It’s common for car lovers in the U.S.A. to look across the Atlantic and wish some of those sexy European rides were available here.
We’re starting to get some, but I say it’s time to show some American pride. Let’s brag a little about the cars we have available to us that people in the UK can’t drive home from their neighborhood dealers.
Not surprisingly, most of the cars on this list are trucks and SUVs, but they’re cool. And Europe doesn’t have them. So there.
Okay, I realize very few Americans even want these beasts anymore. Fourteen miles per gallon barely cuts it here, so Europeans are probably thanking the car gods that these guzzlers aren’t sold there. On the positive side, though, a brand-new four-cylinder Explorer is in the works, and guess who won’t get it?
I think Europeans would really like the Mustang. Rear-wheel drive, decent fuel economy, and good performance seem like a recipe the British would eat right up. This pony, though, remains missing from the stables of Euroropean Ford dealers.
So what do British blokes who work construction drive? And what do retirees use to tow their 22,000-pound travel trailers? Just the Ford Transit Connect, I guess.
What do European cowboys use to herd cattle on the ranch? I guess “Like a Rock” means nothing to them.
Remember the Tundra commercials where the truck pulls 10,000 pounds up a see-saw ramp and then stops the massive load coming down on the other side? Yeah. Let’s see our European friends do that in their Toyota Hilux.
Umm… nevermind. The Ridgeline is ugly and doesn’t do the things a real pickup is supposed to do. It’s not anything to brag about, unless haul you a lot of lawn clippings. Regardless, it’s available here and not there, so I included it.
Whether you love or hate Acura’s new design is a debate for U.S. buyers only, because Honda’s luxury brand isn’t available in Europe. Pick yourself up an MDX or RL and cruise around knowing you’re in a car Europeans can’t touch.
Toyota makes a few hybrid and diesel Lexus models available on the other side of the Atlantic, but only Americans can plant their seats in a sporty SC or giant GX or LX SUV.
Europeans: Are there are any U.S. cars you’d like to see at home? Americans: Anything else you are proud to have available here?