Which is a better vehicle... Toyota, Honda, or Nissan?

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Rice Burner

United States

#1 Oct 22, 2010
I know Tacoma's are the best truck ever. You can't tell me otherwise. I want to know some other experiences other people have had with different imports. Don't hold anything back...
TacomaNotBest

Richmond, KY

#2 Oct 22, 2010
I wouldn't say that the Tacoma is the best truck ever. I owned a 2000 Tacoma, and it was recalled due to a rusted frame. There was a massive recall by Toyota on 1995-2000 model Tacoma trucks due to frame perforation. Look it up online if you don't believe me. The company that made the frames (Dana) didn't spray rust inhibitor in it and when salt and water got in the frame it rusted completed through from the inside out. I always sprayed mine off anytime I drove it on a snowy road, but it still rusted through. I now own a 2001 Mazda B3000 made by Ford. It is the exact same truck as a Ford Ranger, just re-badged as a Mazda. I much prefer it to the Tacoma. Better made, smoother rider, better materials in the interior. The only thing the Tacoma had over the Mazda is it was easier to park. I know you see a lot of old Tacomas still on the road, but you also see a lot of old Ford Rangers that are still going strong. I owned the Tacoma from 1999 until 2008. I bought it brand new from Toyota South (stay away from Toyota South, by the way). In the time I had it, I had to replace the battery four times, the fender flare on the driver's side, the driver's side armrest pad, both headlights (yellowed), the A/C compressor (the replacement also failed), and the heater core was about to fail when I turned it in. Guess what I've replaced on the Mazda(Ford)? Only the turn signal switches! Yep, that's it. I would buy a Ford before I would a Toyota. Just my opinion.
Depends

Elgin, TX

#3 Oct 22, 2010
If you're going for a new or used vehicle, check out Consumer Reports. They do unbiased reviews on all vehicles that hit the market, and most public libraries carry several years worth, for checking out older models (or you can pay for online access).

As for used vehicles, also gonna depend a lot on how well it was maintained. Carfax us your friend.

Also, look up manufacturer recalls to get an idea of build quality, and find out if any used car you buying has been taken in for any and all recall maintenance. Dealerships where that work was/should have been done will have those records.

My opinion given the choices offered: Given good maintenance, Honda & Nissan for sedans, Toyota for trucks. But there are various other makes and models - Japenese, American, European & Korean - that surpass their competition in class any given model year. Limiting yourself to the choices you've given may not be the wisest choice, if you want the best vehicle for the money. Be open to all options, do your homework, and you may be surprised at what you find.

Happy hunting.
Rice Burner

United States

#4 Oct 23, 2010
I am aware of the Tacoma recall. I had a 99' Tacoma V6 4x4 TRD with 62k. They gave me almost $19,000 for it. It's was 150% of KBB retail. It was enough for me to buy a 05' double cab 4x4 Tacoma with 75k. What other manufacture would do that? Tacoma is the only midsize truck in my eyes. I have seen too many people that have had good service from them. I will not buy American. My question was... Which is the best overall import, Toyota, Honda, or Nissan?
Tundra Man

Versailles, KY

#5 Oct 23, 2010
I've got a 08' D.Cab Tundra with the 5.7 in it. I love this truck. I replaced my old 97' Dodge 3/4 ton. This Tundra does everything my old truck did and more. I hurt peoples feelings when they want to test me at a stop light. Great truck! Honda or Nissan trucks dont even come close. The domestics might be okay. I looked at chevy and ford. I was just more impressed with the Tundra. The salesman I had took me on a demo ride that totally convinced. He turned off the VSC and TRAC, put it in 4low, slammed the throttle and it was like a rocket. smooth as silk. The only thing I dislike about the Tundra is the knob for the stereo is out of reach. I also bought it at Toyota South and it wasn't painful at all. The salesman was smooth and didn't feed me alot of B.S. He let the truck do most of the talking.
titan

United States

#6 Oct 23, 2010
I had a 06 ram 1500. Traded it for 08 nissan titan. It had twice the pep that the dodge had. I loved that truck. Got rear ended with alot of frame damage. I got a 2500 ram now. Its more practical but I did like that titan though. It pulled a 28' pontoon effortlessly.
Tacoma

