4 Foreign SUVs You Can’t Buy in the US

Vehicles in foreign markets have a certain allure, probably because you can’t buy one no matter how much you want to. If a vehicle is not originally licensed for sale in the United States, you must wait 25 years before importing it. Detroit builds some of the world’s best trucks and SUVs. But other markets require very different 4WD, and the result is some very cool SUVs. Here are four I’d love to drive around the US…someday.

Suzuki Jimny

2018 Suzuki Jimny | Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

The Land Rover Series I and Toyota Land Cruiser may have once been humble international workhorses, but they have evolved into opulent international status symbols. In many parts of the world, the Suzuki Jimny has become the cheap “jeep” that goes everywhere. In many ways, the little two-door 4×4 is closer in form and function to Willy’s original CJ-2A than a modern Wrangler Unlimited. I especially love how this SUV’s small size doesn’t stop many owners from throwing them on modern 33-inch tires, even if it requires a monstrous 6-inch lift. Suzuki sold the Jimny in the US as the “Samurai” until 2010. But then it removed it from the North American market. That means there’s no way to get your hands on the redesigned 2018-current generation.

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