The secret to Japanese car reliability - REVEALED!

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Reliability is one of the most important factors when buying a new car, right? Whether you want something that packs a punch or is highly practical, you’ll always want to consider reliability before you hand over the cash on your new set of wheels.

So with that in mind, it got us thinking - why is it that some of the most reliable cars in the world come from Japan? After all, a recent survey by WarrantyWise found that 5 of the top 10 most reliable cars you can buy are Japanese!

Well, we’ve done some investigating, and we’re sharing the results in this video! To find out why the likes of Toyota and Honda make some of the most reliable cars in the world, you'll need to stick with Mat for this all-new video!

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  1. carwow
    Maand geleden

    Complete this sentence: The greatest Japanese car ever made is...

    1. Øméßh Ãřjûñə
      Øméßh Ãřjûñə
      8 dagen geleden

      Toyota supra

    2. KuloGamer !!
      KuloGamer !!
      19 dagen geleden

      Honda supra wwwwwww

    3. Thavash Govender
      Thavash Govender
      26 dagen geleden

      Supra 1993

    4. Nicholas Gascoyne
      Nicholas Gascoyne
      Maand geleden


    5. Rajintha Liyanawaduge
      Rajintha Liyanawaduge
      Maand geleden

      Toyota supra and jxz 100 2jz

  2. lankan international
    lankan international
    4 dagen geleden

    Missing the is intention behind the action and toyota care about workers as they have nothing to care about themselves

  3. Jon Jeskie
    Jon Jeskie
    5 dagen geleden

    "Japan makes reliable cars".. yeah I don't think Nissan got the memo 🤔

  4. ali khan
    ali khan
    5 dagen geleden

    With 2030 in sight, why has Toyota not produce a reliable EV already?and it is now lagging behind Leaf,Tesla and E-niro.

  5. •CarEditz•
    6 dagen geleden

    Cool 👌

  6. Adrian Ward
    Adrian Ward
    7 dagen geleden

    No nissans? Well I agree only reliable nissans are the infiniti line I found they were built better than regular Nissan but Japan are the best

  7. Øméßh Ãřjûñə
    Øméßh Ãřjûñə
    8 dagen geleden

    Do a drag race with a lexus lfa and a aventador svj

  8. MK3
    8 dagen geleden

    Swishy nibbly nibbly

  9. Paul C
    Paul C
    9 dagen geleden

    As well as reliability, Japenese culture and ethos includes premium customer service as a matter of respect. Respect for customers is reflected as respect for nation and self. It is this respect and pride in workmanship that was missing from the West who just concentrated on profit and cheapness. I drive a Lexus F Sport RX450h as featured. It is the best car I've ever owned. Those who scoff that it's not the fastest...real world 0-60 in 6.8secs (as tested) is fast enough for anyone and huge combined torque = effortless overtakes. It does this whilst carrying 4 in complete luxury and is capable of going around the earth 10 times before you need worry about anything major on that lovely v6 engine. Can you see any landrover or jag managing this? No. They'd need an articulated lorry full of spares and a large team just to keep the things on the road. Don't be fooled though. The best quality goes into the better Lexus cars so you buy either the LS or the RX if you want the best. Cheaper models have their issues and all suffer from things like premature suspension wear...primarily control arm bushes failing due to our roads and their weight being heavy hybrids. Avoid their diesels...those are far less reliable. Older lexus cars are best in petrol form. Best bang for buck is the older non hybrid GS300 V6 3 litre. Ls luxury in a car to rival pure driving pleasure of bmw.

  10. 555jaybo
    9 dagen geleden

    Mat's voice has gradually bored me to tears,,,, just like his videos

  11. riccccccardo
    10 dagen geleden

    No more unreliable over engineered German cars for me! Audis suck 2x engine failures and super high oil consumption. I’ve now got a Lexus, convinced misses to buy a used Toyota Yaris convinced my friend to buy a used Honda Civic hybrid and got my work colleague to purchase a used Mazda and they all having a good time apart from normal maintenance and age related wear and tear.

  12. riccccccardo
    10 dagen geleden


  13. Naeem Iqbal Mogra
    Naeem Iqbal Mogra
    10 dagen geleden

    Matt, you have never ever reviewed a Toyota Crown!! You've shown a Toyota Crown on a production line!! Please we need a review!!!

