Canadian Cars you can’t buy in the U.S.

It’s surprising that there are cars from major manufacturers that sell certain models in Canada, but not in the U.S. There are many of these cars that exist and sold in various places around the world, but never in the U.S. The strange part is that you won’t even be able to import some of these cars into the U.S. However, the same company sometime release similar cars into the U.S. that had a different name and most of the time a different engine as well.

Canadian4Chevrolet Optra

This car has many different names around the world. It’s known as a Buick Exelle in China, a Daewoo Lacetti in Korea and a Holden Viva in Australia. The car had designed and manufactured by GM and sold in Canada from 2002 to 2008. The car was available in various models, which included a hatch and sedan using a 2L four cylinder engine producing 119 hp. The Chevrolet Cobalt was sold in the U.S. at the time, which was very similar, but used a 2.2L engine producing 145 hp. The Optra was quite a bit cheaper though.

Chevrolet Epica

The Epica is a model from the Suzuki range, which simply received a different badge and name before it went to Canada as the Epica. However, GM found the car was not popular amongst the cheaper and higher powered cars available at the time. Only 2 years after the release, the company decided to cancel the specific range. The car was front wheel drive and powered by a 6 cylinder 2.5L engine.

Chevrolet Orlando

This seven seater was available in many countries, but not the U.S. The Canadian market sold the Korean built version, which started at just over CAD20,000 for the base model, which had an impressive 2.4L four cylinder engine and a 6 speed auto gearbox. This car was a bit more popular that other models due to its space, fuel economy and features.

Mercedes B200

The B200 was and still is a very popular model from Mercedes around the world, including Canada. The car never became available in the U.S. but has been in Canada and many other countries since 2005. In Canada the car uses a 2L engine that produces an impressive 136hp, but the most impressive model is the turbocharged version, which produces 193hp.

Acura CSX

The car was built exclusively for the Canadian market and also became available in different countries later on. In Canada it has been available since 2005 and basically has the same body work as a Honda Civic. The car has been available in various models with a 2L four cylinder engine, which puts out 155hp. A sports version is also available, which is known as the Type-S and offers 197hp.

Nissan X-Trail

The X-Trail was never available in the U.S. but was sold in Canada from 2002 up to 2006. The car was replaced by in 2007 by the Rogue, which was sold in both Canada and the U.S. The European version of the car offers a 2.2L diesel engine. The Japanese built a more powerful gas engine, which produced an impressive 280hp.