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2007 Suzuki Reno Hatchback

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Suzuki Reno Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 127 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Suzuki Reno

  • Though affordable, the 2007 Suzuki Reno's unrefined nature puts it near the bottom of the list of subcompact hatchbacks.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Lengthy standard equipment list, affordable, abundant storage, long warranty coverage.

  • Cons

    Below-average fuel economy, weak acceleration with automatic transmission, poor road manners, inconsistent quality.

  • What's New for 2007

    The only change this year is the addition of a tire-pressure monitor.

Full 2007 Suzuki Reno Review

What's New for 2007

The only change this year is the addition of a tire-pressure monitor.


A recent addition to the Suzuki lineup, the Reno is a subcompact hatchback. This type of vehicle, which typically promises high fuel economy, affordability and value, has enjoyed a recent resurgence as more automakers have come out with new models to take advantage of higher fuel prices and changing consumer tastes. In most regards, the 2007 Suzuki Reno is an OK vehicle to drive and own, but newer competitors have certainly upstaged it in the areas of handling and refinement.

Under the hood of the Reno rests a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 127 horsepower. Power is certainly adequate with the manual transmission, but the car feels underpowered with the available automatic. Ironically, fuel economy is not a strong point of this engine either -- the Reno posts mileage numbers that are among the lowest of cars in its price range. Ride and handling dynamics are another weak spot, as the Reno exhibits sloppy reflexes and a less composed ride than some competitors. Wind noise can be a bit excessive at times when cruising on the highway, too.

On paper, the 2007 Suzuki Reno hatchback appears to be a decent value -- and it might arguably be for some entry-level shoppers. Its interior is spacious and it has a lot of standard features. But overall there are too many faults. We suggest shoppers looking for an inexpensive hatchback skip the Reno and check out vehicles like the Honda Fit, Kia Rio5 or Nissan Versa.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The well-equipped 2007 Suzuki Reno four-door hatchback is available in one trim level with a few major options. Standard Reno features include a tire-pressure monitoring system, four-wheel independent/coil spring suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, heated side mirrors, air-conditioning with cabin air filtration, tilt steering wheel, powered accessories and an eight-speaker CD/MP3 audio system. ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution is offered as an option, as is a Convenience Package that adds an automatic transmission, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel audio controls, leather-wrapped wheel and shift lever, cruise control and security alarm. Even with the uptown Convenience group, Suzuki's suggested retail price for a loaded Reno is still under $15,000.

Powertrains and Performance

The Reno comes with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder generating 127 hp and 131 pound-feet of torque. When hooked up to the standard five-speed manual transmission, it performs decently; a smooth but leisurely shifting four-speed automatic is optional, but is destined for little praise except among the hardcore commuting community. For them, unfortunately, fuel economy is below average for the compact segment -- depending on transmission, the EPA-estimated ratings are just 22-23 mpg/city and 30-31 mpg/highway.


Front side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes and a tire-pressure monitor are standard. Antilock brakes are optional. Rear-seat passengers get a complete set of head restraints and three-point belts. In independent IIHS crash testing, the 2007 Suzuki Reno fared well, with an "Acceptable" (second-highest) rating for frontal-offset crash protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

In an effort to spice things up a bit inside, Reno designers installed an attractive set of gauges surrounded by metallic accents which extend to the rest of the dash and console areas. Unfortunately, there's still too much cheap gray plastic everywhere else. Those with lots of stuff will enjoy a multitude of storage compartments, and drivers looking to get more comfortable will appreciate the Reno's highly adjustable driver seat. In back, passengers are treated to competitive leg- and shoulder room, along with a fold-down center armrest to rest their elbows. Cargo capacity is less than 9 cubic feet with the rear seat up, but opens up to a much more accommodating 45 cubic feet with the seat folded.

