Top 10 south of the border cars you cannot get in the US (Pt. 2)

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A Chevrolet Captiva.

A Chevrolet Captiva. (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Thomas Doerfer/Wikipedia)

You’re back to soak in the kind of south of the border cars that you just can’t buy in the good ol’ US of A. There’s luxury, sport and more. CLICK HERE if you missed vehicles 1 through 4 of this top 10.

South of the border cars No. 5: Chevrolet Captiva

A 264 hp AWD crossover, the Chevrolet Captiva will run you about $29,000 south of the border for the Sport G model, which runs faster than its most apt counterpart in the U.S., the Chevy Equinox. The Equinox has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder in its basic form, which puts out 182 hp. The Captiva is actually sold in the U.S., but only has a fleet vehicle, rather than a standard production model.

South of the border cars No. 6: Mastretta MXT 2.0

A mid-engined two-seater that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Lotus Exige, that $65,000 sports car has a Ford 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo under the hood. It can reportedly go 0-to-60 in 4.9 seconds, and top out at around 149 mph with its 250 horses. This five-speed manual with ultra-light aluminum chassis and carbon fiber body will come to the U.S., but a release date has yet to be announced.

South of the border cars No. 7: Peugeot 207 CC Roadster

A convertible for four, the Mexican model of the Peugeot 207 CC Roadster misses out on the fuel economy of the European edition. The $24,500 Mexican drop-top features a “refined” design that includes a folding metal roof that tucks securely into the trunk. Hope you didn’t expect to take home groceries.

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South of the border cars No. 8: Peugeot 308

Peugeot returns to the Mexico list with an internal combustion 1.6-liter turbo engine that once set a world record of 75 mpg during a 9,000-mile trip. For $23,000, you can take home a 163 hp 1.6-liter version of the 308. For $25,500, you can get the 200 hp model with a 1.6-liter turbo engine.

South of the border cars No. 9: Peugeot 308 CC Convertible

Similar to the Volkswagen Eos, Peugeot’s 308 CC Convertible hit Mexican markets in 2009 with a steel roof that can recede into the trunk automatically in 20 seconds. The 308 CC Convertible’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo hits 163 hp, which may not be quite as muscular as the Eos, but the 308 CC costs $1,000 less at $33,500.

South of the border cars No. 10: Peugeot RCZ Coupe

This Peugeot is a four-seat, front-wheel drive that entered the Mexican market in 2010. Options included a 163 hp or 200 hp turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder model. The former sports a dual-clutch six-speed transmission, while the more powerful option is a regular six-speed manual. The twin bubble roof gives the RCZ the spacy style edge that the most comparable U.S.-available vehicle – the Audi TT – lacks. All for $38,000 for the base model.


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