Five Fuel Efficient Cars You Should Drive in Tanzania

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In densely-populated cities like Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Mwanza, traffic jams “foleni” are part of daily life. Being stuck in traffic, isn’t just annoying but it also uses up fuel, adding costs to already high living expenses.

While, fuel saving habits like maintaining your car, turning off your AC and driving at a reasonable speed may help lower costs. Having a fuel efficient car to begin with will help you save more money in the long run.

The great thing about fuel efficient cars is that they don’t have to be expensive. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of five popular and easy to find fuel efficient cars that cost under TZS 15 million. So if you are looking to upgrade, change cars, or buy your first car. Here are five fuel efficient cars in Tanzania that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

1. Toyota IST

You’d have to be blind not to know that Toyota dominates the car market in Tanzania. In fact, according to Best Selling Cars,  1 in every 4 cars that is bought in Tanzania is a Toyota model. And currently, one of the most popular models is the IST. The IST is greatly associated with first time car owners with a medium-sized budget and just want a practical but relatively well-designed car that is easy to maintain. It’s an added bonus that it is very fuel efficient.

Depending on the condition and year of make, average price range of used Toyota IST:

TZS 8,000,000 to TZS 12,000,000

Check out Toyota ISTs for sale

2. Toyota Vitz

Once again another Toyota car! If we got a thousand shillings for every Vitz we saw on the road in Dar es Salaam, we’d be multi-millionaires. The Toyota Vitz is similar to the IST in functionality, but a bit smaller, less sophisticated and also less pricey. For a small and compact car, the engine options are pretty powerful and fuel efficient.

Depending on the condition and year of make, avg. price range of used Toyota Vitz:

TZS 6,000,000 to TZS 9,000,000

Check out Toyota Vitzs for sale

3. Toyota Passo

In terms of design, the Toyota Passo is bigger than the Toyota Vitz, however when it comes to mechanical functioning; they are practically the same car. This small car should not be underestimated as it can seat up to five people, and still have trunk room for cargo and luggage, and can get up to 33.5 mpg or 7 L/ 100 km. However, more importantly, it’s greatly fuel efficient and you can get by on about TZS 40,000 for gas/week and drive 35 to 40 km everyday.

Depending on the condition and year of make, avg. price range of used Toyota Passo:

TZS 6,000,000 to TZS 8,500,000

Check out Toyota Passos for sale

4. Nissan March

Finally, a non-Toyota model! Have you heard of the saying, ‘old is gold’? Well, the Nissan March is an old school car, that is still incredibly convenient for drivers who want to cut fuel costs. While it looks small, the interior is surprisingly spacious thanks to the placement of the wheels and foldable rear seats. Though it’s tiny size makes it a great car for maneuvering ‘kupenya’ during rush hour – thus – saving the fuel you’d waste waiting in the traffic queue.

Depending on the condition and year of make, avg. price range of used Nissan March:

TZS 4,000,000 to TZS 6,000,000

*Though older models from 90s can go down to TZS 2,500,000

Check out Nissan Marchs for sale

5.     Honda Fit

Another non-Toyota model! The Honda Fit’s design is what allows it to be so fuel efficient. Instead of making it bigger and so heavier to drive, the makers created more interior space by placing the fuel tank under the front seats and raising the rear seat higher. This allows the Honda Fit to to get up to 33 mpg or 7.1L/100 km.

Depending on the condition and year of make, avg. price range of used Honda Fit:

TZS 8,000,000 to TZS 14,000,000

Check out Honda Fit’s for sale

The benefits are endless

Even if you don’t have to deal with traffic, buying a fuel-efficient car will help reduce fuel costs, which is great for your bank account and also the environment! So, now that you have some fuel efficient car options, visit our cars classifieds and find the one that’s right for you.

Also, ever wondered why Toyota’s are so popular in Tanzania? We have the answers here.

Iman Lipumba
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