There was a time when Europe got all the cool cars.
A decade ago, Europe had the small, fast, and efficient cars that folks in the U.S. could only envy from across the Atlantic. Even the domestic Big 3 automakers seemed to send their best metal to Europe while leaving the clunky, fuel-thirsty cars stateside.
Americans became especially jealous in 2008, because the price of gas climbed well above $4 per gallon and Europe’s fuel-sipping diesels and small-displacement motors seemed to taunt our oversized V8 SUVs.
Today it’s a different story. Some of the best cars in the world are available for sale here, including some that people in Europe can only dream of someday owning.
Here’s what the U.S. has that Europe can’t access quite so easily:
These beasts are as American as the proverbial apple pie. Europeans make do with plenty of compact truck options, but owning a Ford F-250 Super Duty is decidedly American. Need to tow a boat, a horse trailer, or a trailer full of race cars? Be grateful you live in these United States.
Oh, and we have some of the best compact trucks in the world available here, too.
V8 Muscle Cars
Up until 2015, Europeans didn’t have access to new American muscle cars. That changed when Ford brought the Mustang to Europe and sold as many as it could import.
Apparently there had been some pent-up demand for American muscle. Even the 5.0-liter V8 is now available in Europe, though it comes at a price that would stop Americans in their tracks. In Germany, for example, the V8 Mustang starts at the equivalent of $46,000. Those who opt for a convertible ‘Stang can pay over $50,000. Those are BMW prices.
Here at home, the 5.0-liter Mustang starts at just under $37,000. You should probably go get one, then count your lucky stars that you live here.
Living Large in Big Sedans
European roads are notorious for being small, windy, and, in some cases, centuries old. Those certainly aren’t ideal conditions for American-size sedans. In fact, the Ford Fusion is considered large in many European countries, while anything bigger quickly enters the territory of expensive luxury sedans.
Here in the States, there are plenty of affordable full-size sedans to suit the needs of nearly any family while comfortably cruising America’s wide, straight highways.
We Have Fuel Efficiency, Too
Gone are the days when Europe had all the MINIs, Fiats, and super-efficient small cars. Today, U.S. buyers who want Euro-like sizing and fuel economy have choices from nearly all automakers. Hybrids, electrics, and naturally aspirated gas-sipping cars share dealer space with turbocharged cars that give buyers here more options than they’ve had in at least a decade.
Don’t Forget Tesla
Tesla Motors is headquartered in California and releases its vehicles in the United States before shipping them overseas. For buyers who want first dibs on the latest technology from an industry leader, America is the place to be.
Are there any cars not sold in the U.S. that you wish you could buy?