Best old car alternative for 8 leading models in different segments

16/01/2019

Driving top cars of every segment sounds great but when your finance doesn't allow that luxury lifestyle, we have here can't-be-better offers for old car alternatives.

New cars do not always mean better, just as old cars are not necessarily worse. There are old cars with prices that fit the pocket of the buyer while still meet their need and requirement, just as good as a new model is capable of.

Trending cars also sound great and tempting. After all, it's great to tell your friends that the car you own belongs to the latest collection this year. If that's the case here, there's actually an option that much better than that one - using your budget to spend on some 3 to 4-year-old luxury models. According to many car experts, a few ten thousands on the ODO do not make much of a difference in the car's overall performance, but its name can do wonder for you and your reputation, even amongst your friends or business partners.

Below are some of the best products that Naijacarnews have gathered for your own pleasure. In most segments, there'll be one new car and its alternatives, so that you'd have more options to choose from.

1. Small car

New car: Hyundai Elantra Price:

  • Prices: starting from N7 million
  • Advantages: Quite spacious, easy to use, control buttons are user-friendly and good fuel economy.
  • Disadvantages: Loud engine,  the front seats are not really comfortable.
  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake, pre-collision warning (optional).

a Hyundai Elantra

Elantra is quite spacious, easy to use, control buttons are user-friendly and good fuel economy

Old car alternatives:

A. Toyota Corolla

  • Price: starting from N850,000

  • Advantages: Comfortable driving sensation, good fuel economy, spacious interior space.

  • Disadvantages: Inflexible handling, poor interior quality.

  • Safety system: No automatic emergency brake and frontal warning

B. Honda Accord

  • Price: starting from N900,000

  • Pros: Spacious interior, good driving handle, fast response, fuel economy

  • Disadvantages: Side camera to keep track of the lane is distracting.

  • Safety system: Pre-collision warning (optional)

2. Medium car

New: Nissan Altima (V6)

  • Price: starting from N11 million

  • Advantages: Spacious, easy control, fast acceleration.

  • Disadvantages: Slow handling, uncomfortable driving sensation.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and collision warning (standard)

a Nissan Altima

It boasts fast acceleration but handling is quite low

Old car alternatives

A. Kia Optima

  • Price: starting from N950,000

  • Advantages: Easy to control, smooth gear shift

  • Cons: Fuel costs, narrow back view

  • Safety system: No automatic emergency brake and frontal collision warning

B. Lexus ES

  • Price: starting from N1 million

  • Advantages: Fuel economy, quiet interior, comfortable seats

  • Disadvantages: Inadequate entertainment UI

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional)

3. Mid-sized luxury car

New: Lincoln MKZ

  • Price: starting from N15 million

  • Advantages: Quick, responsive handling, quiet

  • Disadvantages: Poor visibility, poor quality interior

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional)

a Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZ offers responsive handling but poor visibility

Old car alternatives

A. Audi A6

  • Price: starting from N1.2 million

  • Advantages: Good driving system, fast handling, steering or quiet

  • Disadvantage: Takes time to familiarize yourself with control buttons

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional)

B. BMW 5-Series

  • Price: starting from N1.3 million

  • Advantages: Fast and economical fuel pump, flexible handling quiet, good driving sensation

  • Disadvantages: Take time to familiar control, rear seats narrow

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional)

4. Large vehicles

New: Ford Taurus

  • Price: starting from N13,700,000

  • Advantages: quiet, good driving sensation

  • Disadvantages: compact interior space, AC control too complicated, the steering system is not responsive

  • Safety system: Frontal warning (optional)

a Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus is quiet with compact interior space

Old car alternatives

A. Chevrolet Impala

  • Price: starting from N1.6 million

  • Advantages: Quick, responsive handling, good braking, quiet brakes, spacious interior, and car trunk.

  • Disadvantages: Limited back view.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional).

B. Buick LaCrosse

  • Price: starting from N3 million

  • Pros: Good driving sensation, quiet, fit and balance.

  • Disadvantages: Poor visibility, tight driving seat.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional).

5. Small SUV

New: Nissan Rogue

  • Price: starting from N11 million

  • Advantages: Extensive interior, good driving sensation.

  • Disadvantage: Loud engine, unimpressive driving experience.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and collision warning (standard).

a Nissan Rogue

Extensive interior, good driving sensation in exchange for loud engine

Old car alternatives

A. Mazda CX-5

  • Price: starting from N1.3 million

  • Advantages: Fast, responsive handling, exciting features, lots of features compared to the money spent.

  • Disadvantages: Lousy interior.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake (optional)

B. Kia Sorento

  • Price: starting from N850,000

  • Advantages: Spacious, easy parking, convenient control, 3rd row

  • Disadvantages: Processing is average

  • Safety system: No automatic emergency brake and frontal warning

6. Mid-size SUVs

New: Honda Pilot

  • Price: starting from N14 million

  • Advantages: Spacious interior, good visibility, smooth driving

  • Cons of: clumsy, boring radio touchscreen

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional)

a Honda Pilot

Spacious interior, smooth driving but a bit clumsy inside is Honda Pilot

Old car alternatives

A. Toyota Highlander

  • Price: starting from N1.3 million

  • Advantages: Reliable, spacious interior, good driving

  • Disadvantages: Interior colors seem cheap

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional)

B. Acura MDX

  • Price: starting from N1.2 million

  • Advantages: Fuel efficiency, good overall.

  • Disadvantages: Lack of flexibility, difficult to control.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional).

7. Small luxury SUV

New: Acura RDX

  • Price: starting from N14 million

  • Advantages: Smooth and powerful driving system, comfortable seats.

  • Disadvantages: Poor driving, low vision, not very ergonomic.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional).

an Acura RDX

It has a smooth and powerful driving system, with comfortable seats

Old car alternatives

A. Audi Q5

  • Price: starting from N2.5 million

  • Advantages: Comfortable Driving, flexibility, quiet interior.

  • Disadvantages: Seat and luggage compartment are tight, limited back view.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional)

B. BMW X5

  • Price: starting from N1.8 million

  • Pros: Luxury and quiet, fast response

  • Disadvantages: Some annoying controller features such as gear shifting

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional)

8. Mid-size luxury SUVs

New: Infiniti QX60

  • Price: starting from N18 million

  • Advantages: Luxurious, spacious, quiet, easy to use and control.

  • Disadvantages: Lack of flexibility, poor visibility.

  • Safety system: Automatic emergency brake and frontal warning (optional).​

An infiniti QX60

The luxury vibe of Infinity QX60

Old car alternatives

A. Buick Enclave

  • Price: starting from N1.8 million

  • Advantages: Spacious interior space and maneuverability, comfortable third-row seats, comfortable and quiet ride

  • Cons: Fuel costs

  • Safety system: Frontal warning (optional)

B. Audi Q7

  • Price: starting from N1.9 million

  • Advantages: Comfortable front seats, spacious, fit and fit

  • Disadvantages: Engine noise, complicated control system

  • Safety system: No automatic emergency brake and frontal warning

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