Okay, so here's the deal. For anyone who doesn't already know, I live in Canada. Pretty much everyone who lives in Canada knows we get screwed on a daily basis when it comes to buying things like cars. They just cost more here. With our Canadian dollar doing as strong as it is right now (almost $0.96 US right now), the exchange rate is almost moot. So it just makes sense right now for a Canadian to buy a car in the US, and re-import it into Canada. Seriously, the fee charged by Canada Border Services is less than $200, and even if the car you're importing was not assembled in North America (and hence does not fall under NAFTA requirements) and you have to pay 0.61% duty, it still works out to be cheaper to buy in the US. So after much head-banging and bitching and moaning and talking to everyone I work with and annoying them to no end, I have narrowed down my decision to three models. And, it just so happens they're all Toyotas. Why Toyota? Aside from the good name, they seem to give the fewest hassles when it comes to a US dealer selling to a Canadian, and the US warranty being honored in Canada. So without further adieu, my three picks are: #1: 2007 Toyota Yaris 3-door Hatchback: Sticker price in Canada for a 3-door sport model, fully loaded is $18,861 Canadian funds. Sticker price for the EXACT SAME model in the US is $14,599 Canadian funds. Holy taking it up the ass, batman! $4,200 difference. After EVERYTHING (taxes, duty, etc) is taken into account, it's still a $3,000 difference between the Canadian and US prices. But, the Yaris is a small car.. yeah, I want a small car. Seriously, why do I need a big honkin' car? I live in the city, I drive in the city, parking is tight, I hate parallel parking anyway... it's VERY fuel efficient. It just makes sense. #2: 2008 Scion xD New for 2008 (supposedly hitting the markets next month), and only available in the US, is the Scion xD, replacement to the Scion xA. Not to be confused with the ugly as balls Scion xB. Since the xD isn't available in Canada (the reason why, is we have a 5-door Yaris hatch, where the US doesn't), I can't give the difference between the Canadian and US prices, obviously. But I can tell you the price is $15,170 US for a FULLY LOADED xD. And it looks NICE. Check out the interior shots on the website. What a beautiful car, imo. Of course, the potential downside, is whether or not I can find a local Toyota dealership here who will work on it, since it isn't even sold here. Going to have to find out first. #3: 2007 Toyota Matrix Toyota calls it a sport wagon. It does kinda look a bit wagon-ish, but it also looks sporty and classy all at the same time. It's a much bigger car than the Yaris and Scion xD, meaning a lot more interior storage room and leg room and head room and everything else room. But again, it goes against what I originally wanted, a small car, even though there's many people who will still call the Matrix a small car (and I suppose they would be right). I'm really on the fence here, the Matrix is a hell of a lot more car, and still cheaper buying in the US than in Canada. How much cheaper? Well, sticker price on a fully loaded Matrix in Canada is about $21,705, versus $19,513 in the US. Not as big a difference as with the Yaris, but still enough of a difference to make the trip to the US worth it. So I'm really, really on the fence here. The Yaris is what I had originally wanted, mainly because it looked different from the norm, and looks fun to drive.. but lately around here I've been seeing Yarii popping out of the woodwork, they're everywhere. The Scion xD isn't much bigger than the Yaris, in fact I'm pretty sure they're nearly the same size. But it just looks friggin' awesome, and it would be something almost nobody around here would ever have seen before, let alone know what it was. It would have the uniqueness factor, which I like. If I find that the local Toyota dealers will work on the car, then I might just go for it... But then there's the Matrix, which is also a really nice looking car, with a lot more to it. It's more practical, let's say. But is practical what I need in my first car? So, what do you think?