Are you familiar with Nigeria’s prevalent vehicle stereotypes? By reading this essay, we may learn more about them all. Because of the prevalent vehicle stereotype, when you see some cars in Nigeria, you can immediately tell what they are used for or who owns them. We are bringing up these automotive clichés in Nigeria today so that you will be aware of the reasons behind and sources of any attention or assumptions made about your vehicle.

Toyota Corolla 

Toyota Corolla E120
Toyota Corolla E120

The Toyota Corolla is currently the most popular vehicle in Nigeria for no other reason than the fact that it is one of the greatest vehicles available, offers excellent fuel efficiency, is simple to maintain, and has a pleasing exterior and interior design. Due to these factors, this car is frequently utilised to provide taxi services.

In Nigeria, the powerful Corolla E130 is one of the most popular vehicles. In Lagos, Nigeria, one out of every seven hailing taxis is a Toyota Corolla (9th generation). If you park your car in a public area, it’s very likely that passersby will knock on your windows because they believe it to be the cab they just ordered on an app.

Sometimes, we have to begin to wonder if the Toyota Corolla E120 was designed exclusively for Nigerian consumers to purchase, but it would be a foolish assumption to make given that the Toyota model has long since supplanted the Volkswagen Beetle as the world’s best-selling automobile. According to the average cost of automobiles in Nigeria, the Corolla E120 is available in the Tokunbo automotive market for between N1,000,000 and N1,600,000. It is not feasible to still buy a brand new one because this device stopped being produced more than 15 years ago.

Volvo 200 Series Station wagon 

Volvo 200 Series Station wagon 
Volvo 200 Series Station wagon 

Due to its Station Wagon body style, which has ample space to transport both bodies in transit and people in need, this car can only be used in Nigeria as an ambulance and morgue vehicle. Despite the fact that other automakers also provide this function, Volvo is the front-runner.

The Volvo 200 Series was produced between 1974 and 1993 by the Swedish automaker, which is known for its incredibly robust vehicles. Other than its durability and dependability, the car has no specific features that make it useful in the medical field. 

Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra
Nissan Micra

Due to its exclusivity in Oyo State, this car is the most stereotyped on the list. The most frequent taxi in Ibadan City is the K11 Nissan Micra, and it sometimes seems like there are over a thousand of them residing in the city of Brown Roofs. In Ibadan City, it is rare to see any other car brand used for taxation except Nissan.

The Nissan Micra K11 is a little 1.4-litre inline-4-cylinder hatchback that Nissan built between 1992 and 2002. Surprisingly, the Nissan Micra in Ibadan can seat five people. 3 in the backseat with 2 in the front, which is against the law but has become the norm.

Land Rover Car 

Prices of Land Rover Cars in Cotonou
Prices of Land Rover Cars in Cotonou

Due to its remarkable off-road capabilities, any Land Rover that is not being driven by a Nigerian Elite is undoubtedly being employed as a towing service truck. Defenders, LRs, and Range Rovers are the three Land Rover models utilised as towing vehicles in Nigeria; these are typically older cars from the 1990s and very early 2000s. To fit the towing equipment in the car, all that needs to be done is to raise the ride height significantly and weld the towing equipment to the car’s chassis. These towing vehicles simply circle major thoroughfares looking for a broken-down car to pull off the road and charge a reasonable fee for this service.

Since we now have specially constructed towing vehicles in Nigeria, and since Land Rover vehicles currently being produced would never be reduced to the level of being utilised as a towing vehicle, we genuinely believe that this trend would eventually come to an end.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 

The G-class is viewed by many Nigerians as a car that only the wealthy can afford, with the exception of those employed as towing vehicles, which amazes me much considering that the G-class has retained only one shape since its beginnings.

Yes, the G-Class is pricey, but we also need to be aware of how reasonably priced some models are. The only variable is how recent it is. Not every G-Class on the market is beyond the means of the typical Nigerian. You should also be aware that the G-Class, which debuted in 2002, can be easily facelifted to become the 2020 G-Class. As you can see from the image above, the external differences are hardly noticeable.


These are the most stereotyped cars that you will ever find or buy on Nigerian roads. If you ever want to stand out, we advise you to go for the LandRinger or the Mercedes-Benz but if you want to remain inconspicuous, then the Toyota and Nissan are a sure bet. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a 2004 Toyota Corolla?

The price of a 2004 Toyota Corolla has been evaluated to cost N1,000,000. 

Where can I buy a Toyota Corolla in Nigeria?

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