The Toyota brand is a very popular car brand in Nigeria. It’s one of the most reliable car brands many Nigerians go after. Over time, the Toyota Corolla has become the bestselling Toyota vehicle in Nigeria. Especially the 2002 to 2006 Toyota Corolla models. To many Nigerians, they are the best and cheapest cars to own today.
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The major reason these models of the Toyota Corolla have become popular is that many use them for Uber services. Why? They are durable, has an amazing fuel economy, and a good market value. However, the price of a sound Toyota Corolla used to be between ₦1,000,000 and ₦2,500,000. But, with the Naira devaluation and increase in the black market exchange rate, the price has gone up, and a 2004 Corolla costs as much as ₦3,500,000 in the market today.
Considering the model, that’s a lot for most buyers. There are other cars within the same category as the 2002 to 2006 Corolla you should consider. Here are seven of them.
7 Cars That Compete With The 2002 – 2006 Toyota Corolla
If you are looking for a car that’s within the same category as the 2002-2006 Toyota Corolla, here is a list of cars you should focus on.
2005 – 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
If you want to easily stand out in an affordable compact car, consider buying any of the Volkswagen Jetta models from 2005 to 2009. The vehicle looks newer than the 2002 to 2006 Corolla and drives better.
It comes equipped in a 3-engine class: the 1.8-liter Turbo, 2.0-litre Turbo, and the 2.5-liter Turbo engine. Regardless of your preferred engine type, you are always guaranteed the speed and performance of a luxury car. Also, the car has great fuel economy, just like the Toyota Corolla.
Also, note that this car easily runs into problems that require expert attention to fix. If you are getting this car, also be on the lookout for the best automotive technician and mechanic to always take it for regular maintenance. This Jetta will always be in safe hands and condition with a good mechanic and technician.
2006 – 2008 Honda Civic
Many people believe that Honda cars always have issues on the road, but this only happens when you don’t do the right things. However, the major way the Honda Civic differs from the Corolla is that you get to buy a cheaper and newer car than the Corolla. Also, the Honda Civic offers more features and a more economical 4-cylinder engine than the Corolla 2002 to 2006.
The Honda has a sporty look, it also has a digital speed gauge that gives you get the feel of an advanced car.
2002 – 2006 Nissan Altima
The 2002 to 2006 Nissan Altima is a great car to date. It comes with a 2.5-litre or 3.5-litre V6 engine, which was really popular in Nigeria between 2006 and 2010. One of the first Nigerian celebrities that owned this car was the late Nigerian rapper Dagrin bought it in 2010 when he came into the limelight.
The Nissan has a sporty vibe and a V6 engine with a better performance rate. However, the car lost its value and reliability in the Nigerian market due to bad mechanics. But, if you are interested in the Nissan Altima, it’s best to buy a Tokunbo used model and enjoy the car’s engineering and design.
2005 – 2009 Hyundai Accent
Another car that beats the 2002 to 2006 Toyota Corolla is the Hyundai Accent, especially in the fuel economy and other features. If you want a compact car that’s portable and cheaper than the Corolla, then you should consider buying this car.
2005 – 2009 Kia Rio
Between 2005 and 2009, the Kia Rio dominated Nigeria as many companies made it their official vehicle. Even though it’s relatively old now, it’s still a car that compares favourably with the Corolla. For a lower price than the Corolla, you’ll get either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission of this Kia Rio. To top it off, the car has great fuel economy and a calm and collected look which says a lot about its owner.
If you want something smaller and cheaper than the Corolla, this Toyota Yaris is a good vehicle option. The vehicle also has a more beautiful body look than the Corolla. In the driving dynamics aspect, it shares similarities with the Toyota Corolla.
The Toyota Matrix is actually a Toyota Corolla Matrix. The interesting thing is that you get this Matrix, which is actually a Corolla, at a cheaper rate. It is a functional Corolla because it has a hatchback design with 4 doors and a big cargo space. There’s also room to dismantle all seats for some extra cargo space.
The car is also on the top list of 5 of the best cars for small business owners in Nigeria.
The above cars are the top 7 cars that are better to buy than the 2002 to 2006 Toyota Corolla. However, when buying either of them, inspect them thoroughly because they are only used as used cars.
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