2022 (Full Year) Japan: Best-Selling Car Models

In full-year 2022, the Toyota Yaris and Corolla were the top-selling car models in Japan – seven of the top-ten cars were Toyotas.

In full-year 2022, the Toyota Yaris and Corolla were the top-selling car models in Japan - seven of the top-ten cars were Toyotas.
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2022 (January to December): Despite weaker sales, the Toyota Yaris comfortably remained the best-selling car model in Japan. The evergreen Toyota Corolla improved to second place while the Nissan Note was third. Although Toyota had a dismal year in Japan, seven of the top-ten best-selling car models in Japan in 2022 were produced by Toyota. Toyota remained the top-selling car brand in Japan in 2022 and the Honda N-Box the favorite minicar.

Japan Car Sales Statistics: 2023 — Q1; 2022 — Brands, Models, Minicars; 2021 — Brands, Models, Minicars; 2020 — Brands, Models, Minicars; 2019 — Brands, Models, Minicars

List of the Top 20 Best-Selling Car Models in Japan in 2022 (Full Year)

The 20 best-selling car models (excluding minicars) in Japan in the full calendar year 2022 were as follows according to Jada:

BrandModelSales 2022Sales 2021% 22/21ブランド通称名ブランド名
1ToyotaYaris168,557212,927-20.8ヤリストヨタ
2ToyotaCorolla131,548110,86518.7カローラトヨタ
3NissanNote110,11390,17722.1ノート日産
4ToyotaRoomy109,236134,801-19ルーミートヨタ
5ToyotaRaize83,62081,8802.1ライズトヨタ
6HondaFreed79,52569,57714.3フリードホンダ
7ToyotaAqua72,08472,495-0.6アクアトヨタ
8ToyotaSienta68,92257,80219.2シエンタトヨタ
9HondaFit60,27158,7802.5フィットホンダ
10ToyotaAlphard60,22595,049-36.6アルファードトヨタ
11ToyotaNoah57,69644,21130.5ノアトヨタ
12NissanSerena57,51358,954-2.4セレナ日産
13ToyotaVoxy55,54570,085-20.7ヴォクシートヨタ
14HondaVezel50,73652,669-3.7ヴェゼルホンダ
15SuzukiSorio41,59044,713-7ソリオスズキ
16HondaStep Wagon37,96639,247-3.3ステップワゴンホンダ
17ToyotaLand Cruiser35,390–5.7ランドクルーザーWトヨタ
18ToyotaHarrier34,18274,575-54.2ハリアートヨタ
19ToyotaPasso32,990–1.4パッソトヨタ
20ToyotaPrius32,67549,179-33.6プリウストヨタ
Source: JADA

Japan’s Ten Favorite Car Models in 2022 (Full Year)

The list of Japan’s top-ten favorite cars frequently changes as Japanese car buyers are keen to buy the latest models with cars often falling out of favor if an update is due. In 2022, only one top-ten car was in the same ranking position as in 2021, when only two top-ten cars were in the position as in 2020. (In 2020, not a single top-ten car was in the same position as in 2019!)

In 2022, the Toyota Yaris was again the favorite car of the Japanese despite sales contracting by a fifth. The Yaris, previously sold as the Vitz in Japan, was the best-selling car model in Japan in 2022, 2021, and 2020. It was the only top-ten car model in Japan in the same ranking position in 2022 as in 2021.

The evergreen Toyota Corolla moved into second place after two years as the number three. The often conservative design of the Corolla usually sells well in Japan, especially with businesses. However, despite a 19% growth in sales, the Corolla was still a distant second to the Yaris.

Sales of the Nissan Note increased by 22% to move into third from fifth. The Note was the most-popular non-Toyota car in Japan in 2022. It was the top-selling car overall in 2018.

The Toyota Roomy slipped from second to fourth with sales down by a fifth while a small increase in sales lifted the Toyota Raize one position. The Honda Freed had stronger sales in Japan in 2022 to improve from tenth while the Toyota Aqua slipped one rank place with flat sales.

Toyota Sienta sales were up by nearly a fifth and moved up from 13th to eighth most popular car model in Japan in 2022. The Honda Fit re-entered the top-ten list from 12th. Sales of the Toyota Alphard were down by more than a third and slipped from fourth to tenth.

Sales of the Toyota Prius, for many years the best-selling car in Japan, were down by another third, and it slipped from 16th to 20th in the popularity ranking. A new model was launched at the end of 2022 and may reverse the fortunes of the Prius in 2023.

The Honda N-Box was again the most popular minicar in Japan in 2022 and with 202,197 sales comfortably outsold the Toyota Yaris.

Japan Car Sales Statistics: 2023 — Q1; 2022 — Brands, Models, Minicars; 2021 — Brands, Models, Minicars; 2020 — Brands, Models, Minicars; 2019 — Brands, Models, Minicars