Author: Curtis Farrell |

Toyota is one of the most “American” Japanese automakers with dozens of facilities throughout the United States. The stamp “Made in Japan” nowadays is as honorable as rare, so if you want to buy the vehicle that originates from the Land of the Rising Sun, you should be prepared.

Japanese assembly is synonymous with exceptional quality, either we talk about cars or guitars, for instance. That is why there is a difference for customers, which are concerned about the quality of their purchase. However, such cars cost significantly more in general – it’s true for all makes and all regions of the world.

Is it even possible to buy a new Toyota that was made in Japan without going to Japan yourself with all associated costs for transferring the vehicle back home? Yes, it’s still possible, but only for specific models.

Official Figures

Currently, about 75 percent of Toyotas sold in North America are made in North America. The official figures for 2012 (the latest year available) constitutes that the Toyota Motor North America has sold 2,274,600 cars and built 1,720,600 per that particular year. That leaves only half a million for Toyotas made exclusively in Japan.

Which Toyotas Are Made in Japan?

2016 Toyota Prius C © Toyota Motor Corporation

Made in Japan

The U.S. assembly includes Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, and Venza (production ended in June 2015) models. Knowing this, we can easily figure out by exclusion, which models are made in Japan: it’s 4Runner, FJ Cruiser (U.S. sales ended in December 2014), never aging Land Cruiser, Prius, and Yaris. Toyota’s latest novelty named Mirai, which is known as one of the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, is also made in Japan.

So, if you want to buy the pure “Made in Japan” Toyota, you should look into one of these. By the way, the lion’s share of sales among them belongs to the full hybrid electric mid-size hatchback Prius.


The cheapest “Made in Japan” Toyota is 2016 Yaris – it has a price tag starting from $14,895. 2016 Prius C ($19,560), 2016 Prius ($24,200), and 2016 Prius V ($26,675) are next in line. 2016 4Runner will cost you $33,810 while the luxurious “timeless icon” Land Cruiser is worth $83,825. The price tag for hydrogen fuel cell 2016 Mirai starts from $57,500.

According to Green Car Reports, deliveries of Mirai to retail customers began in California in October 2015. A total of 57 vehicles were delivered in late 2015. Toyota scheduled to release the Mirai in the five Northeastern States in the first half of 2016 as hydrogen fueling infrastructure is built. Toyota will provide free hydrogen fueling for the first three years to initial buyers of the Mirai, just as Hyundai does for lessees of its Hyundai Tucson-ix35 Fuel Cell in California. Toyota expects cumulative sales of 3,000 Mirais in the U.S. by the end of 2017.

As you can see, the corporation seeks to cover vast and motley audience with the different paying capacity even in the context of cars made exclusively in Japan.

Which Toyotas Are Made in Japan?

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser © Toyota Motor Corporation


The U.S. market is the most profitable and thus substantial for Toyota – it is one and a half times bigger than Toyota’s domestic market. That is why the corporation continues to expand the production capacity in the United States, which leads to a growing percentage of American-made vehicles in Toyota’s supplies. It is very likely that sometime in the near future you won’t be able to buy Toyota straight from Japan. Of course, there will always be Land Cruiser – could you imagine its absence?

  • Manny Gilhang

    I still drive my 2002 Toyota Highlander ( 142,500 miles), that drives excellent, assembled in Japan !! My next purchase will be another Highlander, which your article said is now Made in USA. What states are they being made, so I can research the locations’ quality rating?

  • still driving my 2005 Toy 4runner, almost 300k ..I only change the oil, oil filter, air filter, brakes and struts, then tires, other than that it’s been very good