What Are the Best Types of Batteries for Japanese Cars?

Whether you own a Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, or Toyota, congratulations, you own a Japanese car.

Japanese vehicles are known for their high-tech image, high reliability, and low malfunction rate, as the cliche goes. But even the most reliable car needs a battery change.

So, what are the best types of batteries for Japanese Cars? It’s a little more complicated than you may think.

Even though all these vehicles originate in the same country, a Toyota Hilux and Suzuki Swift have different battery needs.

Before going into what generally works with a Japanese car, let’s break down the different types of car batteries.

Different Types of Car Batteries

There are several different types of batteries you can fit into your vehicle.

A battery’s primary purpose is to supply the spark plug in the engine with electricity to start the combustion process.

Your battery requirements can change dramatically depending on your vehicle’s engine size and fuel type.

Let’s look at the most common car batteries, which include:


This might be the fitted battery you’re most familiar with.

The electrochemical reaction between the lead plates generates the electrical charge. Sulfuric acid acts as the channel for the electricity to move.

Lead-acid batteries come in different layouts and perform various tasks.

One type, the flooded battery can hold a charge and be recharged. But you will need to do regular maintenance and refill the chambers.

Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM)

Unlike the standard lead-acid battery, there’s no liquid in this unit. Inside the AGM is a synthetic fiber mat, soaked in sulfuric acid.

It might be confusing, but an AGM is still a lead-acid battery. The significant difference is how the sulfuric acid is stored.

The chemical process happens along with the fiber mats. These are typically sealed off and can’t be fixed if they malfunction.

Then again, you don’t need to worry about maintenance. You can read more about that here.

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are the same technology that powers your phone and are usually the go-to for hybrid and electric vehicles.

But these are expensive and are damaged by variations in temperatures. Extreame cold weather can even prevent them from working.

Everything in Between

At RB Battery we currently offer Dry Charged Automotive Batteries, Maintenance Free (SMF) Batteries and Deep Cycle Batteries.

You can review these products and their benefits here. But each product has been tailored to be the best it can be.

So, what are the best batteries for Japanese cars? Well, it’s all down to the type of Japanese car you drive! But we know you will want the best.

Looking through our catalog, you’ll definitely be interested in our dry-charged automotive batteries.

Let’s tackle this by vehicle type.

Micro or City Car

You’re unlikely to own and drive a Kei car unless you live in Japan.

But the Toyota Agya is a city run-around vehicle, and the entry-level, 3-cylinder engine, 1.0l, requires a 190mm long, 175 mm high, and 241 mm wide battery.

We’d suggest picking our B19 battery group, which will produce between 32- 40 amperes (AH).

As a smaller car, you won’t need loads of amps to get its three cylinders firing.

It is also a new vehicle in the African market, so those outlets might need assistance picking the correct battery.

Small Sedan

The Mazda 6 is a fun Japanese sedan to own and drive. Perfect for those looking for a vehicle that offers some performance while able to drop off the children at school.

The battery dimensions of the Mazda are 230 mm long, 172 mm wide, and 202 mm high.

With the entry-level Mazda 6 housing a 2.0 litre under the bonnet, we’d suggest using B24, which pumps between 45-50 AH.

People Carriers

If you’re traveling anywhere on the African continent or in Asia, the Toyota HiAce is the vehicle that moves people.

But even though there are other competitors, the HiAce has been a staple for decades. It requires a battery that is 305 mm long, 172 mm wide, and 222 mm high.

We’d suggest getting the most robust battery which is the D26. It produces 50 – 70 AH, which will ensure that nothing will stop this battery from moving your passengers from A to B.

Pick-Up and Larger Sedans

Isuzu makes tough pick-up trucks and commercial vehicles. They have made the most rigid and longest-lasting cars.

The Isuzu D Max is a double-cab workhorse, at home on the dunes as it is carving new paths through dense forest areas.

It requires a pretty intense battery, as you’d expect from a large vehicle. This is especially true due to the fact it is diesel.

It requires 80 AH to start. You’ll need to fit our D31 group supplying between 70 – 90AH depending on your requirements..

Sports Car

There’s nothing more exciting than browsing through the Japanese sports car catalog.

For this exercise, we will choose the jointly created Subaru BRZ, Toyota GR86, FR-S, or 86.

Depending on your market, one of these variations will be available.

So, to answer the question of what’s the best battery to fit into a Japanese car, it’s the RB brand with a full range of batteries that is best suited for all your Japanese Vehicle applications.

Fit your Japanese Car With RB Battery

As sponsors of the Thailand Super Series, RB Battery prides itself on creating batteries that work in the toughest conditions.

We know firsthand what your battery needs to overcome.

If you’re looking for a battery that was built to withstand the dust and heat of the Middle East, the high humidity of Asia, and the rough roads of Africa, we can help.

Contact us today, here.