Top 10 south of the border cars you cannot get in the US (Pt. 1)

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A sleek Alfa Romeo 159 with European license plate.

You can't buy this Alfa Romeo 159 in the U.S. (Photo Credit: Public Domain/Powering/Wikipedia)

Thanks to stringent emissions standards and unforgiving vehicular structure standards, not all cars can be sold in the United States. But that shouldn’t stop you from making a run for the border if you want to purchase one of these 10 beauties. Here are 10 south of the border cars you can’t get in the U.S. Alfa Romeo and Peugeot are featured prominently. Prices listed are dollar estimates based upon the value of the peso at writing.

South of the border cars No. 1: Alfa Romeo 159

Replacing the old Alfa 156 back in 2006, the Alfa Romeo 159 is a 3.2-liter V6-powered that features a sleek design by “Car Designer of the Century,” Giorgetto Giugiaro. For $44,500, you get an AWD six-speed automatic with 260 hp. The Alfa 159 is shorter than its most applicable competition, the four-cylinder Audi A4 turbo, but the Alfa costs around $9,000. Don’t let that stop you, though.

South of the border cars No. 2: Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio

First unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio has the innards of a 2013 Dodge Dart, notes Popular Mechanics. Or perhaps more correctly, the guts of this Alfa were taken by parent company Fiat and adapted for use in the new Dart. The Giulietta sports a 1.7-liter turbocharged engine that throws down 230 hp. The quick-shifting, dual-clutch six-speed nets $36,000, $14,000 more than the newest entry-level Dart. Noticing a trend? All is not cheaper south of the border!

South of the border cars No. 3: Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde

Designed in Milan and Torino, “MiTo” also happens to be the Italian word for myth (“mito”). It’s a three-door hatchback that’s a foot longer than a Mini Cooper, but a half-foot shorter than the Volkswagen Golf. A 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with six-speed manual transmission combine to hit 170 hp in the quickest rendition of the MiTo. Back in 2010, the European automotive press hailed the little hatchback that could as “sporty,” and in Mexico, that translates to a cool $29,000.

South of the border cars No. 4: Audi S3

Want something spicier than the U.S. model of Audi’s A3 compact wagon? Their S3 is red hot at $46,000, for those who think that 55 more horses and a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder are enough of an upgrade over the A3’s 200 hp. The Audi S3 has stiffer suspension and weighs only 3,200 pounds, making handling and acceleration a more serious affair. In Europe, the S3 competes with the BMW 130i, although the German competition has not made its way to Mexico.

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