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Top 10 Car Models in Sabah

With the lack of public transport infrastructure in Sabah (sad but true), it’s inevitable that you’ll soon end up buying your own car after graduation. Here are the top 10 car models in Sabah (based on posts in

1. Toyota Hilux

Starting at RM100k-RM138k, this has got to be the most popular 4WD in Sabah. This versatile vehicle is a must have for every home in Sabah. With its powerful 2.8L turbo engine, you can drive up to the Kinabalu Park with ease while doing it in style.

2. Perodua Myvi

Our second National car, the Perodua Myvi is the most popular car in Malaysia. It has just been recently upgraded with a new more aggressive look, but nothing beats this classic cute compact car which you can drive around the city , with a economic fuel consumption and maintenance fee. And it’s very easy to park! A good choice for newbie drivers.

3. Isuzu D-Max

A great alternative to the Toyota Hilux, the Isuzu D-Max is one of the more powerful pick-up available in the market. It has very good fuel consumption too! Drives well, and looks good!

4. Toyota Vios

Popular among the value for money crowd, the Toyota Vios is well built, and can last for years with a fairly low maintenance costs and a very good fuel consumption with its reliable 1.5 engine, while maintaining good resale value down the years.

5. Proton Saga (BLM)

Our first National car, Proton Saga has been around since 1985, and a popular choice over the Perodua Myvi / Perodua Bezza due to its price point and size.

6. Toyota Landcruiser

The creme de la creme of Japanese 4WD, the Toyota Land Cruiser is a popular choice in Sabah. While not officially brought in by UMW Malaysia, this car is the best choice if you’re looking for a powerful 4WD with a luxury interior.

7. Honda City

Another car built for the young crowd, the Honda City is fun to drive in the city with an adequate powerful 1.5L iVTEC engine.

8. Toyota Avanza

A potentially great family car, the Toyota Avanza can fit up as much a 7 persons with a reliable engine. Although in my opinion the engine is slightly under-powered for its size, the reliable and fuel efficient engine is makes up for driving in the city or an weekend family outing.

9. Honda Civic

Coming to the 10th Generation this year, this generation of Civic is targeted at the young market, with its sporty and aggressive look compared to the previous generation. Over the years, the Honda Civic has been one of the most popular Honda model in Kota Kinabalu ever since the days of EG. Honda introduced a turbo engine in this generation of Civic, giving it a power boost for its already powerful iVTEC engine. Furthermore, with its 1500cc engine, you can save up on road tax, which is around RM60 per year.

10. Ford Ranger

Probably the most compared model to the Toyota Hilux, not only the Ford Ranger has a good look, the Ford Ranger is powerful while providing a nice interior for its passengers. It is also a joy to drive.

Let me know down below in the comments section if you agree on this list? Happy safe driving everyone!