There are better choices out there, unless you want AWD with traction and stability control and great gas mileage. What other AWD vehicle gets better than 24/30 mpg? 145 hp does not make this a sports car, but you can safely merge into traffic and keep up. In bad weather, you can pass almost everyone on the road. The list of features on the Sport model is impressive. At less than $17,000, I will not nitpick. I also own a 2006 Aerio SX Premium.
I've just gone an entire week with my new Suzuki SX4 and I can't be happier with the car! I love the styling, interior features and I keep finding little things here and there that are just so cool. I feel great about buying this car and everyone I've showed it to (and let sit in it and explore) makes the "Hmmm... maybe I need one of these" face. I can see about four more being on the road by the new year. The cost is fantastic for the 'amount of car' you get. I'm especially happy with the AWD on this car. I've not had to use it yet, but I feel confident it'll add to the many safety features.
We looked at Matrix, Yaris, Fit, and Versa and then saw ads for the SX4 with AWD. The value for the price is unbelievable! Even the base model has power locks/windows and ABS and for a fairly small price difference, the Sport model also has traction control, automatic climate control, cruise, and a 6 CD changer with more speakers. The keyless entry and start feature seems very high-end to have on such an economical car. We had not planned to purchase until spring, but when one was delivered exactly like we wanted we didn’t dare wait. I think this car will be “discovered” by a lot of buyers very soon and will become extremely scarce and in demand. It is such a good buy and such fun to drive!
We live in the mountains at Lake Tahoe and drive a lot through the snow and over the passes so we need a car with AWD, good gas mileage, and able to haul our gear around. We had all but decided to buy a Subaru - however we found out about the Suzuki SX4 and compared it very closely with the Impreza and found that the features were better in the SX4. The warranty much better (100,000 miles), the financing rate was lower, and the overall base price was about $4,000 less (plus it's pretty cool looking!). So far we've put about 1,000 miles on it and have really enjoyed the car. It drives well, has enough pep to make it up the mountain passes, is very comfortable, and has lots of interior space for a smaller car.
I've owned this car for a little over a week. It drives very well. The gas mileage is not as good as, say, the Toyota Yaris, but it's still better than a minivan. It doesn't accelerate as well as I would hope, for having one of the biggest engines of the cars I looked at, but that could improve as the engine breaks in. I feel a lot better knowing that I am driving a safer car, and the SX4 is completely Japanese-made. Overall, I'm happy with the 2007 Suzuki SX4, and if I find any big problems I'll tell you.
32-valves, DOHC, variable intake and exhaust timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
143 @ 5800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
136 @ 3500
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The SX4 features "same-day" acceleration. I can really feel the lack of torque in this engine as it struggles to get into the upper revs. The four-speed does it no favors either, as the gear spacing is rather wide.
While a 137-foot best is nothing to rave about, it feels better than the number it suggests. Pedal feel is better than some other subcompacts, and the ABS felt reasonably sophisticated (e.g., no humming or intermittent lock-ups).
With "Auto AWD" mode selected, the SX4 does a decent job of doing what it's told. There's good balance with moderate understeer and the steering weight is appropriately heavy. With "Auto AWD" mode selected, I was happily rewarded with a good amount of vehicle control through the throttle. Conversely, in FWD, lifting off the throttle while cornering merely exaggerated a tendency for oversteer. The best slalom run was in "Auto AWD," using both steering and throttle to rotate and plant the rear for each cone.