1994 was a great year for Japanese car manufacturing. Below you find examples that were produced in 1994 making them legal to import to the USA in 2019. Keep in mind, that the manufacturing/production date is only an indicator of vehicle admissibility. For legal importation to the US, under the 25-year rule, the vehicle must have been first registered 25 years ago — to the month of initial registration. Check with your JDM importer/exporter to confirm.
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Best JDM Sports Cars
This list is in alphabetical order.
- Honda Civic SIR-II
- Honda NSX
- Honda Prelude
- Mazda Cosmo
- Mazda RX-7 R2 (FD3S)
- Mitsubishi GTO (3000 GT)
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II
- Nissan 180SX Type X (S14 SR20DET)
- Nissan Fairlady Z (Z32 300ZX)
- Nissan Pulsar GTI-R
- Nissan Silvia K’s (S14 240SX / 200SX)
- Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)
- Subaru Impreza WRX STi
- Toyota Celica GT-Four
- Toyota Chaser (JXZ90)
- Toyota MR-2 G-Limited (SW20)
- Toyota Soarer (JZZ30 with 1JZ-GTE)
- Toyota Supra (JZA80)
- Mazda AZ-1
- Suzuki Cappuccino LTD
Best JDM Trucks
Some of the most reliable, turbo diesel-powered 4X4s in the world were manufactured in Japan in 1994.
- Mitsubishi Pajero
- Nissan Safari Gran Road
- Toyota Land Cruiser
- Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
- Honda Acty
- Suzuki Jimny
Best JDM Vans
Unlike the soccer mom vans produced for North America our friends in Asia and Europe had access to amazing turbo diesel-powered 4×4 vans.
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JDM cars, Japanese Domestic Market cars, are cars only made for the Japanese market with few exported units to other markets. But for the car community, “JDM cars” means exotic, special or unique Japanese cars. For example, a Toyota Supra or Chaser is considered more of a JDM car than a Toyota Noah or Camry.
JDM means Japan Domestic Market. JDM cars are cars made in Japan for the Japanese market only. Even German makes and models such as the BMW 3-series and the Porsche 911 series manufactured in Japan are JDM cars.
JDM car-specific dealerships and websites are the best places to start when looking for a JDM car. However, these might be slightly more expensive than buying from JDM car owners. If there’s a JDM car that you’ve been eying, you can always check it out and take it for a test drive. But if it doesn’t look good as in the pictures, walk into a JDM dealership, as you will likely get one in pristine condition.
It depends on the type of JDM car you want. Kei cars are the cheapest JDM cars; you can get them for under $3,000. Luxury sedans, VIP sedans and their sportier versions go for around $7,000, which is also the same price as entry-level sports cars such as the Nissan Fairlady and Mazda RX7. JDM sports cars, SUVs and special editions approximately sell for anything over $30,000, and figures can go over $100,000 depending on the make, model and spec.
Any JDM car made after 1998 is illegal for import in the US as of 2022. You can import any JDM car to the US, provided it’s 25 years old, with the age count starting from the year of manufacture.
JDM cars over 25 years old are legal for import in the US, which means that if the vehicle is a 1997 model or has a later YOM, you can import it to the US in 2022. Cars made in 1998 will be legal for import in 2023, including some Nissan Skyline R34 early production units. To know if a JDM car is legal in the US, add 25 years to its year of manufacture to get the year it will be legal for import.
You can import a JDM car to the US, provided it’s over 25 years from the manufacturing date. However, you’ll need an import agent to help you clear the vehicle through customs and register the car. If you are importing through an import agency, all you have to pay is an all-inclusive price, then go collect the car or have it delivered to you.