Suzuki's quirky little Aerio is not your ordinary economy car. Its tall roofline creates an enormous interior perfectly suited to tall drivers. Likewise, the high seating position creates generous legroom both front and rear. The Aerio offers another unique feature uncommon in this price range: All-wheel drive. While it's true that the
Subaru Impreza also fits this description, you'll need an extra $2,000 over the Aerio to afford one, and the Impreza's standard equipment list is not as robust. Unfortunately, the
wagon version is gone from the lineup, leaving the equally adept but less versatile
sedan. As a consolation prize, Suzuki arms the Aerio sedan with a standard seven-year/100,000-mile zero-deductible powertrain warranty.
"After having owned and paid HUGE prices for Volvos, BMWs,
Mercedes and Cadillac, decided to try this Suzuki Aerio SX,
AWD, after renting it on vacation over 5 years ago.
Glorious driving position,
has been ultra reliable (with regular recommended services,
of course), and full array of features not even available in some of those other MUCH more costly cars. This car is a go there, have fun en route sort of vehicle, and no complaints about quality!
One of the last still built in Japan for Suzuki, prior to their
going to the Daewoo manufacturer for the news ones!!
Tall in the saddle, gas sipper, GREAT in snow and ice here
in Seattle last winter . . . glided right past all the alleged
4 wheeler SUVs in ditches along the way . . . and a very
sure footed car on wet roads as well! A tad too low in
clearance for 'deep' snows, but otherwise, ideal in bad
weather! Have been getting mid-20s in city and mid-30s
highway on Regular fuel . . . no complaints with its frisky
performance, either. Overtakes everything without effort;
jets onto freeway ramps and merges like a dream.
Thank you, Suzuki, for the Aerio SX all wheel drive; only
regret you're not still manufacturing this model!!"
"Very happy with this car. Fun to drive. 2.3L 16V engine gets with it even when climbing a hill fully loaded. Corners very well (although the P195/55x15's aren't cheap).
Comes surprisingly well equipped for a car in this price range. Has all the normal things plus some well thought out items like auto climate control, outside temp readout, stereo controls in the steering wheel, MP3 capability, power locks w/remote, power glass and mirrors, height adj for drvr seat, rear window wiper/washer, etc, etc.
Love the design. Comes std with body kit lowers, small fin at trailing edge of roof, and alloys. Modern, innovative, functional, well proportioned, original, and somehow understated.
38k mi so far with NO problems. Just routine maintenance and wear items (front pads & tires at around 30k).
I get 26 MPG during normal commuting (some city, mostly hilly rural roads). Got 30 MPG on a trip to Oregon with wife and daughter and lots of stuff.
Doesn't have the refinement of a Honda or Toyota. No balance shafts, variable valve timing, electronic controlled motor mounts, or a 5 spd auto and the like. But you also don't pay for that stuff up front, or down the road when they eventually screw up. I'll take simplicity over "AR" refinement anyday.
What else, what else. Checked out the crash worthiness before I bought it. It does very well. Also comes std with front/side airbags, and ABS brakes.
Paint quality seems good. Interior materials have been durable and easy to clean.
Downsides? Front seats could be more comfortable, and the temp and fuel gauges could be bigger (squinting helps). That's it."
"This car has been very good for me. The only real problem I had was when I had an accident. It took over 4 months for my car to be fixed because the parts are in an overseas warehouse. It's also a hassle to take it to a dealership because there is only one in my area that is an hour away. But for a first car it's very reliable and it's really good at gas."