Why is the Suzuki Jimny Banned in the U.S?

Have you seen the Suzuki Jimny? It’s the adorable 4×4 SUV that’s beloved worldwide. It could be the boxy Jeep Renegade that we actually want. But unfortunately, the 2020 Suzuki Jimny isn’t available in the United States. 

Why isn’t the Suzuki Jimny available in the U.S.?

The Suzuki Jimny is the much safer successor to the Suzuki Samurai. Back in the ’80s you could buy the Suzuki Samurai in the United States and have an excellent time off-roading. However, the Suzuki Jimny probably won’t come to the states. 

2019 Suzuki Jimny
2019 Suzuki Jimny | Suzuki

Back in 1985, when the Suzuki Samurai was introduced, people loved it. It had a body on frame construction, solid front and rear axles, and a 2-speed 4WD transfer case. But according to AutoWise, Consumer Reports released a review in 1988 that mentioned the massive rollover risk for the Samurai. Then sales tanked. 

The damage done to the American Suzuki Motor Corporation was too much to recover from. They even filed a lawsuit in 1996 that was settled out of court and dropped in 2010. Then in 2013, Suzuki pulled out of the North American market entirely. They left us without the epic fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny. 

Can I import the Suzuki Jimny to United States?  

There are a few issues with bringing the Suzuki Jimny to the United States. First, the Japanese automaker would need to ensure that the Jimny is up to United States safety and emission standards. Did they fix the dangerous rollover risk, and how much would it take for the engine to be brought into compliance? 

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According to TheTruthAboutCars, the estimated cost to bring the Jimny to the United States is about $275 million. This includes the costs of marketing, building dealerships, customer service, and more.

Plus, the 2020 Suzuki Jimny would have a higher price to cover the cost of the import tax on bringing vehicles to the United States, and with a higher price, it may not do well against competitors like the Jeep Wrangler. 

What’s so great about the Suzuki Jimny? 

According to Top Gear, the versatile Suzuki Jimny is fun to drive on the pavement and while off-roading. While it still has solid axles, which can be bumpy on the road, it’s what off-roaders prefer. Plus, the Jimny managed to tame the harsh ride on the highways. 

2019 Suzuki Jimny interior
2019 Suzuki Jimny interior | Suzuki

Its 1.5-liter engine provides 101 hp, but doesn’t feel underpowered. When paired with the 5-speed manual transmission, it has a fast and sporty acceleration. It’s like a rally car on curvy mountain roads. 

With the Suzuki Jimny, you can confidently climb over obstacles and crawl down steep inclines with confidence. The 4wd low does an excellent job of providing maximum torque and preventing slippage. 

Plus, this boxy SUV isn’t outdated. It comes with standard driver convenience and safety features, including lane-keeping assistance and Bluetooth connectivity. The interior has a retro yet modern design too. 

2019 Suzuki Jimny rear area
2019 Suzuki Jimny rear area | Suzuki

The seats are noted as being supportive and comfortable. Plus, you can fit a surprising amount of camping gear in the back when you fold the rear bench seat down. With USB outlets to charge your devices, the little SUV has everything you need. Only, now we really need it in the U.S!