Are Japanese Cars More Reliable than German Cars?

History aside, has time and rapidly advancing technology elevated reliable Japanese vehicles to luxury-level performance and quality?


German performance versus Japanese quality control

When it comes to German versus Japanese automotive superiority, Germany is typically believed to be the leader in this race. But is it actually true or have buyers just been told for so long that in the land of the Autobahn and Oktoberfest, Germans deliver the high-end, high-performing machinery the world's elite seek to own? Are they merely experts at branding? There's no doubt this European country that prizes engineering, technology, and craftsmanship produces quality vehicles - they have to live up to the pressure of a highway system that doesn't have a maximum speed limit after all. The real question is, have other countries, Japan in particular, met or exceeded the German automotive bar, so to speak, with vehicles that are more reliable and not as damaging to most people's wallets?

The first combustible engine patented in Germany

It is true the Germans, well, Karl Benz actually, patented the first combustible engine and vehicle with that engine back in the late 1800s, but a lot has changed in the 130-plus years since then, hasn't it? Brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Porsche are well-known as luxury brands for wealthier consumers, a status symbol of their success. But what about the majority of automotive buyers? The cost of a vehicle is substantial so purchasing one that will last longer and require fewer repairs was a market waiting to be captured and Japan did this very successfully, becoming one of the world's top three automotive-producing countries with brands like Nissan, Toyota, and Honda.

Japanese bring quality control and reliability to the world stage

In the 1970s, these Japanese automakers began manufacturing vehicles that lasted a long time and mainly just required basic maintenance to keep running. While their designs back then didn't include a bunch of bells and whistles or big, powerful engines, and their compact size was daunting for people used to autos roughly the size of small boats, the Japanese used a frugal mentality to build vehicles that were efficient and reliable. They became known for their manufacturing quality control and unquestionable value, and their vehicles became very popular over time because of it.

Advancing technology meets quality, affordability, and reliability

As technological advancement in safety, performance, convenience, comfort, and quality have progressed, Japanese automakers are now producing vehicles comparable to those from Germany while still retaining their reliability status that made them so popular in the first place.

Nissan leads the way with enhanced safety

Nissan is one of the Japanese auto manufacturers leading the way with vehicles that put safety first, maximize performance while elevating efficiency, create a comfortable, luxurious riding experience from the inside out, and excel at exterior design intended to engage even the most faithful auto enthusiast.

When it comes to safety, Nissan offers their Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies to keep its vehicle owners better equipped and protected while navigating streets and highways. Normally a feature reserved for luxury brands, six of Nissan's models now come standard equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking. AEB utilizes radar to monitor the vehicle's proximity to the vehicle ahead and issues a warning if a potential collision is possible. If the brakes are not applied, the AEB system can apply them to avoid an accident. Nissan vehicles that now include AEB are the 2018 Altima, 2018 LEAF, 2018 Rogue Sport, 2018 Rogue, 2018 Murano, and 2018 Pathfinder.

Other features that are part of Nissan's Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies include:

   Blind Spot Warning

   Rear Cross Traffic Alert

   Intelligent Rear-View Mirror

   Intelligent Around View Monitor

   Intelligent Cruise Control

   Intelligent Driver Alertness

   Tire Pressure Monitoring System

   Intelligent Back-Up Intervention

   Vehicle Dynamic Control

   Traction Control System

   Anti-Lock Braking System

   Brake Force Distribution

   Brake Assist

   Intelligent Auto Headlights

   Zone Body construction for impact absorption

   Advanced Air Bag System

   Snug Kids Child Safety Guide

   Nissan Safety Shield Latch System

Nissan compared to Volkswagen

Probably the closest German line in terms of price point to Nissan is Volkswagen. Amid their emissions scandal and huge recalls, Volkswagens are still known as a performance vehicle. Probably the most reliable in the VW line is the Golf. The Passat has mixed reviews in terms of reliability, citing engine failure as a factor, the same issue in some of their other models as well. Another downfall in reliability for Volkswagen is technology. While cutting-edge technology can be exciting, and Volkswagen utilizes it fully, the potential for failure can be higher until new technology is further tested.

Similar Nissan vehicles to Volkswagen's Golf, Passat, and Tiguan would be the ever-popular Sentra or Versa Note, the Altima or Maxima, and the Rogue or Pathfinder, respectively. Many of Nissan's models find themselves in the top 10 best buy, safety, or reliability lists every year.

Infinity challenges Germany

Nissan's luxury vehicle division, Infinity, puts the Japanese automaker on the same playing field as Germany's more prestigious automotive lines in terms of performance and style, but Infinity comes with Nissan's legacy and attention to reliability, as well as value.

Calgary dealership wants you to experience Nissan's outstanding lineup

Whether it's time to upgrade your current Nissan ride or you want to experience first-hand the enhanced reliability, performance, safety, comfort, and convenience Nissan delivers to the automotive market, contact Royal Oak Nissan in Calgary to get started.

Schedule a test drive online or complete many of the initial purchasing steps in the comfort of your own home, including finance pre-approval and estimating what your payment will be to make sure it will fit in your budget. When you're ready, head to the dealership to choose the Nissan best suited to your lifestyle needs.

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