Despite the hardships of the past year, Japan has remained one of the world's top exporters of sleek, improbably beautiful cars - such as Suzuki cars. But which ones are the best of the best? Here are our top ten Japanese cars of 2011-2012.
10: Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Japan loves its hybrids, and the Toyota Highlander is no exception. With crazy acceleration and ever-gaining horsepower, this is the car to watch in the coming months.
9: Lexus RX 350: A hefty thing to look at, you wouldn't imagine that the Lexus RX 350 would be inexpensive to purchase and maintain - but it does, in fact, get some of the best mileage out of any Japanese car seen in the past decade.
8: Honda Accord Coupe: With leather seats, leather steering and a 4-cylinder engine purring under the hood, driving an Accord is like living your own action movie. Who can resist?
7: Subaru Legacy: After a complete redesign in 2010, the Subaru Legacy emerged in 2011 with all-wheel drive, a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and tons of updated features. Change can be for the better!
6: Toyota Vitz: A 5/6 manual transmission and 1.3 L engine makes the Vitz a tempting choice for any car enthusiast. Also keep an eye out for its brother, the Yaris Hybrid, expected to hit the streets of Europe sometime later this year.
5: Infiniti M: With curves you haven't seen since the Jaguar, the Infiniti M is a sports car that will be the envy of everyone you ever meet. The name is Bond, sir. James Bond.
4: Nissan Maxima: Not only is it a sleek piece of machinery, but the Nissan Maxima is also the cream of the crop when it comes to safety and value - it won five stars from the NHTSA and four years of blue ribbons from ALG.
3: Suzuki Grand Vitara: This car ranks well for people looking for an affordable and compact SUV that’s great for city driving and reliability off-road as well.