Are you bummed that we don’t get some of Europe’s sexiest and most interesting cars in Canada? What about the many small pickups available around the globe that aren’t sold here?
We have plenty of reasons to be jealous of customers overseas, but there are also a dozen vehicles sold in the U.S. that don’t make it this side of the border. And we’re not even counting all those models—particularly SUVs—offering a cheaper two-wheel drive version, mainly due to more favourable winter conditions.
Here are five U.S. models we wish we’d have in Canada:
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota’s flagship SUV in the U.S. is not the Sequoia, but rather the Land Cruiser. As the product of over 60 years of global adventures, it blends legendary off-road prowess with on-road comfort and unparalleled refinement—and pricing reflects that. A 5.7-litre V8 lies under the hood.
Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Let’s stay with Toyota. You know the Avalon full-size sedan, which was redesigned from the ground up for 2019 and built on a new global architecture. It looks and feels more like a luxury car than ever. Well, south of the border, it even offers a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain option that improves efficiency by more than 50 percent over the base V6-powered model. Impressive, isn’t it?
Buick Regal TourX
When Buick redesigned the Regal for 2018, it introduced a Sportback variant (which we have in Canada) and a crossover-style TourX variant (which we don’t). The latter boasts a 2.0-litre turbo rated at 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and is almost as attractive as a Volvo V60 Cross Country.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
Significantly refreshed for 2020, the CR-V will go on sale in the U.S. this fall with a first-ever hybrid variant. Unfortunately, Honda has no immediate plans to sell this model north of the border. That’s a shame. By combining two electric motors with a 2.0-litre, Atkinson-cycle engine, the CR-V Hybrid achieves a total of 212 horsepower, an increase of 22 horsepower from the 1.5-litre turbo engine, while fuel economy is expected to be improved by 50 percent in the city.
Cadillac ATS Coupe
The ATS retired from the Canadian market in 2018, but you can still buy an ATS Coupe in the U.S.—with an available 3.6-litre V6 that generates 335 horsepower. However, it will soon be replaced by the upcoming CT4… which Canada will get, blissfully.