4 Foreign Market SUVs You Can’t Buy In The US

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Foreign market vehicles have a certain appeal, probably because you can’t buy one no matter how badly you want to. If a vehicle does not have an original license for sale in the US, you will have to wait 25 years before importing it. Detroit builds some of the best trucks in the world and jeeps. But other markets demand very different 4WD, and the result is some very interesting SUVs. Here are four I’d love to drive across the US… one day.

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Suzuki Jimny 2018 | Tomohiro Ohsumi/fake images

Once humble international workhorses, the Land Rover Series I and Toyota Land Cruiser have become opulent international status symbols. In many parts of the world, the Suzuki Jimny has become the cheap go-anywhere jeep. In many ways, the little two-door 4×4 is closer in form and function to Willys’ original CJ-2A than it is to a modern Wrangler Unlimited. I especially love how this SUV’s diminutive size doesn’t stop many owners from tossing 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 they pulled it out of the North American market. That means there’s no way to get your hands on the redesigned 2018-present generation.

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