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TOTD: Which Kei Car is Your Favorite?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/12/2014 Christian Seabaugh
1991 Honda Beat© Provided by MotorTrend 1991 Honda Beat

Every country has its own unique bit of car culture. In Australia they have utes, in America monstrous pickup trucks, and in Japan, they have the Kei car. Designed to skirt Japanese taxes, Kei Cars are ultra-compact cars, SUVs, and pickups no longer than 11.2 feet, and no wider than 4.9 feet. Engine size is capped at 660 cc. With low price-points and tax benefits, Japanese car buyers seem to love them – especially considering just about every Japanese automaker offers one.

For today's Thread of the Day, courtesy of MunaH, we'd like to know which Kei Car you like most. The original poster likes his Kei Cars sporty: his favorites include the mid-engined Honda Beat and Mazda AZ-1, as well as the Suzuki Cappuccino, which had a front-engine and rear-drive. Harvey- is a fan of the practical and stylish Suzuki Wagon R, while Alex daOriginal has a thing for Kei Car pickup trucks, especially those made by Suzuki. A handful of Kei Cars have made their way to the United States. The Scion iQ microcar is one example, as is the quirky Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Which Kei Car is your favorite? Sound off with your pick in the comment section below.

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