Used 1998 Suzuki Sidekick

1998 Suzuki Sidekick
List Price Estimate
$917 - $1,941

Pros & Cons

  • Cute, cuddly, and surprisingly capable mini-ute is great for around-town cruising or a jaunt to the lake.
  • Underpowered engines make the Sidekick breathe hard when climbing hills.
Suzuki Sidekick years
Suzuki Sidekick for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

Vehicle overview

Even folks who find it easy to fault small sport-utes run the risk of falling for a Sidekick--especially the convertible model. Neither a true truck nor a car, this mini SUV has created a niche that other manufacturers are rushing to capitalize on. The Chevrolet Tracker is basically identical, and the Kia Sportage and Subaru Forester are new competitors. Toyota introduced the RAV4 to do battle with the Sidekick, and Honda brought their CR-V over from Japan to do the same. Suzuki aims the Sidekick squarely at teens and 20-somethings, but older adventurers are likely to find it irresistible, too.

The Sidekick is available in two body styles and two series totaling three trim levels. Basic Sidekicks come with a frisky 16-valve, 95-horsepower engine in JS or JX trim. The JS is a two-wheel drive runabout; the JX is a four-wheel drive mountain goat. Convertible and four-door Hardtop models are available. Or you can opt for the Sport model, which is offered only with the four-door body style in JX, JS and JLX trim. Hallmarks of the Sport include a larger, more powerful twin-cam engine good for 120 horsepower, and a track that has been increased by two inches for increased stability and response. Sixteen-inch tires and wheels and a shiny grille set the Sport model even further apart from garden-variety Sidekicks.

Four-wheel antilock brakes are optional on Sidekick; standard on Sidekick Sport. Exclusive to the Sport is a 100-watt Alpine stereo system, cruise control (on the JLX only), security alarm system, power windows and locks, split-fold rear seat, remote fuel door release, cloth door trim, power remote mirrors, rear window wiper/washer and overhead map lights. The Sport also gets unique paint colors from which to select.

Frankly, we think that the plain-Jane base Sidekick is the best-looking vehicle. The two-tone paint and chrome-ringed grille make the Sidekick look like a little freckle-faced kid wearing an Armani suit. The monochromatic look of the base model, combined with the Sport's engine and track width, would be a hot setup -- too bad Suzuki doesn't see it that way.

1998 Highlights

A couple of new colors debut.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1998 Suzuki Sidekick.

5 star reviews: 20%
4 star reviews: 70%
3 star reviews: 10%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.1 stars based on 10 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • fuel efficiency
  • off-roading
  • driving experience
  • ride quality
  • doors
  • towing
  • spaciousness
  • engine
  • safety
  • comfort
  • maintenance & parts
  • value
  • acceleration
  • warranty
  • appearance
  • interior
  • climate control
  • emission system
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • transmission
  • road noise
  • wheels & tires

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.125 out of 5 stars, Fun little SUV

I originally bought my Sidekick to save some gas... But I have been driving it so much that I have not saved a dime yet.....! It is a fun, little nimble beast. It has a choppy ride on the road but, the 1.6 is peppy with the 5spd. Not a lot of critter comforts but the utility side is amazing. I fish a lot and the 4x4 , good ground clearance and it's small size allow me and my little boat to go places no one else can go. Stay away from the interstate with this guy, it's like riding a motorcycle out there. A great little car, manly enough to be seen in and is well made and tough... No repairs yet but I don't think it will be a problem thus far..... Don't be scared of the sidekick!

4.75 out of 5 stars, I Love My Suzuki
Anne M,

I can't tell you how happy I've been with my Sidekick. It has 98,000 miles on it and still starts right up! My car performance has always exceeded my highest expectations. I feel secure knowing that I have AWD whenever the need arises. This feature has pulled me out of my driveway even after the plow trucks have blocked the end of the driveway with massive piles of snow. Now that my daughter has her license, she has taken over driving the car. I know the Suzuki will give her many more years of excellent performance.

4 out of 5 stars, Reliable but costly to repair

I bought my Suzuki when it was 2 years old and it had just under 25000 miles on it. I now have 120,000 miles on it after about 6 1/2 years of driving. I have had few problems with it. This vehicle is very bad for rust and doesn't hold up well in places where salt is used on roads in the winter!!! They have NO resale value and Dealer parts are ridiculously expensive! You think that you are driving a Rolls when you buy parts. I am not kidding!!! They need to stop being so outrageously greedy when selling replacement parts. I went to the dealer once for a repair and told them I would never come back. I didn't. I shopped for after market parts where ever I could find them.

4.25 out of 5 stars, 1998 SUZUKI SIDEKICK 4DR SPORT JLX
Barry Alderman,


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Features & Specs

JS 2dr SUV w/Soft Top features & specs
JS 2dr SUV w/Soft Top
MPG 21 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
95 hp @ 5600 rpm

Sport JX 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Sport JX 4dr SUV 4WD
MPG 20 city / 23 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
120 hp @ 6500 rpm

Sport JLX 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Sport JLX 4dr SUV 4WD
MPG 20 city / 23 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
120 hp @ 6500 rpm

Sport JS 4dr SUV features & specs
Sport JS 4dr SUV
MPG 20 city / 23 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
120 hp @ 6500 rpm

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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 RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Suzuki Sidekick a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 1998 Sidekick both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Suzuki Sidekick fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sidekick gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 22 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Sidekick ranges from 21.0 to 8.1 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 Sidekick. Learn more
Is the Suzuki Sidekick reliable?
To determine whether the Suzuki Sidekick is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sidekick. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sidekick's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
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How much should I pay for a 1998 Suzuki Sidekick?

The least-expensive 1998 Suzuki Sidekick is the 1998 Suzuki Sidekick JX SE 2dr SUV 4WD. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

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    What are the different models of Suzuki Sidekick?
    If you're interested in the Suzuki Sidekick, the next question is, which Sidekick model is right for you? Sidekick variants include JS 2dr SUV w/Soft Top, Sport JX 4dr SUV 4WD, Sport JLX 4dr SUV 4WD, and Sport JS 4dr SUV. For a full list of Sidekick models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    Used 1998 Suzuki Sidekick Overview

    The Used 1998 Suzuki Sidekick is offered in the following submodels: Sidekick SUV. Available styles include JS 2dr SUV w/Soft Top, Sport JX 4dr SUV 4WD, Sport JLX 4dr SUV 4WD, Sport JS 4dr SUV, JX FLT 4dr SUV 4WD, JX 2dr SUV 4WD w/Soft Top, JX 4dr SUV 4WD, JS 4dr SUV, Sport JX SE 4dr SUV 4WD, and JX SE 2dr SUV 4WD.

    What do people think of the 1998 Suzuki Sidekick?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 1998 Suzuki Sidekick and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 1998 Sidekick 4.1 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 1998 Sidekick.

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    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 1998 Suzuki Sidekick and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 1998 Sidekick 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.

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