I bought this car new in 2008 for $17,800, looking for a reliable vehicle with AWD. The car was great to me for the first 60k miles. At around 70k I had a rod knock, it turned out that my motor had slipped two bearings, I took it to the dealer(under warranty) and the job required an entirely new short block! I have owned 5 vehicles and have never thrown a bearing! The car hit 100k I had a broken slave cylinder so out of warranty this was a $1300 job (over 2000 at the dealer!), and at 106k my engine has a rod knock again! I will be trading it in tomorrow for a camry to avoid the $3,000 it would take to fix again. I will never buy a Suzuki again, and if you do, listen for the rod knock!
Visibility, but other than that I Can't think of any, it's a mediocre car, I didn't buy it to be blown away, I bought it to be reliable and in the end I didn't even get that.
Bigger gas tank, better quality speakers, needs a quieter cabin, better gas mileage. Stronger dealership support. Try not designing the car to give up after 100k miles!
I bought this for its mileage and 4 wheel drive ability.
Fell in love with all of it.
After 2 years of ownership I gave it to my son.
He puts a lot of miles on it and has to deal with heavy snow.
He loves it.
Get one before they are all gone.
I'd get the manual tranny.
Built quality is great.
Reliability has been Toyota-like.
Snow ability is great.
Mileage is about as good as it gets for 4WD.
It's nimble, stops well but could use a bit more horsepower.
More responsive engine (but I like the mileage so I don't complain too loudly here).
Body trim pops off easily up front.
Could be a little more secure.
The 2.0 liter engine with manual 5-speed is snappy and responsive. Drop it into 4th on the highway and you have plenty of passing power. On back roads, it clings to gravel and dirt, and it handles great in snow (assuming you actually know how to drive in snow). This car has walked through mud, snow, tall weeds, and easily navigates city streets (drove it through downtown Chicago with ease). The newer six-speeds lack the snap and downshifting is finicky, so I'll be keeping my 5-speed rather than trading up. Best car in its class, especially for the money.
The selectable drivetrain (FWD, AWD or 4WD).
The responsive 5-speed transmission shifts well both up and down; much better than the 6-speed in newer models.
It has more sure-footedness and handling in all situations, including dirt roads and snow, than the Rav4 and CRV (I have owned and driven all three). It is on par with the Forester.
Hatch wide enough to store optional crossbars (whether hauling kayaks or IKEA boxes ... ).
Less-sensitive/delicate tire sensors (often come one even when tires are inflated properly).
Better visibility between windshield and door window (the A-window is too small) -- rounding corners can cause blind spots.
I purchased this little car in June on 2008.
I drive from Maine to Boston to work over 160 miles at a time.
Thankfully I have never had a single problem with the car and I am on only my second set of tires with lots of tread to go.
I have put on one set of brake pads and done a lot of oil changes, but that is all.
Gas mileage is about 27mpg, but I must say I do not always follow the speed limits!
I just read with a different air filter it may increase my mpg, so I'm going to give it a try.
Great in the snow and reliable, low maintainance, and room enough for most everything but a sheet of plywood!! :)
No complaints here! (ok one, I wish the gas tank were bigger!)
I have always been an owner of a Nissan vehicle and I thought it was time for a change; that's where the Suzuki SX4 comes in!
I saw a picture of it on a local website and it had me intrigued from the start.
It's a very small vehicle compared to what I normally buy, but don't let the small size fool you.
I am six foot and I have plenty of room and do not feel cramped at all.
I live in a small populated area where the nearest city is thirty minutes away and I enjoy the ride every time, especially with how good the car is on gas and how smooth it rides.
The smooth driving of the vehicle definitely makes the long rides more enjoyable.
I can make sharp turns wit