Can You Buy A Cadillac for Less in Canada than the US? Maybe

While thumbing through Cadillac’s Build and Price tool while waiting for coffee to brew this morning, as one does, we noticed something a little strange. The U.S. MSRP of the XT4 crossover and the Canadian MSRP were awfully close together. Really close together. Ok, the base Luxury trim in front-wheel drive was less dollars in the Great White North than it was in the U.S. of A. And that’s not taking into account the conversion rate that makes Canada’s blue, purple, red, and gold dollars worth about 40 percent less than the greenback.

Walk in to your Toronto Cadillac dealer and a base XT4 Luxury FWD will sticker for $34,400. The same crossover in Detroit stickers for $34,795. Opt for a more well-equipped Sport AWD and the Canadian sticker is $42,795. In the U.S., that’s $41,975. Not the same as the U.S. sticker’s $41,795, but a whole lot closer than you’d expect. And the equipment level seems to be the same. This isn’t some built-here so it’s cheaper thing, the XT4 is built in Kansas. Though to help even things out a bit, freight in the U.S. is $995, and $2,000 in Canada.

So what about other Cadillac models? Well, the trend doesn’t seem to continue. An XT5 is $44,795 to $41,695. Still a relative bargain, given the conversion, but new vehicle pricing doesn’t generally follow a straight dollar conversion. Pick up an Escalade, and the gap grows. The $87,495 base Canadian Escalade is $9,300 more than its American counterpart.

What about some other GM models? Like the Chevrolet Equinox? It’s built in Canada, after all. Nope, doesn’t hold up. It’s $26,700 in Canada and $25,900 in the States. And for some strange reason shipping is $1,795 to $1,195 in the US. That’s probably because most of the Continental US is closer to Toronto than Canada’s own coasts. It also excludes cash incentives, where Chevrolet USA is offering $1,500 off and Chevrolet Canada is offering nada.

Is there a point here? Well, maybe that if you want a GM crossover it might be in your interest to come north to buy it. Though that can have warranty implications since you’re buying it from a different corporate entity. But we thought that the cross-border pricing surprises were kinda weird. And neat.

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