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2011 Suzuki SX4

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Suzuki SX4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission CVT Automatic
  • Horse Power 148 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2011 Suzuki SX4

  • While the 2011 Suzuki SX4 still remains a good value, a number of newer and more enticing compact sedan and hatchback competitors make it harder to recommend.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Hatchback model's low-cost AWD system; generous cargo capacity; long powertrain warranty; navigation system standard on higher trim levels.

  • Cons

    Awkward driving position; so-so cabin materials; limited fuel range of AWD model; dizzying array of trim levels.

  • What's New for 2011

    All 2011 Suzuki SX4 models receive rear seat side-impact airbags and new larger rear head restraints, while the available navigation system has been enhanced with Garmin's latest software and now includes previously extra-cost infotainment features like real-time traffic. A new Anniversary Edition LE model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, keyless entry and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Full 2011 Suzuki SX4 Review

What's New for 2011

All 2011 Suzuki SX4 models receive rear seat side-impact airbags and new larger rear head restraints, while the available navigation system has been enhanced with Garmin's latest software and now includes previously extra-cost infotainment features like real-time traffic. A new Anniversary Edition LE model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, keyless entry and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.


If we were to sum up Suzuki's approach to its 2011 SX4, it'd pretty much be "bang-for-the-buck." To help the SX4 sedan and four-door hatchback stand out in an overcrowded compact category, the company has loaded most models up with plenty of standard features and upscale options, including automatic climate control, heated seats, a navigation system, all-wheel drive and even rear-seat side airbags. Add a powerful engine and an affordable MSRP that can be thousands less than some of its competitors and you have a rather tempting package.

Of course, both SX4 sedans and hatchbacks have their downsides. The tall seating position may be friendly for shorter drivers or those yearning for some semblance of an SUV-like view of the road, but taller drivers may lament the lack of legroom and a telescoping steering wheel. The SX4 sedan lacks stability control, which is a must-have safety feature, while all models have an interior that's starting to look and feel old compared to newer subcompacts.

While those negatives haven't been enough to turn us off in the past, the recent arrival of several excellent new competitors does make the 2011 Suzuki SX4 somewhat less attractive. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is more rewarding to drive and comes with unique high-tech features. The 2011 Honda Fit is a versatility and passenger space champ, while the Kia Soul is a funky alternative to them all. One can also consider a size class up, with models like the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, 2011 Hyundai Elantra and all-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza. But if your priority is getting a lot of car for a little dough, the SX4 is worth a look.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 is a compact car available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. The sedans and the "Sportback" version of the hatchback are front-wheel-drive only, while the "Crossover" hatchback is only offered with all-wheel drive.

The SX4 sedan is broken down into base, LE, Anniversary Edition, Sport S, Sport SE and Sport GTS trim levels. The base model comes with 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, a trip computer, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks and a tilt-only steering wheel. The LE adds air-conditioning and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. The new Anniversary Edition is the best equipped of the LE models with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and audio controls.

The SX4 Sport S starts with all the standard features found on the midrange LE sedan and then grafts on a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, an aero body kit, keyless entry and an integrated Garmin navigation system with real-time traffic and other live information. The SE adds the LE Anniversary Edition's extra equipment plus front foglights. The top-of-the-line GTS model adds keyless entry/starting, automatic climate control, Bluetooth (optional on the other Sport trims) and an upgraded seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer. Keyless ignition/entry is optional on the GTS.

The SX4 Sportback is available in two trim levels that include essentially the same equipment as the Anniversary Edition LE sedan, with the exception of the CVT. The differences between the Sportback base model and the Tech version are small, with the Tech getting a larger rear spoiler and the navigation system.

The SX4 Crossover comes in base, Premium and Tech Value Package. The base model starts with the midrange LE sedan's standard features and adds all-wheel-drive, 16-inch steel wheels and a roof rack. The Premium trim adds the CVT, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The Technology Value package includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, foglights and the navigation system. Bluetooth is optional.

Powertrains and Performance

Power for all Suzuki SX4 models comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. It's connected to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. When paired to the CVT, the engine's output drops slightly to 148 hp. All SX4s are front-wheel drive except for the Crossover hatchback, which is only offered with all-wheel drive.

EPA fuel economy estimates for the SX4 range from 25 mpg city/32 highway and 28 mpg combined for the base sedan with the CVT (23/33/26 with the manual) down to 23/29/25 for the all-wheel-drive Crossover with the CVT (22/30/25 with the manual). These aren't as high as some other subcompacts, but are pretty good considering the SX4's greater horsepower.


Every 2011 Suzuki SX4 comes with front- and rear-seat side airbags and head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers. Stability control is standard on Sportback and Crossover models but isn't offered as an option on the sedans. Antilock brakes with brake assist are standard, but the base and LE get rear drums rather than four-wheel discs.