Driving Impressions

When it's equipped with the manual gearbox, our editors find the Reno has little difficulty merging or keeping up in traffic. However, when this little Suzuki is saddled with the available automatic transmission, acceleration weakens considerably and most maneuvers take some planning. And compared with other budget-priced hatchbacks, the 2007 Suzuki Reno also comes up lacking in ride quality -- while striving for comfort, its soft suspension allows too much movement over bumps and ruts. Handling around corners is loose and unsure too, as the hardware allows excessive body roll while cheap rubber exerts minimal grip. One bright spot are its four-wheel disc brakes, which provide short stopping distances despite a slightly spongy pedal. Overall, however, we find the Suzuki Reno to be a compromised role player struggling a bit too much to keep up with more evolved, well-rounded competitors.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Lousy car

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Reno 4dr Hatchback w/ABS (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

This car is riddled with electrical and sensor problems. Had to get them to replace the headlights. Very bad acceleration and shifting. Probably the worst car I've ever had. It's my fault I didn't do enough research on this car. It was inexpensive and fun to drive but now I'm already really wanting to trade this piece of crap in for a mazda 3 hatchback. Which I should have bought in the first place. TRUST ME DO NOT BUY THIS CAR YOU WILL NOT DRIVE IT!

Should have had recalls

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Reno 4dr Hatchback w/ABS (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I bought mine new and have always had an issue with it having gaps in acceleration. Dealer said nothing wrong. Clutch worn very fast 35 k or so. Dealer said I had to replace I still have not 142 k. My major problem is it has always had poor gas mileage and codes it is not running effiecient. I have replaced the throttle body and sensor since you can't get just the sensor, O2 sensors, plugs wires etc. It has had all normal and regular maintenence. The "gaps" are getting worse and it is not an automatic. The automatic ones just shift gears at any time. No problems with these have ever been a recall. I owned a KIA before and never had any issues. I can see why these cars are gone !

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Reno 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

My quarrel is not with the car, which is built in Korea by Daewoo, but with the service and treatment of the Suzuki dealers. I have only had two issues with this car in 45,000 miles, but the last one was the last straw. I was charged $278 to fix a defective $45 electronic sensor. I watched the mechanic take 15 minutes, but they charged me 45 minutes labor. I told them what was wrong, internet supported common problem, and they charged me an additional $100 to diagnose it. I am trying to unload the car now and I would caution EVERYONE away from Suzuki cars. They dowble talk you with big warranties for which you still have to pay if the engine or trans do not fail completely. Stay Away!

Manual transmission

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Reno 4dr Hatchback w/ABS (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I am not happy at all with the transmission in this car. I am already repairing the clutch. the transmission has too much play and is very finicky with RPM to get a shift at the right time for "economy" I have always driven stick shifts. I have 48,000 on the car right now, as I commute a good distance to work. Would not be my choice again. I miss my KIA !!!!

Great car

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Reno 4dr Hatchback w/ABS (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my car in April of 07 when I got it it was bone stock I got the blue metallic I've since added 18'wheels intake, exhaust, chip, bigger injectors and ported and polished the intake. Have not had one issue with this car and im a abid street racer I keep up with evos and sti's this is awesome grand stock its very slow but for the money u get lots of standard features **** the Ford Focus there base modek car has crank handles to roll up the Windows. To bad they they dont make the Reno or forenza anymore I think Suzuki was dumb for recalling them.

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Pleasantly surprised

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Reno 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I recently purchased a 5spd Reno (46K) for a commuter. I drive 90 miles round trip to work, about 90% interstate. The car is better than expected. The editor reviews seem to be a bit harsh. The ride is good, pretty quiet, handling is OK, peppy engine with the 5 spd, no problems merging etc.The standard features are way above the economy class norm. The mpg has been close to advertised, I have ranged between 26-28.5 mpg with an average 25% city 75% hwy driving. Hwy speeds between 70-77 mph. If you are looking for max mpg, look elsewhere, the Reno offers a pretty good package at the current used prices, shop around and get one at trade-in value and you will have a good 1st car or commuter.

Talk About The 2007 Reno

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In 2007 and 2008, the Forenza and Reno made up the bulk of both years sales. Even though they both sold better than any other Suzuki models, they were Daewoo-built Korean piles of CRAP and they only ...

(very smooth, well-equipped), the 2006 Suzuki Reno (nice car, but it has bad reviews), the 2007 Saturn Ion (average car, nothing special, but nothing bad). So I got it down to the Versa and the Reno...

My opinion? If the Reno was a pure Suzuki product, meaning it was manufactured by Suzuki in either Japan or Hungary I would say definitely to go with it. Seeing that both the Reno and Forenza are manu...

Gas Mileage


  • 19
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  • 28
  • highway
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