2004 Suzuki Verona Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Smooth inline six-cylinder engine, generous features list for the price, nice interior touches, strong warranty.
  • Generic looks, marginal output for six-cylinder engine, no side airbags.

It may have a great warranty and a solid list of standard features, but this new Suzuki is no match for the established class leaders.

2004 Highlights

The four-door, five-passenger Verona is an all-new midsize sedan in the Suzuki lineup. With a standard six-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and ample passenger and cargo room, it's designed to go head-to-head with class-leading vehicles like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the Used 2004 Suzuki Verona.

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3.25 out of 5 stars
Guess it's still a Daewoo
Juan,05/11/2008
S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
I purchased the Verona back in 2004 brand new and I was ecstatic. It looked great, rode well, and was incredibly smooth. I was always complimented on how good-looking the car was and how nice the interior appeared. And even now I still like the Verona, it's just the reliability that is complete crap. I've had issues with the 02 sensors, bearings, and now the engine has problems with the fuel injectors. At about 11,000 miles the whole transmission had to be replaced and it's now beginning to act up again. The car isn't worth the headache. And it's a shame because Suzuki could've had a hit.
4 out of 5 stars
The Beast with Faults
geneo,07/25/2010
S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
The Engine will pass most anything in and out of its class [I used to own an audi turbo] at the front end it has a hesitation. The suspension is too soft and will need to be replaced too soon [100k]. The electrical/indicator system is not the best[my check engine light has been on and off for over 100k and my millage has not changed since day one, and the dealers cannot give me a ration explanation. Car has 150k miles and stops on a dime and has bailed me out of several nasty braking situations!
4 out of 5 stars
Must be the first one!
Lau,08/26/2003
EX 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
Just buy this one yesterday....maybe the first one...only 6 arrived from port. This was a reservation. Best car for the price. wow!! features!! good motor. Alas, a good fuel drinker. RELIABILIY unknown
4.88 out of 5 stars
2004 Verona EX
Ladyb,03/16/2009
EX 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
I love this vehicle, I did have an issue with it stalling on me, however, my dealer, especially the service dept go above and beyond to correct the problem. They make sure each time it is there whether for inspection of general maintenance, that they check the whole vehicle.

Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable

More about the 2004 Suzuki Verona
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Your heart is telling you to buy a car with leather seats, ABS, a sunroof and a six-cylinder engine. But your wallet is telling you that you have to stay under $20,000. What's a buyer to do?

Well, you can try the 2004 Suzuki Verona. You might find everything you need without breaking your budget. Or, you might decide to stick with a less feature-laden Accord or Camry. Although the Verona is new to the American market, it's already sold as the Daewoo Magnus in other parts of the world. Now the largest car in Suzuki's lineup, the Verona has many touches that may draw the attention of the shopper trying to strike a balance between quality and economy. Not to mention the fact that a six-cylinder engine is standard on all three trim levels. While this family sedan doesn't really break any new ground, either in styling or feature content, it does provide a less expensive alternative to the ubiquitous Accord and Camry or even the current-generation Altima.

In case you haven't noticed, Suzuki has decided to go head-to-head against top Japanese manufacturers Honda and Toyota in several of the most competitive segments. Spearheading this drive is the introduction of the midsize Verona. Next up is the compact Forenza which will compete against lower-line Civics and Corollas, while the better-equipped, more powerful Aerio takes on the more expensive economy sedans and wagons. Several more new vehicles will follow in the near future. Supporting these new offerings will be a revamped look to Suzuki dealerships across the country. And, of course, beaucoup advertising bucks to keep the new products in front of your face.

One of the Verona's main selling points is its standard 155-horsepower, inline six-cylinder engine. The all-aluminum, dual-overhead cam, 24-valve, 2.5-liter power plant also generates 177 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, giving it a nice kick off the line.

Suzuki spokesmen were quick to point out that the transverse mounting of the engine creates two key benefits. First, it allows for a wider track (61 inches for the front and 60 inches for the rear) which provides better handling. Also, with the engine moved forward, it opens up more cabin room for the passengers. Additionally, the engine uses a timing chain which requires no changing or maintenance for the life of the car and thus will cut service costs.

The front-wheel-drive Verona uses a standard computer-controlled four-speed automatic transmission; no manual gearbox is available. The computer learns the style of the driver and matches the shifts accordingly to maximize the engine's performance.

