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Top Fastest-Selling Cars, SUVs, and Trucks in 2021 in Nigeria

By Daisy Emah-Emah Posted: 10/20/2021

Are you a Nigerian car dealer looking to update your inventory with the fastest-selling vehicles? Or are you looking to get a new car and still not sure what brand you should go for?


We’ve got you covered… stay on this article to help you decide. 


Nigerians love cars and that is a fact!!! 


Nigeria is home to numerous car brands and models, with great performance, fuel efficiency, luxury, good resale value, and the ability to maneuver Nigerian roads.


In 2020 the pandemic hit the world’s economy and a lot of countries suffered the impact. The automobile industry suffered even more because of the shortage of manufacturing chips. 


But even the pandemic couldn’t dwindle the sales of vehicles in the Nigerian market… it recovered faster than most markets and even surpassed pre-COVID sales of the previous year…


According to Focus2move, sales in August 2021 surpassed August 2020 by a whopping 62.7%. The market recovered pretty fast and we see an increase in sales compared to sales before the pandemic.


Thankfully the Nigerian automobile market is running and stable – so if you are looking to buy a new vehicle for yourself or are a car dealer and want to know which vehicles are the top fastest-sellers in Nigeria, we have put together this list to help you decide.


We have also broken it down into three categories, – Trucks, SUVs, and Sedans, highlighting the specific vehicle type and its specifications. 


Continue below…


Top 3 Fastest-Selling Sedans 

Sedans make up the top 10 fastest-selling vehicles in Nigeria and are the most popular vehicles in the world. 


With sedans, you will be saving on fuel and price, thanks to good fuel economy and selling costs. Sedans also have great performance and the upper hand in safety and security. 

If Sedans are your thing, then here’s a list of fastest-selling high demand sedans in Nigeria


  1. Toyota Corolla

Coming on this list once again is the Corolla. It is safe to say that the Toyota Corolla is the fastest-selling car and is one of the most popular brands found in Nigeria and the world. 


Car owners love this car brand because of its outstanding quality, reliability, and availability of parts. The biggest flex of the Corolla is that it has good fuel economy. 


If you want to save on gas, this car is a good option for you…


The Corolla is available in sedans and hatchback models, giving its customers different body style options with the same performance. The most recent Corolla is built with a more stylish body and offers a more comfortable ride with an elegant refined cabin.


The Corolla comes with a 139-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a 169-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a CVT or an optional 6-speed manual transmission. Corolla sedan also offers a hybrid model. 


The EPA fuel economy is city/highway 53/52 mpg for hybrid, 40 mpg highway for the 2.0-liter engine and 38 mpg highway for the 1-8-liter engine.  


  1. Toyota Camry

Like the Corolla, Camry is also gracing this list of fastest-selling sedans. 


The Toyota Camry is known for its excellent reliability with high resale value. If you are looking to trade in your car anytime – Camry is a good option for you.  


Camry comes with a frugal four-cylinder engine – which is a big saver on gas. It has an option for a more sporty model – the TRD model and comes with a  standard driver-assist with a priority on safety.


If you are looking for a car brand built for safety – Camry is your best bet. 


Camry comes with good fuel efficiency… 


The new Camry comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 202-206 hp and 182-186 lb-ft of torque depending on the trim. The fuel economy for this lineup is  28/39 mpg city/highway. 


The 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, with a fuel economy of 22/33 mpg city/highway. 


The gas-electric Hybrid engine is combined with a four-cylinder gas engine and produces 208-hp with an electric motor, with a fuel economy of 51/53 mpg or 44/47 above the LE trim. 


  1. Lexus ES

If you want a combination of luxury and affordability and focus on being a cruiser with a well-decorated luxury. Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand and it is more affordable than other luxury counterparts – like Mercedes Benz or Porsche


The latest ES gives a quiet and comfortable driving experience which is really appealing to lots of drivers. 


The ES offers customers three powertrain choices – a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 hp and an all-wheel drive as the standard. A powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 302 hp using 8-speed automatic transmission. 


The most fuel-efficient model is the hybrid powertrain which comes with front-wheel drive as a standard and produces 215 hp using a CVT.  


Fuel economy for the ES is: combined/city/highway: 28/25/34 mpg


Top 3 Fastest-Selling SUVs

SUVs have lower prices than trucks, good off-roading capabilities, high comfort grade, trunk space, and safety for families. 


For people who enjoy outdoor activities and traveling, this is a great choice for you. SUVs offer taller seating, which makes it more comfortable for people when traveling. 

If SUVs are your thing, then here’s a list of fastest-selling high demand SUVs in Nigeria


  1. Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander is the most popular SUV in Nigeria and the first choice for a lot of drivers. 