Versailles, KY

#7 Dec 13, 2010
Best truck on the road. It might not be the biggest, most powerful. But it is the best. Except the frames. I got an 03' have had no frame problems. They sprayed it for free back in the summer. The bad frames are getting replaced and on some they buy the truck back. I had a 99' they bought back.(150%) KBB RETAIL. They gave me enough to buy the 03' plus a vacation. The Ridgeline is front well drive. It's not a truck! The Colorado's I-5 is crap and the ranger is okay, but it's not a mid size truck and Ford's 4.0 is crap. The transmissions even worse. If they gave Toyota a diesel in North America...Game Over!
what

Lexington, KY

#8 Dec 13, 2010
honda accord.. mine has 4 hundred thousand miles. on it.. and it just keeps geting better ........
Yota

Versailles, KY

#9 Dec 13, 2010
Honda cars are great! But there are just as many old Yotas out there with 400,000+ miles too. More than 80% of ALL Toyota's sold in the past twenty years are still on the road. Also, Toyota sells way more cars and trucks than Honda. Nissan? Anybody? Some say it's the poor man's Toyota. But I like the Maxima! The new JUKE is dumb looking and it ain't cheap. Honda is using old tech on their powertrains. Does anyone have an opinion on the Insight vs. the Prius? Please?
what

Lexington, KY

#10 Dec 13, 2010
what wrote:
honda accord.. mine has 4 hundred thousand miles. on it.. and it just keeps geting better ........
...but now keep in mind i have replaced alot of parts. so i dont know if that counts
Yota

Versailles, KY

#11 Dec 17, 2010
what wrote:
<quoted text>...but now keep in mind i have replaced alot of parts. so i dont know if that counts
Of coarse it counts its a machine! So glad you have gotten such great use out of your car. Do you want to sell it?
USMC

Versailles, KY

#12 Dec 17, 2010
TacomaNotBest wrote:
I wouldn't say that the Tacoma is the best truck ever. I owned a 2000 Tacoma, and it was recalled due to a rusted frame. There was a massive recall by Toyota on 1995-2000 model Tacoma trucks due to frame perforation. Look it up online if you don't believe me. The company that made the frames (Dana) didn't spray rust inhibitor in it and when salt and water got in the frame it rusted completed through from the inside out. I always sprayed mine off anytime I drove it on a snowy road, but it still rusted through. I now own a 2001 Mazda B3000 made by Ford. It is the exact same truck as a Ford Ranger, just re-badged as a Mazda. I much prefer it to the Tacoma. Better made, smoother rider, better materials in the interior. The only thing the Tacoma had over the Mazda is it was easier to park. I know you see a lot of old Tacomas still on the road, but you also see a lot of old Ford Rangers that are still going strong. I owned the Tacoma from 1999 until 2008. I bought it brand new from Toyota South (stay away from Toyota South, by the way). In the time I had it, I had to replace the battery four times, the fender flare on the driver's side, the driver's side armrest pad, both headlights (yellowed), the A/C compressor (the replacement also failed), and the heater core was about to fail when I turned it in. Guess what I've replaced on the Mazda(Ford)? Only the turn signal switches! Yep, that's it. I would buy a Ford before I would a Toyota. Just my opinion.
Tacoma is the best small truck. When you talk about reliability. You have to look at the bigger picture. Tacoma has 40% of the mid size truck market for a reason. It's the best truck on the road! How long did you have your Tacoma? Nine years? And you had battery issues? Because you probably bought cheap replacements. The fender flair? Did you hit something? How many miles did you put on it in nine years? Come back in nine years a tell me you had less trouble out of that Ranger and I will buy you another one. And everyone in my family one as well. Oh. The armrest pad hinge or the pad itself? Sorry sir, you didn't have very many problems considering you had it close to a decade. Am I wrong? I doubt it. Go Tacomas!!!
Mike Rowe