  14. flower in the rain
    flower in the rain
    11 dagen geleden


  15. K onliner
    K onliner
    13 dagen geleden

    Its the same thing with the watches like Orient, Seiko, Casio. Theyre tough and durable.

  16. Łukasz
    13 dagen geleden

    That's why I like Lexus more than Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Mercedes could more offer. They have newer technologies, more functionalities but they do not test it good enough. Lexus is not as good in terms of available functionalities but it's hundred times more reliable. If they provide some features it means they test it. For Mercedes you as a customer are a beta tester...

  17. Honda's are faster
    Honda's are faster
    14 dagen geleden

    Definitely not a wrx or evo shitboxes. The best is Honda and Nissan..

  18. Honda's are faster
    Honda's are faster
    14 dagen geleden

    They mean Honda's reliability secret..

  19. Zylianari
    14 dagen geleden

    Japanese automotives are so reliable and easy to maintain that even terrorists use them...

  20. Christine Ayres
    Christine Ayres
    16 dagen geleden

    Dont forget Mitsubishi , i have an old 2007 Colt and its done 114 thousnad miles , still starts first time every time all day every day as Yianni would say lol ,only things i have ever had changed are the brakes tyres and track rod ends

    16 dagen geleden

    GTR R35

  22. Elizabeth Green
    Elizabeth Green
    16 dagen geleden

    Investing in crypto is the best way to earn financial freedom.

    1. Gim gim
      Gim gim
      15 dagen geleden

      Seeing alot of success stories, he must be honest and trustworthy for people to talk this good about him.

    2. Walter Briggs
      Walter Briggs
      15 dagen geleden

      I'm from the UK 🇬🇧 I and my colleagues gave him a try and it has been good returns of our investment, Jay Frank 🌏.

    3. Joyner Ambrose
      Joyner Ambrose
      15 dagen geleden

      @Valdez Quin thanks, placing my trade with expert Jay Frank ASAP.

    4. Kelly Kingston
      Kelly Kingston
      15 dagen geleden

      Real estate investment is so less profitable to investors as crypto trading.

    5. Valdez Quin
      Valdez Quin
      15 dagen geleden


  23. iSucc
    16 dagen geleden

    It’s like their Beef

  24. applepie gamer
    applepie gamer
    17 dagen geleden

    My dad has the Lexus RX450h it's been 100k now it's a 2011 model and to replace the air suspension is 3k but it has been very reliable except the cosmetics.

  25. Boris Ristanovic
    Boris Ristanovic
    17 dagen geleden

    Lack of inovations is another technology is miles behind german brands. They put touch screen only few years ago...inovations and new technology are reasons for lack of reliability.

  26. striker3
    17 dagen geleden

    Actually it was an American that improved not only Japanese cars but Japanese Mfg in General! In 1950, Japanese businessmen turned to an obscure American from Wyoming to help them rebuild an economy shattered in World War II. That industrial expert, W. Edwards Deming, taught Japan’s manufacturers how to produce top quality products economically. The Japanese used that knowledge to turn the global economy on its head and beat U.S. industry at its own game. Companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp. adopted Deming’s concepts and became world-class producers in their fields, helping Japan become one of the planet’s dominant economic powers. Japan’s rise was the start of a regional metamorphosis. Asia eventually became a manufacturing giant. Although American companies could have learned from Deming, most ignored him for decades even as Asian competitors gobbled away at Americans’ customer base and profits.

  27. Adolfo R
    Adolfo R
    18 dagen geleden

    🇯🇵💪🏻 ichiban

  28. Ray Boccino
    Ray Boccino
    18 dagen geleden

    I'd also add Mazda in the list of the most reliable Japanese brands! Mazda inline engines are as reliable as Honda and Toyota and I'm talking purely by experience! We had a 1996 323 1.5 (which we sold in 2009 to get a Mazda 6 GH 1.8) and it never let us down! It even had a metallic intake manifold instead of the dreary plastic hell all modern cars have! Also, don't forget that all Mazdas come to us from Hiroshima, in Japan, and they've always come from there! This certainly means something! P.S.: Get your Wankel/Rotary stuff out, this video is about reliability! 😉

  29. R J
    R J
    19 dagen geleden

    Electric cars will change this. They have less moving parts = low maintenance. I't will be a battery and software race.