The Toyota Highlander is a stylish SUV that is very practical, comfortable for families. It comes with enough cargo capacity, good safety scores, and driver-assist features. 


The Highlander has great off-roading and towing capacity enough to haul your family off to an adventure.  


The engine is a 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6, with 8-speed automatic transmission with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive option. It has a fuel economy of  21/29 mpg city/highway. 


The fuel-saving hybrid model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors are combined to produce 243 hp with CVT. It also comes with an option between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive. The fuel economy for the lineup is 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. 


The hybrid offers more fuel efficiency than the standard engine model. 


  1. Toyota Venza

The Toyota Venza was discontinued in 2015 but was brought back as a hybrid-only option in 2021. Venza is a lineup between RAV-4 and Highlander.


Venza has a comfortable, and luxurious interior with active safety tech. It offers an optional electrochromic panoramic sunroof – with a switch, the sunroof’s glass panels turn from transparent to opaque


The standard drivetrain is a 181-hp four-cylinder, with a 268-hp V-6 as an option. It comes with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. 


The hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and three electric motors that generate 219 hp and come in all-wheel drive as a standard.


Venza offers good fuel economy of combined/city/highway: 39/40/37 mpg


  1. Lexus RX 

The RX offers a lot of standard safety tech, is spacious, and has a powerful engine. It’s no wonder why it’s one of the most popular SUVs in Nigeria. 


Its interior comes with upscale interior trimmings, soft leather, textured metallic or wood trims, and soft-touch plastics. 


Powerful and frugal hybrid engine and offers a good fuel economy. It comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 plus two electric motors that produce 290 hp power and torque of 263 lb-ft. It uses an 8-speed transmission which is really fast. 


The fuel economy is: combined/city/highway: 21/18/25 mpg


Top 3 Fastest-Selling Trucks

Trucks have good off-roading capabilities and can run Nigerian roads with ease. They are more pricy than SUVs but great for adventures…


If Trucks are your thing, then here’s a list of fastest-selling high demand SUVs in Nigeria


  1. Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux is a rugged truck with off-roading capabilities with modern interior. It comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring tech by way of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


The Hilux comes with a two-seat Single Cab, an Extra Cab with occasional rear seats, or a full Double Cab. The Double Cab is the most popular option because of its four doors and usable rear seats.


The Hilux comes with a 2.4-liter diesel engine that produces 148bhp and 201bhp 2.8-liter diesel engines. Both engines can be combined with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.


  1. Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is a rugged truck that comes with great off-roading capabilities and reliability. Tacoma’s interior furnishing has nicer materials and modern features and it comes with driver-assistance tech.


Tacoma comes with a 2.7-liter I-4 that offers 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque standard engine. It’s coupled with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and comes with RWD as standard and 4WD as an option. 


The fuel economy with the automatic transmission is 20/23 mpg city/highway for RWD, or 19/22 mpg city/highway for 4WD.


Tacoma also comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine which produces 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque which can also be upgraded. The V-6 comes with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. 


The fuel economy for the automatic transmission is 19/24 mpg city/highway for the RWD or 18/22 city/highway for 4WD. The manual transmission in TRD Pro trim has a fuel economy of 17/20 mpg city/highway.


  1. Ford F-150

Ford’s popular pickup truck F-150 lineup has a nicely outfitted cabin and awesome productivity features including an onboard generator. 


It comes with no fewer than 6 powertrains including the hybrid model. The hybrid model has quick acceleration. 


The F-150 comes with a wide range of engines options, gas, diesel, and hybrid. A maximum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds.  


The F-150 is available with several engines:  3.3-liter V6 290-hp, 265 lb-ft torque; turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 325 hp, 400 lb-ft; 5.0-liter V8 400 hp, 410 lb-ft; turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 250 hp, 440 lb-ft; turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 400 hp, 500 lb-ft. 


Its hybrid powertrain is Ford’s PowerBoost which combines the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor and a battery pack of 430 hp, 570 lb-ft. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. 


The fuel economy is: combined/city/highway 24/24/24 mpg


Further Reading

  1. Buying the Best Used Honda Car for Sale 
  2. How to Choose the Right Used Hyundai for Sale 
  3. Used Ford Car for Sale: How to Choose the Right One 
  4. Best Used Cars You Can Buy This Year Under $10,000


What Next?

Nigerian car buyers are particular about maintenance cost, fuel efficiency, availability of parts, resale value, and performance of the vehicle they want to purchase.


Buying a brand new version of any of the fastest-selling vehicles will probably cost you an arm and leg. So if you are in Nigeria and don’t know how to get started on your purchase we’ve got you!


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