Richmond, KY

#13 Jan 7, 2011
Ford
what

Versailles, KY

#14 Jan 8, 2011
F'ound O'n R'oad D'ead
Yota

United States

#15 Jan 8, 2011
Toyota makes a great vehicle. I say it's the best. Cuz I build em!
Jeep

United States

#17 Jan 8, 2011
None of the above. Jeep is a true AMERICAN classic. We sit around and wonder why our car companies fail, no one has faith in them. Sure they might not always out live a foreign car, but I wouldn't drive anything less than something that has roots in America.
Are you serious

Richmond, KY

#18 Jan 8, 2011
Jeep wrote:
None of the above. Jeep is a true AMERICAN classic. We sit around and wonder why our car companies fail, no one has faith in them. Sure they might not always out live a foreign car, but I wouldn't drive anything less than something that has roots in America.
You say jeeps may not be as good as the others mentioned and that the American car Companies have failed to the point we have no faith in them , but you still like to buy them??? Hey folks!!! Emergency Detention on this one for real.I would go so far to bet that you're also a red neck bike rider???
Economication

Richmond, KY

#19 Jan 8, 2011
Jeep wrote:
None of the above. Jeep is a true AMERICAN classic. We sit around and wonder why our car companies fail, no one has faith in them. Sure they might not always out live a foreign car, but I wouldn't drive anything less than something that has roots in America.
Nice sentiment. But unrealistic.

FYI: Chrysler already sold out once, to a German company (Daimler), and are fixing to lose controlling interest again, this time to an Italian company (Fiat). They've failed so miserably that they're like a glutinous, spoiled child being shuffled between guardians that can tolerate it only so long. Their current comeback may be encouraging, but they're still merely crawling out of the hole they've been in for decades.

Further, the parts for most vehicles *everywhere* are manufactured abroad - mostly in the Orient - regardless of where it's assembled or by whom.

And a great number of Hondas and Toyotas are made right here in the US, by Americans who are considered by their neighbors to have some of the best jobs available in their areas... and rightly so.

If American automakers wish to compete, they need to match the competition in quality, price, and overhead - a little hard to do since the workers producing the inferior products you propose still think they deserve the ridiculously over-inflated, union-negotiated compensation that has ultimately cost many of them their jobs entirely.

Bottom line is, if the American auto worker can't adapt to these modern realities, there simply will not *be* an American auto industry. Take a drive through Detroit some time and tell me I'm wrong. It's already happened, for the most part.

Meanwhile the rest of us need cars and trucks we can count on for more than a couple of years, that don't cost us more than a small house to purchase. If that means snubbing The Big Three in order to get a better deal in both quality & price... So be it.

That's reality.
cal

United States

#20 Jan 8, 2011
Economication wrote:
<quoted text>
Nice sentiment. But unrealistic.
FYI: Chrysler already sold out once, to a German company (Daimler), and are fixing to lose controlling interest again, this time to an Italian company (Fiat). They've failed so miserably that they're like a glutinous, spoiled child being shuffled between guardians that can tolerate it only so long. Their current comeback may be encouraging, but they're still merely crawling out of the hole they've been in for decades.
Further, the parts for most vehicles *everywhere* are manufactured abroad - mostly in the Orient - regardless of where it's assembled or by whom.
And a great number of Hondas and Toyotas are made right here in the US, by Americans who are considered by their neighbors to have some of the best jobs available in their areas... and rightly so.
If American automakers wish to compete, they need to match the competition in quality, price, and overhead - a little hard to do since the workers producing the inferior products you propose still think they deserve the ridiculously over-inflated, union-negotiated compensation that has ultimately cost many of them their jobs entirely.
Bottom line is, if the American auto worker can't adapt to these modern realities, there simply will not *be* an American auto industry. Take a drive through Detroit some time and tell me I'm wrong. It's already happened, for the most part.
Meanwhile the rest of us need cars and trucks we can count on for more than a couple of years, that don't cost us more than a small house to purchase. If that means snubbing The Big Three in order to get a better deal in both quality & price... So be it.
That's reality.
Honda is the best.
yota girl

Richmond, KY

#21 Jan 8, 2011
I have owned a lot of vehicles in my life but I would have to say I like the toyota the best!!

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