December 18, 2009
Go ahead. Tell me what's going on in the back the SX4 in this photo. Because I'm yet to figure it out.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor
December 17, 2009
That's a gingerbread garage in the cargo area of our LT Suzuki SX4. I made it for our staff's holiday sweets extravaganza and needed to transport it to the office this morning. Last night, as I was plastering the tiny Farrah Fawcett poster to the interior wall with royal icing, it occurred to me that all the doodads I had painstakingly stuck on the thing might fall off during the ride to work. Or worse, it might just collapse alltogether (in which case, the plan would be to claim that it was a post-earthquake gingerbread garage.)
Would the SX4's ride be too bumpy? Should I have requested the 7 Series instead? Should I wrap the thing with blankets, strap it in with a seat belt, set it on a pile of mini marshmallows, walk the 7 miles to work holding the tray in my outstretched arms?
August 26, 2009
So Frank calls me yesterday and tells me that he's thinking about getting a Honda Fit. I ask if he is nuts.
Apparently the expense of commuting back and forth to the Valley in his Dodge Ram pickup is getting a little pricey, and he really admires the practicality of the Fit's interior packaging. You see, he wants to be able to carry an engine block when he has to.
That's because Ed Pink Racing Engines builds the Toyota inline-4 racing engine for USAC midgets, and the last time I was at the shop Frank also showed me a Toyota V8 NASCAR-spec engine, a turbocharged Ford-Cosworth V8 Indy-car engine (27 of them, in fact), a flat-12 for a Ferrari 512BB endurance racer, a V12 for the Jaguar XJR-5 IMSA GTP car, and the straight-8 from the first-ever Duesenberg passenger car of 1920. Hence the whole thing about carrying around engine pieces.
But I tell him that he doesn't want a Honda Fit.
The Fit is a brilliant car, but like me Frank has trouble with a driving position that's meant for Japan, a place where you don't often see an American-size guy with feet so smashed up from a couple of race car crashes (plus an unintended leap into a service station grease pit), that he's comfortable only in either cowboy boots or Simpson racing booties. If you like to drive with your legs outstretched as if you were in a racing cockpit, the Honda Fit is not for you.
When Frank suggests the Toyota Matrix as a possibility, I warn him off for the same reason.
Instead I suggest the Suzuki SX4. The same basic money buys you a far more comfortable people package, and the driving position is meant for those of the American-size persuasion. Plus you could carry not just one engine block, but maybe two.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 13,166 miles
June 12, 2009
I don't usually use cargo nets (unless the chasmal space of a trunk requires me to if I want to keep my eggs intact and my berries from scattering), mostly because the inevitable fumbling to find the net's opening makes me feel like an amateur vaudevillian looking for the split in the stage curtain.
May 26, 2009
Since the SX4 is Car of the Week, we thought we'd settle the slowly evolving rear-seat coverage in one fell swoop. Though a short vehicle, the SX4 provides some pretty sizable and versatile cargo capacity for its length, thanks to it split folding/flopping rear seats. The standard cargo cover and optional webbed cargo net ($24.95) are just icing on the stowage cake.
May 24, 2009
It may not be the quickest car in our fleet, but our all-wheel drive 2009 Suzuki SX4 will get you where you're going.
With 16 cubic feet of luggage space and maximum cargo capacity of 54 cu ft, it can carry a lot of stuff, too.
There have been mixed reviews on the paint color choice. But I happen to think it looks rather nice in Vapor Blue Metallic. And ours only cost $18,000 and some change with the Technology package.
In case you haven't guessed, our 2009 Suzuki SX4 is car of the week.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
May 22, 2009
News flash: The Suzuki SX4's rear seats fold and tumble to accommodate a stack of cardboard boxes. What I didn't realize (until after a two-hour drive home wherein the rear seats would rock forward and smack the front seat every time I stopped in stop-and-go traffic) is...
April 15, 2009
When I put in a request for a car with some cargo capacity to take to San Diego last night, I won't lie to you, the SX4 wasn't at the top of my list.
March 31, 2009
The Suzuki SX4 may not be sexy but it gets the job done. Grocery getting and commuting are handled with ease and the interior remains fairly quiet even on the freeway. I also like the cargo cover that keeps whatever you have behind the rear seats out of sight.
The weak point is the four automatic speed transmission - it needs a five speed. There's just too much hunting at about 40-45 miles per hour. It's especially bad in slow traffic - a little on the gas and it down, then upshifts EVERY TIME.
A base wagon with navigation (like ours) has a starting price of about $16,000. Add a five speed auto and I'd say get this 'zuki instead of a Honda Fit.
Brian Moody, Automotive Editor
March 10, 2009
I headed to the laundromat with our long-term 2009 Suzuki SX4 last night. Unlike our 2009 Honda Fit, it's not as practical for hauling stuff as its hatchback shape would lead you to believe. The reason? Its rear seats don't fold anywhere close to flat.
January 20, 2009
About two years ago I wrote a full test of the Suzuki SX4 and thought it was charming.
Well, it hasn't changed much for 2009. It could still use more power for its weight. Merging onto the freeway is less than spectacular. But once it gets going, it's fine. It's more than adequate for skipping around town running errands. And with the rear seats folded, you get 54 cubic feet of cargo space.
I think it's cute as hell, especially in Vapor Blue Metallic.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 2,244 miles