The Verona offers more leg- and shoulder room than its competition, providing 37.8 inches of rear legroom versus 36.8 in the Accord and 36.2 in the Optima. Front shoulder room is 57.3 in the Verona as opposed to 56.1 in the Accord and 56.9 in the Optima. In fact, the interior feels roomy, though not noticeably more so than other cars in this segment.

What is noticeable are the quality touches. The dark wood grain panels on the center stack and the doors provide a luxury feel that is unexpected in this price range. The chrome plate around the leather-wrapped shift knob is another nice touch. There is also an assortment of storage spaces, and cupholders are provided throughout the cabin. The sound system not only offers an in-dash six-disc CD changer but invites you to break your cassettes out of storage and give them a listen. Deeply recessed gauges have attractive white-facing and are luminescent at night. The plastics are generally pleasing to the touch and of high quality. The grab handles and storage doors are damped providing a solid feel. In general, build quality seems high, and some finishing touches instill the feeling that Suzuki has gone the extra mile.

The exterior styling of the Verona, while pleasant enough, lacks a strong point of view. Penned by Italdesign in Turin, Italy, it seems aimed at the broadest possible spectrum of buyers with styling cues that remind us of many different — though attractive — midsize cars. However, if Suzuki is making a big move, it would seem to follow that it would want to design a real attention-getter. On the other hand, the Verona's dignified lines will age gracefully and may, in the long run, outlast the trendier looks of some current favorites. Certain colors suit the design especially well, so if you are shopping for this car be sure to consider all the options.

The Verona is offered in three trim levels: the base S, the midlevel LX and the top-of-the-line EX. The S, which starts at $16,999, has 15-inch wheels, power windows and door locks, heated mirrors, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, keyless entry, an alarm system, a tilt steering wheel, a six-way adjustable driver seat, air conditioning, a six-speaker stereo with a CD/cassette player and floor mats. Antilock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution are an option on the S model.

Step up to the LX, with a base sticker price of $18,299, and get automatic climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels and ABS. The top-of-the-line Verona EX, starting at $19,999, will get you a power sunroof, heated leather seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat. Traction control is an option on the EX.

Clearly there are a lot of nice features and the price is easy on the budget. But what does it feel like on the open road? Surprisingly, the Verona is tight and solid and backs up its quality look with a quality feel.

At a dead stop, the inline six does indeed idle smoothly with little vibration. When driving in city traffic, there is strong low-speed acceleration and smooth power delivery. The automatic transmission's shifts are crisp and certain. The Verona offers adequate acceleration for most types of driving. However, more aggressive drivers who like to make sudden midrange maneuvers — mashing the accelerator and veering into the passing lane — might be disappointed in the passing power of this six-cylinder engine. The limits of a four-speed transmission further reduce the midrange acceleration, whereas a five-speed automatic would have given the engine that much more to work with. Remember too that, although it is a six, it's only 155 horsepower, which is about what most four-cylinder motors make in this segment.

A Suzuki representative told us that the suspension was intentionally softened to meet the tastes of the North American marketplace (in Europe, the company will sell a Verona with a stiffer suspension and a four-cylinder engine). Despite the comfy ride, the Verona's handling was still very acceptable. The steering wasn't overly quick, which will probably match most freeway driving conditions. The car leans in tight corners but isn't at all sloppy. The brake pedal on our test car clicked when pressed (perhaps the activation of the brake light), but the pedal travel was just right and the car tracked straight to a smooth stop.

Taking a look at the competition, we find that the Verona, in LX trim, is indeed less expensive than a comparable Accord, Altima, Camry, Mazda 6 or Passat. The 2004 Hyundai Sonata LX is only $300 more. However, the Suzuki's 7-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty is topped by Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty.

If low price is a big factor in a buyer's decision, the Verona is an attractive choice. But there are other positives as well, including a clean styling, a smooth six-cylinder engine and the feeling of quality in all the details. In this category Suzuki scores well with the Verona. But then again, only a test-drive will decide for sure.

Used 2004 Suzuki Verona Overview

The Used 2004 Suzuki Verona is offered in the following submodels: Verona Sedan. Available styles include EX 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A), S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A), and LX 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A). Pre-owned Suzuki Verona models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 155 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2004 Suzuki Verona comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic. The Used 2004 Suzuki Verona comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 7 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Should I lease or buy a 2004 Suzuki Verona?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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