2009 Suzuki SX4 Long-Term Road Test


2009 Suzuki SX4: Parting Shots

April 01, 2010

PartingShots_02.jpgSX4 ps.jpgOur 2009 Suzuki SX4 is gone. Read the wrap up and then come back and see our parting shots, and don't forget to add your own!

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 20,174 miles

If the Italians were still doing business in the U.S., the cars would be just like this Suzuki. And I mean that in a good way.

Michael Jordan
Executive Editor, Edmunds.com

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"Hey Mike, the SX4 has a check engine warning light on."
--Check the gas cap.
"Hey Mike, the SX4 has a brake warning light on."
--Top off the brake fluid.
"Hey Mike, the SX4 has an airbag warning light on."
--That part is on order.
"Hey Mike, the airbag warning light is on again."
--That part is still on order.
"Hey Mike, the SX4 has a headlight warning light on."
--That's because your headlights are on.
"Hey Mike, with all these warning lights, has the SX4 ever broken down or left anybody stranded?"
--Nope.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager

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Techno toys alone can't make a terrible car great, but they can make an otherwise mediocre car much better. Just knowing the SX4 had navigation and hands-free telephone technology made it easy to grab the keys for a weekend.

Karl Brauer, Editor-in-Chief, Edmunds.com

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Am I the only person on staff who liked the Suzuki SX4? It had its issues but I thought it was cute and practical. It had good visibility, a helpful and removable navigation system, clear and easy-to-use climate controls, comfortable cloth seats. It was nice.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


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"If there was ever a car that truly needed another 50 horsepower, our SX4 was it."

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

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This was a stout little AWD runabout that seems tailor-made for members of the just-married set who must deal with snow in winter. Well built and functional, the only thing it really lacked was decent power and a full-coverage dealer network. The former has been improved for 2010, but the latter probably limit the SX4's appeal to specific geographic hot-spots.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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Voted "Vehicle Interior Most Likely To Retain Fast Food Smell."

Kelly Toepke, News Editor, Edmunds.com

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"Likeable but not game-changing. That pretty much sums up my feelings on the SX4. It was better than our long-term Ford Focus but not as likeable as our long-term Honda Fit. A 2010 SX4 with a manual transmission, a different color and SportBack suspension tuning would be noticeably more fun to drive I think."

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor, Edmunds.com

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I didn't fit in it. So I didn't drive it.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor, Edmunds.com

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