  30. Kaka Athari Projects
    Kaka Athari Projects
    19 dagen geleden

    Indonesia Is Better

  31. Ben Daykin
    Ben Daykin
    20 dagen geleden

    Is Hyundai pretty reliable? Unsure if they are similar to Toyota in their manufacturing processes that make the cars so reliable? Thinking of getting an i30 at some point.

  32. Robo Cop
    Robo Cop
    20 dagen geleden

    Jeremy clarkson - I’m going to kill you Toyota hilux - hold my beer ; )

  33. mistertoet kroenchot
    mistertoet kroenchot
    20 dagen geleden


  34. Melchor Vincent Agot
    Melchor Vincent Agot
    21 dag geleden

    Let me ask: Is the classic Mini a Western kei car? If so did it sell like hotcakes in Japan?

  35. M H A
    M H A
    21 dag geleden

    So this is why so many ppl told me to get something Japanese as my first car, I was first looking at fiesta's and clios

  36. Milkman69ner
    22 dagen geleden

    They’re not reliable. All these cars have had failed engines, I had a 2JZ and it failed on me. They aren’t bullet proof

  37. Thug Style
    Thug Style
    22 dagen geleden

    every brend can make cars like japanise but they like money so they make cars that brke down all the time

  38. Denis Paskou
    Denis Paskou
    22 dagen geleden

    My dad has had a nissan qashqai since 2008 and after 13 years the first problem appeared to be with the a/c

  39. Mohamed Beshr
    Mohamed Beshr
    22 dagen geleden

    What about NISSAN?

    22 dagen geleden

    Watch This classic Indian ATV Team as it unveils it's previous years' car line-up 🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁

  41. Uludak
    23 dagen geleden

    so i watched an ad for JDM that wasn't declared as such? carwows quality was always poor but now this chanel has lost all the tiny rests of credibilty, fallen to the most dubious auto channel on the internet

  42. Paul L. Abdullah
    Paul L. Abdullah
    24 dagen geleden

    I thought Hilux was only released in Asia cause americans only have tacoma and thundra I just knew that U.K have access to Hilux

  43. Matthew Randhika Adiputra 1313113
    Matthew Randhika Adiputra 1313113
    24 dagen geleden

    the only "limited" car in toyota is the yaris gr

  44. D K
    D K
    25 dagen geleden

    Kei car is pretty fun!

  45. Your sussy nanny
    Your sussy nanny
    25 dagen geleden

    It’s worth buying a Japanese car.

  46. 2741718
    25 dagen geleden

    Nice Toyota Ad! Obviously they pay a lot to Carwow. But what about Mazda or Nissan?

  47. steve horner
    steve horner
    26 dagen geleden

    All other manufacturers use crap products and a load of plastic where steel should be used

  48. Justin Korzhanenk Audwine
    Justin Korzhanenk Audwine
    26 dagen geleden

    Best japanese car is Toyota..... TOYOTA KIJANG!!!!🤣

  49. Marc D' Mayor
    Marc D' Mayor
    26 dagen geleden

    Why do we not get cool models like venza and Sequire?

  50. Avinash Sarma
    Avinash Sarma
    27 dagen geleden

    can u review any proton cars

  51. Glenn Humphries
    Glenn Humphries
    27 dagen geleden

    An old joke; to test the build quality of a car the Japanese would put a cat in it overnight. If it suffocated the car was a success. The Americans tried the same, but if the cat was still in it in the morning that counted as a success.

    1. Insomniul
      26 dagen geleden

      Why would cat suffocate in a car? It's not a submarine, there are ventilation holes...

  52. Michael Scott
    Michael Scott
    27 dagen geleden


  53. Yu
    27 dagen geleden

    We will continue to work hard to ensure that trust is not compromised🇯🇵.

  54. yamato 1332
    yamato 1332
    27 dagen geleden

    Hello. Please review Nissan Skyline GT-R !! I’m Japanese.

  55. C S
    C S
    27 dagen geleden

    Top gear tried to kill a Toyota Hilux and failed. They don’t like failure.

  56. Lee Doxey
    Lee Doxey
    28 dagen geleden

    Yes we all know that Japanese cars are the most reliable but why do I keep buying BMWs?

  57. 南極大陸
    28 dagen geleden

    I’m a Japanese. When I bought a new Japanese car, I usually don’t need it to be repaired for ten years or 100000km.

