Used 2008 Suzuki Reno

2008 Suzuki Reno
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Pros & Cons

  • Lengthy standard equipment list, affordable, abundant storage, long warranty coverage.
  • Below-average fuel economy, weak acceleration with automatic transmission, poor road manners, inconsistent quality.
Suzuki Reno years
Suzuki Reno for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

Though affordable, the 2008 Suzuki Reno is near the bottom of the list of subcompact hatchbacks due to its unrefined nature.

Vehicle overview

When Bruce Springsteen sang "one step up and two steps back" for his song, "One Step Up," he could have been referring to the 2008 Suzuki Reno. That is, if he had the ability to see into the future and suddenly had an interest in crooning about a Suzuki economy car instead of cool rides like a '69 Chevy with a 396 or a Pink Cadillac.

On paper, the Reno looks competitive. Indeed, it boasts a generous standard features list, a long warranty and a 127-horsepower engine, the latter one of the most potent in the class. But when equipped with the automatic transmission -- which is how most folks are going to equip their Renos -- Suzuki's least-expensive car suffers the double humility of mediocre performance along with so-so fuel efficiency. In fact, the Reno posts mileage numbers that are among the lowest of cars in its price range. Go with the manual gearbox and performance is respectable, though fuel mileage still lags behind the others. The Reno's sloppy reflexes and less than composed ride, along with noticeable wind noise at freeway speeds, are nothing to brag about either.

Although entry-level shoppers may be tempted by the Reno's pricing, which is about a grand under rivals such as the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa, we'd advise them to skip the 2008 Suzuki Reno and pony up for one of its superior competitors.

Suzuki Reno models

The 2008 Suzuki Reno is a four-door hatchback that essentially comes in one trim level. Standard Reno features include heated side mirrors, air-conditioning (with cabin air filtration), tilt steering wheel, full power accessories and a four-speaker CD/MP3 audio system.

An optional Convenience Package adds an automatic transmission, remote keyless entry, steering-wheel audio controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, cruise control and security alarm.

2008 Highlights

Other than the audio system being downgraded from eight speakers to four, the Suzuki Reno sees no changes for 2008.

Performance & mpg

The Reno comes with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder generating 127 hp and 131 pound-feet of torque. Paired with the standard five-speed manual transmission, it performs decently. The available four-speed automatic shifts smoothly, but its lackluster response dulls performance.

Adding insult to injury is less than average fuel efficiency. Manual Renos rate 20 mpg city and 28 highway, while the automatic rates 19/28, respectively. Most rivals achieve anywhere from 5 to 8 mpg better.


Front side-impact airbags and four-wheel disc brakes are standard. Antilock brakes are optional. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the 2008 Suzuki Reno earned an "Acceptable" (second-highest) rating for frontal-offset crash protection.


Equipped with the manual gearbox, 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 2008 Suzuki Reno also comes up lacking in ride quality, as its soft suspension allows too much movement over bumps and ruts. Handling around corners is loose and unsure too, as there's excessive body roll while economy tires afford minimal grip. One bright spot is 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 that struggles too much to keep up with more evolved, well-rounded competitors.


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. Folks 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.

Cargo capacity is less than 9 cubic feet with the rear seat up, but thanks to the hatchback architecture, opens up to a much more accommodating 45 cubic feet with the seat folded.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Suzuki Reno.

5 star reviews: 33%
4 star reviews: 67%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 6 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • ride quality
  • value
  • warranty
  • engine
  • wheels & tires
  • handling & steering
  • road noise
  • doors
  • comfort
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • spaciousness
  • interior
  • fuel efficiency
  • transmission
  • maintenance & parts

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.25 out of 5 stars, Better than experts say it is

I just purchased this vehicle but thought it odd there were no reviews from users on this vehicle (expert reviews are unkind). It truly is a bargain and drove every bit as well as a Ford Focus. Yes it is basic but for $240 a month for 60 months and 0 down how can you go wrong especially with the warranty this manufacturer offers. We all are facing some realities with gas prices escalating and while the given mileage specs aren't overly impressive most people are getting better than posted mileage. The interior is very nice a pleasent surprise This is the first time I have considered a compact car and I will be ok with this. I didn't feel silly in it and the Suzuki moniker adds intrigue

4 out of 5 stars, Practical with a small kick

I drive 90 miles a day and I get from 420 miles to 380 miles on a full tank of gas so the mileage is alright. Needs cruise but hey it's a good price on a car that get me to were I gotta go

4.625 out of 5 stars, fun small car

We bought this car with a sonata in mind but the price point was to much to pass up. Its peppy and quick for such a small engine. Plan to put on wheels, Cruise, tint and keyless with an alarm. Love it get lots of second looks in the parking lots. Put on a coat of turtle wax ice and it looks great. Only problem was pass seat airbag light but was resolved in one visit. 12k out the door cash and we are really happy with it! Lots of room for a small car and with some things like new wheels and tires maybe springs it will handle even better. Also try a k&n airfilter it will bump up the hp and gas mileage! Had a Suzuki motorcycle and this lives up to the name!

3.75 out of 5 stars, Great Buy

I bought this '08 Reno with 2,400 miles on it. It's my ride from home to work and back. This is the first small car that I have ever owned. I traded in my '98 Lumina (168k miles)and $5400 cash and drove it off the lot. So many of the reviews have been less than complimentary, but as an owner, I think this is a great little car. 3 year/36k mile bumper to bumper, a 100k powertrain warranty, and 24 hour roadside assistance. I don't like the fact there aren't many dealerships around for service concerns, but I have only had one issue with the airbag light staying on all the time. Remember that you get what you pay for. I bought a 4-cylinder automatic. I don't expect to keep up with a Vette!

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Features & Specs

4dr Hatchback features & specs
4dr Hatchback
2.0L 4cyl 4A
MPG 19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
127 hp @ 5600 rpm

4dr Hatchback features & specs
4dr Hatchback
2.0L 4cyl 5M
MPG 20 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
127 hp @ 5600 rpm

4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package features & specs
4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package
2.0L 4cyl 4A
MPG 19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
127 hp @ 5600 rpm

4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package features & specs
4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package
2.0L 4cyl 5M
MPG 20 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
127 hp @ 5600 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Suzuki Reno a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2008 Reno both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Suzuki Reno fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Reno gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Reno has 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Suzuki Reno. Learn more

Is the Suzuki Reno reliable?

To determine whether the Suzuki Reno is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Reno. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Reno's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2008 Suzuki Reno a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2008 Suzuki Reno is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2008 Reno is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2008 Suzuki Reno?

The least-expensive 2008 Suzuki Reno is the 2008 Suzuki Reno 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $13,839.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $14,939
  • 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $13,839
  • 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package (2.0L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $15,349
  • 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package (2.0L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $14,339
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What are the different models of Suzuki Reno?

If you're interested in the Suzuki Reno, the next question is, which Reno model is right for you? Reno variants include 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package (2.0L 4cyl 4A), and 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package (2.0L 4cyl 5M). For a full list of Reno models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2008 Suzuki Reno

Used 2008 Suzuki Reno Overview

The Used 2008 Suzuki Reno is offered in the following submodels: Reno Hatchback. Available styles include 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 4A), 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package (2.0L 4cyl 4A), and 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience Package (2.0L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2008 Suzuki Reno?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2008 Suzuki Reno and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2008 Reno 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2008 Reno.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2008 Suzuki Reno and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2008 Reno featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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