While the SX4 hasn't been rated using the government's new 2011 crash testing procedure, 2010 frontal crash test ratings (which aren't comparable to the new tests) were four stars (out of five) for driver and passenger protection. In side impact tests, the SX4 earned five stars for the driver. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the SX4 earned the top rating of "Good" in both frontal-offset and side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The interior of the 2011 Suzuki SX4 is a study in simplicity. The quality of the interior materials is starting to feel rather cheap compared to newer competitive models, but the gauges are easy to read and the controls are intuitive to operate. The available navigation system looks like a bit of an afterthought and uses a smallish screen, but the Garmin interface should be familiar to many people, and it comes with traffic updates and other real-time information.

Despite a generous amount of headroom, a tall seating position and the lack of a telescoping steering column can make it difficult to get comfortable behind the wheel. If there's one place the SX4 excels, it's in cargo capacity. Hatchback models boast a healthy 54 cubic feet of cargo room with both sections of the 60/40-split rear seatback folded forward. Sedan versions also offer abundant trunk space, with 15 cubic feet of cargo room -- as much as some midsize sedans -- and split-folding rear seats that allow longer items to extend into the passenger cabin.

Driving Impressions

With 150 horses under the hood, the 2011 Suzuki SX4 looks good on paper. The reality, however, is that the car's relatively hefty curb weight minimizes whatever advantage the 2.0-liter engine might have to offer. Most versions offer a firm but comfortable ride quality. The firmer suspensions underpinning models with Sport in their name produce better handling, albeit with a slightly harsher ride. Even so, the lack of steering feel limits how much fun you'll get out of a spirited drive. One other negative to note is that the SX4 Crossover's smaller fuel tank reduces the car's range, meaning you'll be filling up more frequently than you're probably used to.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

Suzuki does not stand behind

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Vehicle: 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Technology Pkg (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

I bought a 2011 Suzuki Sx4 new in 2012 I kept noticing a sweet chemical smell whenever the air conditioner or defrost was being used. I contacted my Suzuki dealer and they said they had dealt with this problem with other Suzuki's and thought it was related to the vapor coming back into the vent so they ran the hose to a different area and said it should be fixed. The next time I drove the car and used the air conditioner the antifreeze smell was there again. I contacted Suzuki and they said that they had done all they could and sent me to Arbitration. Suzuki told Arbitration that the car was working as designed and they said there was nothing more that they would do for me .

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

Fun all-weather crossover commuter

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Vehicle: 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

My sx-4 crossover has the 6-speed MT, the first 6 speed I have had - and I really enjoy having that extra gearing for high speed interstates. My normal commute is 55 miles each way and its mostly in 5th gear. The fuel economy is much better than claimed. I usually get 31-32 mpg commuting using E10 fuel but a little better now with the AC off. I got a high of 35.7 on an interstate trip with ethanol-free fuel. I have the base model with nothing that I don't want. The base model lacks cruise control and I am fine with that. I prefer to have features that I'll actually use. I didn't realize until I drove it home just how great the visibility is on this car - great for merging to the right!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

Love it!

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Vehicle: 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Premium 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

Overall, the Suzuki SX4 Crossover has to be one of the most underrated cars on the market and a terrific value. This car was a few thousand dollars less than a comparably priced Subaru Impreza or Toyota Matrix. The looks inside and out won't blow you away but are more than adequate. This car handles well, is fun to drive, and has a smooth quiet ride.I am currently averaging about 26.5 MPG combined city and highway. One of the biggest complaints that I consistently read about from other owners was the quality of the radio. Initially, I agreed but later found that the radio bass and treble controls were set to zero. Once that was corrected the sound quality was much improved. I love my Suzuki!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

9th suzuki product and going

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Vehicle: 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Technology Pkg (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

I have owned other vehicles and dollar for dollar Suzuki rocks the things that are important to me, reliability, safety and great gas mileage. We have a SX4 Crossover and an Xl7 currently and total cost of ownership per year, including insurance and maintenence is less than 1200.00 for both of them. They have the highest safety ratings in their class and I never have to do anything but wiper blades, tires and brake pads, ever. I recommend Suzuki for Colorado driver's who investigate and find the best car for their money

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Is there a higher selection

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Vehicle: 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Technology Pkg (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

I purchased my SX4 AWD for zipping around town safely and to go up to my cabin in Big Bear on the weekends, in fact, when going up to the mountans, I don't have to place chains on the tires when snowing, saving me time and hassle. The All-Wheel-Drive system works perfectly!!! The car drives great, very comfortable seats that sit up high and give me a very secure feeling. And with 8 airbags, I'm very comfortable placing my family in the car. I did a lot of reserch before buying, based on the value, safety ratings, and Consumer Reports recommendation, my choice was very easy. I have nearly 60k miles on it and never had a problem other than routine maintenance.

41,497 of 41,526 people found this review helpful

Suzuki sx4 is a junk

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Vehicle: 2011 Suzuki SX4 Crossover 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Technology Pkg (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

This is a disposable car, spend a little extra for a better car! Dont make my mistake. with less then 100,000 miles I went through 4 sets of brakes, inner tie-rod, water pump, rear wheel assembly, 2 Catalytic Converter, O2 sensor. Ive never gotten better then 25 mpg.

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