  58. ティーチクロス
    28 dagen geleden

    Jidoka 自働化🙅‍♂️ 自動化🙆‍♂️

  59. Dan Eady
    Dan Eady
    28 dagen geleden

    Unsubscribed for blasphemy. If you made anti-gay statements you'd be shut down.

  60. Gary
    29 dagen geleden

    Probably should clarify the diesels in modern Hiluxes are shiat. Mines been through 3 engines, have a mate who is an engine rebuilder who bought a new house paid for by replacing Toyota 1KZ engines 😂

  61. Diamond D
    Diamond D
    29 dagen geleden

    Theyre just built better........designed better'...........better quality parts........just better

    1. AP-RSI
      28 dagen geleden

      Not really...

  62. EagleT Vlogs
    EagleT Vlogs
    Maand geleden


  63. Mäýüŕá Vïřůš
    Mäýüŕá Vïřůš
    Maand geleden

    The tuner movement for Japanese car was back in late 70s early 80s where there was a gentlemen's agreement where domestic cars must be advertized not beyond 280hp and one of the starter of that movement is a street racing team called Mid Night Club where the likes of Ferrari Testarossa gives a run for its money and select few can enter but now the only one that can enter is friends and family of the previous leaders

  64. Andrew Slattery
    Andrew Slattery
    Maand geleden

    Would love to see the ultimate AWD Hot Hatch / Small car Comparison… Yaris GR vs WRX STI vs Golf R vs FocusRS vs AudiRS3

  65. Devsing CURUM
    Devsing CURUM
    Maand geleden

    hey can you make a video about the new Mazda BT50 ?

  66. Beatwolf
    Maand geleden

    Sorry to see that you really do not seem engaged in this one matt. We know you are a German car fetishist, but come on, at least act like you aren't a little bit impressed by the reliability of the Japanese cars. They might not tickle your balls as much as a BMW but for many people that doesn't matter as much as a reliably car that doesn't brake down. Especially in this age where we have to try to watch our carbon footprint...more repairs means consuming more of our earths resources. People are starting to tire of it, and with the increasing performance and longevity of electric cars, the German manufacturers really have to step up. Also, it would have been interesting if you had done a bit of digging on the fundamental differences between the engineering philosophies of German car builders and Japanese ones. Despite my comments, great video with some great insight. (Owner of a 2018 Passat and a Toyta Corolla 1.6, 2001) :)

  67. Yo Ndak Tau Kok Tanya Saya
    Yo Ndak Tau Kok Tanya Saya
    Maand geleden

    Isuzu Panther Honda astrea

  68. 2728Alexis
    Maand geleden

    How come every Nissan I've owned died an early death then? Garbage cars.

  69. Panorama
    Maand geleden

    It sounds like you said I am Emma Watson rather than Matt Watson in every video. To me anyways.

  70. El Nino
    El Nino
    Maand geleden


  71. I`m Daweed
    I`m Daweed
    Maand geleden

    Im a mechanic and used to work for toyota, it was almost a bit boring at times because all we had to do was servicing them, the only car that is not that good is the "toyota" proace, because its made by PSA so its not even an actual toyota😅 But its not just the japanese cars, everything they make is just reliable, ATVs, Motorcycles, Forklifts, Boatengines, Excavators...etc.

  72. 07wrxtr1
    Maand geleden

    + The culture is different in that they take their job more seriously as the family is more interdependent, unlike most western nations where "You're 18, get the F outta here!". US Corporations try to mimic this by pulling this whole bs: "We're one big family" as if the company is a replacement for intact families. This is why there to this day is still a wide gap and that usually shows up in resell values at the end of the day. In Japan, your name is your reputation... I'm not how much that's changed in present day, however I have heard that is/was a key reason why Japanese workers take more pride in what they do. Here, in the US, you probably still don't want that C8 built on a Friday or Monday lol. Overall US culture has embedded resentment as the hierarchical corporate structure favors the few at the expense of the many, and this is why we now have next to no experts as workers are forced to job hop for pay raises.

  73. Riidwan Rahat
    Riidwan Rahat
    Maand geleden

    Lexus LFA is super car not GT

  74. Leroy Broekema
    Leroy Broekema
    Maand geleden

    Because the Japanese take more pride in making quality products. Rather than making products that break quickly so you have to spend more money

    Maand geleden

    I'm from Birmingham but sorry Matt, hearing someone call a 2JZ a 2JZED is just wrong 🤣🤣

  76. newest bear
    newest bear
    Maand geleden

    With the exception of subaru

  77. mario rivas
    mario rivas
    Maand geleden

    Lean Startup Method

  78. Ryan Adams
    Ryan Adams
    Maand geleden

    Should do an Audi A car vs S car vs RS car of the same model to see the differences!

