Tech guys are all about the value their car gives them, not the money; that is not their problem. They want to park at the gym on a hot Saturday morning and be the center of attraction, not the guy whose car blows thick clouds every time.
If you are that tech guy looking for a car in Nigeria, there are car brands you should avoid, including the Toyota Sienna. Trust me, I have nothing against this car brand, but even you will agree that it doesn’t go with your style, and the list goes on and on.
Some cars will cause you more trouble than they’re worth, and you don’t want to worry about car repairs when there’s a code to crack. If you’re that tech guy who just hit the milli and wants a nice car, you’re in the right place.
At the end of this article, I will give you a heads-up on what to look out for in a car as a tech bro. I’m considering everything from aesthetics to speed, reliability and safety.
5 Nigerian Cars To Avoid As A Tech Guy
1. Avoid The Toyota Sienna
The Toyota Sienna is one of the best minivans on the market. It is roomy, comfortable, and stylish, with a powertrain that provides 245 horsepower. It has an EPA fuel rating of 36 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
On the interior, you’ll see a center console that runs from the dashboard to the center armrest. The Toyota Sienna’s newest infotainment system is a 9.0-inch touchscreen display that sits upright over the climate controls on the dashboard. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa connection are standard, and the van’s interior has seven USB outlets.
As for safety, the Toyota Sienna comes with blind-spot monitoring and its Safety Sense 2.0 bundle of driver-assistance features. It earned five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, for safety and a predicted reliability score of 74 out of 100.
Why, then, should you avoid it? We can all agree that Siennas are meant for large families because which tech guy needs an 8-seater car? And the aesthetics are basic, not cool. Remember, you’ll see and drive your car every day. It better looks good.
2. Stay Away From The Kia Soul
The Kia Soul is a small, boxy, subcompact car offered in various trims and powertrain configurations. Beautiful car but too problematic; the Kia Soul is prone to oil leaks. Such repairs are expensive, but the most annoying part is that it is frequent.
Kia Soul owners also say the car has suspension issues. The front wheel bearings and suspension springs are prone to failure. Furthermore, steering pins and tie rod system components might break, resulting in ongoing suspension troubles and costly repairs.
That’s not the only problem Kia Souls have; there are reports that the Kia Soul could lose power unexpectedly while driving. Most of them are caused by catalytic converter damage induced by high exhaust temperatures. Imagine you’re cruising on Third Mainland bridge, and your car ceases, not cool.
The power problem causes engine components to fail and, in extreme cases, can result in a fire beneath the hood. Yes, the Soul is prone to catching fire. It is a serious issue, and Kia recalled nearly 380,000 vehicles due to fire risks in 2021. But you’re in Nigeria, so even if there were a recall, you wouldn’t benefit from it.
3. Leave The 2012 Acura TL Alone
The 2012 Acura TL is one of the best-equipped sedans in its class, offering a strong V6 engine, excellent handling and braking ability, and a comfortable ride. Standard equipment on the 2012 Acura TL includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power sunroof, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth.
2012 Acura is not bad on fuel efficiency either. It has an EPA rating of 20/29 mpg city/highway. So when fuel prices go up at year-end, you can trust your car not to empty your bank account.
Some reviewers say the brake is powerful, while others say it feels numb. You need a sound brake system for the Nigerian road where most drivers aren’t very sane but let’s not forget safety.
No one plans to ram their car onto another one, but if it happened, you’d trust your car to save you, right? The 2012 Acura TL is not that car. It has an NHTSA rating of two over five for the frontal crash test and an overall NHTSA safety rating of three over five stars. Dear tech guy, you work so hard to make millions; there’s no way you want your career to end because your car couldn’t protect you.
4. Don’t Buy A Tesla
I know you didn’t see this coming, but that Tesla car you admire is not suitable for you. Sure, you love Elon Musk’s technology, and I agree, the guy is a tech genius, but you’re a tech guy in Nigeria, not Canada. The Model S has a 396-mile range, 1,020 horsepower, and an overall top speed of 200 miles per hour, a true classic. Plus, the Model S has cutting-edge technology and a lovely interior.
Nigerians love luxury cars; no matter how expensive a car is, at least two people in Nigeria will buy it. I’ve seen a Tesla before in Nigeria, and more may be on their way, but someone else should buy them, not you.
Charging will always be a problem. An electric vehicle needs to be charged in a proper electric charging station. Furthermore, the S model has suspension, body components, and electronics issues.
5. Don’t Buy A Subaru Outback
Yes, the Subaru Outback is a great wagon. It combines car-like handling and small-SUV performance with a slew of standard and optional technology, comfort, and driver-assistance systems. In the 2022 Outback, Subaru offers two versions of their Starlink infotainment system.
The entry-level models have a pair of 7-inch touch screens and a few buttons and knobs for quick navigation. However, the top speed of any Outback model is roughly 130 mph, which is too sluggish for you. You can get it for your significant other.
What Should Tech Guys Look For In A Car?
Many people buy cars only because it’s cheap that’s why we outlined the best 10 luxury cars under 7 million naira for naija techies, but if you want the best of what is available, you must stop thinking about the cost. But tech guys supposedly have money because there’s money in the IT industry. With all that being said, here are some things that tech guys look out for when buying a car.
Men love to drive in style, and tech guys raise the bar; they go for class. In case you haven’t noticed, perception is everything. When you’ve achieved a certain status in life, you no longer want the basic things. Your car choice will go beyond what helps you move faster to what gives you that stylish excellence. Tech guys and excellence go so well together.
A Sound Navigation System
GPS navigation systems help drivers navigate through unfamiliar locations. They can also show traffic conditions and even allow you to search for nearby restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. Some navigation systems also have voice control, so you can ask for directions without taking your hands off the wheel.
Connected cars allow you to check your vehicle’s status remotely to adjust climate control settings while you’re away from home or work using your smartphone. Many newer cars have built-in Wi-Fi hotspots so passengers can connect their smartphones and other devices while on the road.
Bluetooth allows you to connect your smartphone or another device to your car’s stereo system to listen to music or make calls while driving. For tech guys, music is therapeutic; what use is a car without music?
If you’re buying a new car, don’t just focus on what looks good and drives well — take the time to find out how well it will hold up over time. Cars go through a lot during their lifetimes. They should handle everyday wear and tear without breaking down or needing expensive repairs too often.
A vehicle that gets excellent reliability ratings from Consumer Reports or JD Power will probably be more dependable than one that doesn’t perform as well in these tests.
Safety is important in cars. When you’re driving, you need to be able to trust your car will keep you and your passengers safe. If you’re not comfortable with the safety of your vehicle, it’s time to get it checked out by a mechanic before driving it again.
The NHTSA has made progress in getting car companies to manufacture vehicles with better safety features. They test car safety on side crashes, front crash, and over-lapping. If your car gets five out of five stars on safety, it’s a good buy.
If you’re buying an SUV because you want more space for your family but don’t want gas bills that rival those of a yacht owner, check out fuel economy before committing yourself to anything too big or powerful. Smaller cars tend to get better gas mileage than larger ones.
Cars aren’t just machines for transportation; in a way, your car reflects your personality. Just like clothes can make or break your style, cars can make or break your image, which is why aesthetics are important. But beyond that, consider how safe, reliable, and fuel-efficient the car is before you buy.