed at a factory in Princeton, Indiana. Name the vehicle.

The Toyota Sienna debuted in 1998. It was a replacement for the Toyota Previa.


The first mass-produced gas-electric vehicle was called what?

In 1997, Japan become the first market to get the Toyota Prius. Three years later, Toyota would hold a worldwide launch for the vehicle.


Which one of these models debuted at the 1994 New York Auto Show?

The Subaru Outback was derived from the second generation Subaru Legacy. The Outback Sport was based on the Subaru Impreza.


Which car was first produced in 1966?

The Toyota Corolla made its Japanese debut in 1966. It is now the best-selling nameplate in the world.


This Japanese car was called the Airtrek in its home country. What is it called in the United States.

The U.S. version served as a replacement for the Mitsubishi Montero Sport and shares its platform with the Mitusbishi Grandis. In 2005, Mitusbishi rebranded the Airtrek as the Outlander worldwide.


Which car is built in Japan, but is not sold in that country's domestic market?

The Mazda CX-9 is built at Mazda's Ujina Plant No. 1, which is located in Hiroshima. The similar Mazda CX-8 is sold in Japan and Australia.


The luxury division of Toyota makes which car?

In 1989, the Lexis ES served as one of the launch models for the company. Lexus Australia uses the backronym Elegant Sport for the Lexus ES.


Lincoln, Alabama is home to the factory that builds which car?

In 2003, the Honda Pilot released the Honda Pilot. The vehicle is a mid-size crossover SUV that was a replacement for the Honda Passport.


This compact truck was introduced in 1997. What was it called?

Also known as the Nissan Navara, this car has been manufactured in Canton, Mississippi since 2012.


Which vehicle began life under the Datsun badge?

In 1984, Nissan decided to remove the Datsun name from the U.S. market and replace it with the Nissan badge. Maximas are assembled at the company's plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.


The VIZIV-7 concept car was the protype for which car?

The Subaru Ascent shares a platform with the Subaru Impreza. It's first model year is 2019.


Which one of the following came in an L.L.Bean Edition?

The Subaru Forester is considered a compact crossover SUV. In the United States, the SUV debuted in 1997.


This car is known as the Atenza in China and Japan. What is its U.S. market name?

The Mazda6 came to the United States in 2003. Throughout the years, Mazda has split production between various U.S. plants and its plant in Hofu, Japan.


In Australia and Japan, which car is known as the Kluger?

In Australia, the Toyota Highlander is forced to use the Kluger name because Hyundai uses the Highlander name on a trim line. Kluger means "one who is clever" in German.


In Australia, which compact crossover is known as the X-Trail?

In October 2007, the Nissan Rogue was released in the United States. It made its debut at the North American International Auto Show earlier that year.


This car replaced the Starlet. What is it called?

The Toyota Yaris is based on the Mazda2, which is not sold in the United States. From 1999 to 2005, some markets had the Yaris branded as the Toyota Echo.


Which vehicle was the first truck produced by its company for the American market?

In 2005, the Honda Ridgeline hit the U.S. market. Ten years later, Honda halted production for a year, so it could redesign the truck for the 2016 model year.


The first compact crossover SUV was which vehicle?

Development for the RAV4 began in 1989, under the codename 153T. The RAV4 hit the Japanese and European markets in 1994. A year later, the car made its way to the U.S. market.


This car went on hiatus in 2003, only to return in 2012. What is its name?

In 1978, the Mitsubishi Mirage was introduced as a subcompact hatchback. When it was discontinued in 2003, the Mitsubishi Colt replaced it. The Mirage would return after the Colt ended production.


Which car is America's best-selling sedan?

In 1983, the Toyota Camry entered the American market to replace the Toyota Corona. It was based on the Japanese Celica Camry, which started production in 1979.


Which one of these cars entered the U.S. market with its 1973 model?

The Honda Civic is currently in its tenth generation, which was introduced in 2016.


This vehicle entered its fifth generation for the 2019 model year. Name the car.

The first generation Toyota Avalon was produced from 1994 to 1999. In 1999, the Avalon was updated to be bigger than its previous generation.


This model replaced the Hilux, which in the U. S. was known simply as the Pickup. What is the name of the truck?

Introduced in 1995, the Toyota Tacoma was named Motor Trend Magazine's "Truck of the Year" in 2005.


Name the car that was known in Mexico as the Tsuru.

In the Japanese Market, the Sentra is sold as the Nissan Sunny. When it was introduced in 1982, it was a replacement for the Datsun 210.


In much of the world, this car is known as the Jazz. What is its American name?

In 2001, Honda debuted the Honda Fit. A hybrid model was introduced in 2010.


One of the following minivans hit the U.S. market in 1995. Which is it?

When it debuted, the Honda Odyssey was only available in LX and EX trims. It also had enough seating for seven people.


This car debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989. What was it launched as?

Though known as the Miata in the U.S., this car is known in Japan as the Roadster.


This was the best-selling Japanese car in the U.S. for 16 straight years. Name the car.

The Honda Accord was the first Japanese car build in the United States. At the time, it was built in Marysville, Ohio.


Which car was made by the same company that made the Amigo, the Wizard, and the Hombre?

Izuzu was in the U.S. market for 28 years, but stopped in 2008 due to lack of sales.


Which electric car can go 151 miles on a full charge?

Introduced in 2010, the Leaf is the best-selling highway-capable electric car of all time.


One of these cars can trace its lineage to the Jeep BJ. Which one is it?

The Toyota Jeep BJ hit the market in 1951. In 1955, it was renamed Land Cruiser.


Which car is made by the luxury division of Honda?

The Acura TLX was introduced at the New York International Auto Show in 2014. The cars are produced in Marysville, Ohio.


Which vehicle is known as the Axela in Japan?

In 2003, Mazda introduced the Mazda 3, which was based on the Ford C1 platform.


Name the car that was a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota.

The Toyota 86's origins can be traced back to the Sports 800, which was their first production sports car.


This luxury sports car is manufactured in Marysville, OH. What is it called?

Originally introduced in 1990 as the Honda NSX. The following year, it was moved to the Acura banner.


Which full-sized SUV was derived from the Tundra?

The Toyota Sequoia was introduced in 2000, and is manufactured at Toyota's Indiana plant.


In 1989, which car set the 100,000 km world speed record?

The Subaru Legacy covered 100,000 km in 447 hours, 44 minutes, and 9.887 seconds (or 18.5 days). The vehicle was released in 1989.


Which car was only available in the United States between 1988 to 1992?

Though sold in the U.S. for just 5 years, the Charade was produced from 1977 until 2000.


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