  79. Scott Whitener
    Scott Whitener
    Maand geleden

    This is good content, Matt. There is no doubt here in the States as well that Japanese cars objectively have the best reputation for reliability. But I've always struggled with why other manufacturers (especially the US ones) haven't looked at these cars and those processes you mentioned and said "we have got to match this kind of reliability." And if they have, nobody has been as successful at it. Sure, there are always outlier cars out there with tons of miles but I just get the feeling that the other car makers dont want to spend the resources and apply the extra TLC that the Japanese car makers do. My only guess is because a large group of people continue to buy cars mainly for their looks and/or specs, which is understandable (something like the late Dodge Avenger).

  80. Armani Gtr
    Armani Gtr
    Maand geleden

    Skyline GTR R34

    Maand geleden

    Maruti Suzuki 800, most reliable car.

  82. Nolkyo
    Maand geleden

    I am sorry but the Toyota Supra's story is very unique. There is "Up to Speed" Episode on that car and it's 2JZ engine but in a few line : It is a car that been over engineered because it was created to compete in the GT500 Japanese's supercar serie and they just decided to use a FORGED engine from factory to power up this car. The car itself is legendary for that but it's not a supercar nor a sport car, it's just a 90's GT with an amazing engine, but it reality its concurrents were the Nissan 300ZX and the Mitsubishi 3000GT

  83. Nolkyo
    Maand geleden

    There is a lot of things you forgot : Mainly : The customer's satisfaction is paramount for japanese brand in Japan. If you buy a new car and it breaks down, it's a huge failure for the car company and the dealership, a brand's reputation is much more important than in some of our western country where service is shitty because guess what, they mainly sell new cars to company so they don't really have any interest in the long term reliability. If a car breaks down well they think they're gonna just be selling their new car in 10 years while in japan they would think the owner would never buy a car from this brand again.

  84. Oliver
    Maand geleden

    they are all great because they dont break down that much

  85. アルプス工業
    Maand geleden

    Honda City is not a kei-car. That fist generation has a 1200cc engine.

  86. Rocinante1980
    Maand geleden

    These comments are hilarious. Just shows how many children watch carwow. The greatest car Toyota has ever made, Iv seen the GR Yaris mentioned so many times. Do you idiots even know what GR stands for 😂

  87. wayne h
    wayne h
    Maand geleden

  88. wayne h
    wayne h
    Maand geleden

    The production version of the Lexus LFA features a 412 kW (560 PS; 553 hp) V10 engine developed in collaboration with Yamaha

  89. Matt Lord
    Matt Lord
    Maand geleden

    One thing thats im0portant to mention... The Japanese's Attitude. Thats why all the points you make exist.

  90. Raphael Zavagno
    Raphael Zavagno
    Maand geleden

    Toyota 4runner sr5

  91. OK
    Maand geleden

    Bottom line is, Transport system is so good that car company's success totally depends on reliability and price.

  92. Richard Anderson
    Richard Anderson
    Maand geleden

    Everybody takes pride in their jobs over there.

  93. Richard Anderson
    Richard Anderson
    Maand geleden

    They make pretty phenomenal motorbikes too.

  94. Dinda Dwi putri
    Dinda Dwi putri
    Maand geleden


  95. leo pang
    leo pang
    Maand geleden

    Japanese engineers cars built base on interchangeable and standardisation parts with most in house models ,to cut down inventry cost whereas other foreign companies let their account department do the costing to cut cost

  96. Toe Cutter
    Toe Cutter
    Maand geleden

    Best built cars in the world ... Toyota had to stop saying that because other car companies started crying and said it's not fair

  97. AS-ovieTec Honda
    AS-ovieTec Honda
    Maand geleden


  98. Ciaran
    Maand geleden

    The Japanese are just smarter,nissan and Toyota are the most reliable engines on earth...though the german cars are catching up...(audi 5cylinder and r32 skyline fan)

  99. Haterade
    Maand geleden

    Kei cars? More like gay cars ;-;

  100. Hammmod Jabeer
    Hammmod Jabeer
    Maand geleden

    Your words are not true, I have Nissan gtr and I am aware of many problems