The United States has, if you haven’t noticed, one of the most voracious appetites for pickup trucks and SUVs on the planet. And because these vehicles tend to fetch hefty profits for their makers, there are many manufacturers competing for sales in the in the various sub-segments of the non-passenger-car arena.
Unfortunately, not all trucks and SUVs offered elsewhere in the world get sent here. Sometimes it’s due to lack of demand (both real and imagined). In other cases, it’s the high costs of modifying such vehicles to meet federal safety and emissions standards, while still others (particularly when pickups and vans are involved) are the fault of the so-called “Chicken Tax.” And of course, individual imports are, for all intents and purposes, out of the question (unless you want to be sneaky and risk The Man mincing your pride and joy for propaganda purposes).
In any case, we’ve compiled a short but sweet (and, frankly, depressing) list of our five favorite pickups and SUVs that can’t be had in the self-proclaimed Land of the Free. And just so you don’t moan about us overlooking the likes of the Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG and Jeep Wrangler diesel, note that we’re excluding forbidden engine variants of vehicles that are sold here.