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2007 Suzuki Aerio

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2007 Suzuki Aerio Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a car that gets good gas mileage, offers exceptional foul-weather traction and has loads of room for kids and dogs, check out the Aerio. Besides all of its obvious benefits, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the Aerio's impressive standard features list and low base price.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Aerio's styling is a little funky and may not appeal to more traditional sedan buyers. Being relatively new, it is difficult to predict long-term reliability and resale value.

What's Significant About This Car?

Aerio Premium models receive cruise control and an automatic transmission as standard equipment.

Driving the Aerio

Driving Impressions The Aerio's 2.3-liter engine has 155 horsepower and earns an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 city/31 highway. The engine makes decent low-end power and is surprisingly smooth at highway...

speeds. The automatic does not detract much from performance, and does a good job of selecting a proper gear and not "hunting" with throttle changes.

The five-speed manual feels equally at home in the Aerio, although you may find the shift throws to be a bit long. The Aerio's suspension gives a comfortable ride on par with this class, and interior sound levels remain fairly low.

Analog Gauges
A nice set of analog gauges includes a tachometer.

Low Lift-Over Trunk Lip
The Aerio sedan's low lift-over trunk lip makes it easier to load large or heavy items into the trunk.

2007 Suzuki Aerio Details
2007 Suzuki Aerio photo Interior

For an economy sedan, the level of fit, finish and content in the Aerio is truly impressive. The tall instrument panel features analog readouts, including a speedometer, tachometer, fuel and temperature gauges. The black cloth front seats are smartly styled and extremely comfortable, equipped with wide seat-bottom cushions and a fairly decent amount of lumbar support. Safety features include standard front-seat side-impact airbags, but there are no side-curtain airbags for the rear seat.

Exterior
2007 Suzuki Aerio photo

The Aerio's tall doors permit easy access and preclude the chance of bumping one's head while entering or exiting, while the deep trunk can swallow a hefty amount of luggage or groceries and can be expanded via the split-folding rear seat. Body-colored bumpers and side mirrors create an upscale appearance that belies the Aerio's low sticker price.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The front-wheel-drive Aerio sedan features a 2.3-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, anti-lock brakes (ABS), automatic air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows, rear defroster, dual power mirrors, dual vanity mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3, side-impact airbags, split folding rear seat, tilt wheel, remote trunk release, cruise control and full wheel covers. The Premium trim adds an automatic transmission, heated mirrors, an in-dash six-disc CD changer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options include a four-speed automatic transmission, heated side mirrors, alloy wheels and all-wheel drive.

Under the Hood

The Aerio's 2.3-liter engine runs strong, but is not as smooth as the silky engines from Toyota and Mazda. There is enough torque to accommodate the all-wheel drive system, and it comes on just below 3000 rpm, which means you won't have to rev this engine high before you get any power—a problem that plagues many smaller four-cylinder powerplants.

2.3-liter in-line 4
155 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
152 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/31 (FWD), 24/29 (AWD)

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2007 Suzuki Aerio Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 225 Ratings for the 2002 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

transmission failed at 30,000 miles

By on Thursday, December 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "I'll drive it until I can't stand the noise."

Cons: "badly engineered drive train no solultions"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought the car new. At about 30,000 miles the manual transmission failed. No new or rebuilt transmissions are available. The tranny is very loud. The orbital gear is warped. I know of others with the same car and problem. Car runs fine but it sounds like a big worn out 2.5 ton truck. Very loud in the car and can't even hear the radio. Bad engineering in an otherwise good car."

Like the Energizer Bunny it keeps going and going

By on Tuesday, December 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Energizer Cars they keep running & running"

Cons: "AC on these cars get old and need work"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second Suzuki Aureo and I would get another one but they no longer make them. These cars never give a problem. except for the usual wear and tear of a car and the needed service they need they just keep running and running and running. Oil Changes, Tire replacements Tune up occasionally battery replacement. They are the best Cars I have ever owned. The only problem and concern I have with the Suzuki is the AC units go out on them. Other than that they are like the Energizer Bunny they Keep Going and Going and Going!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very good value

By on Sunday, December 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Value"

Cons: "Tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"One of the best values if you're utilitarian about car travel (ie commuting for the lowest price tag). One major flaw that i've heard from most owners are the tires. Something about this car damages the tires. You get flats every 20,000 miles or so."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car for the price!

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price and fun to drive and reliable"

Cons: "factory tires only lasted about 25000 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am the original owner of this car and other than the normal maintenance required, I haven't had a single mechanical failure with 168,000 and counting! It's too bad they stopped making this car or at least shipping it to the US. The only thing I missed having was a cruise control. It had everything but that."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

very reliable

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great car excellent gas mileage and lots of room"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We have owned this car since 2007 and it has never let us down. It ran and ran very well, it still is ours and will remain a car we will keep."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Good urban scootabout

By on Friday, February 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable,comfortable,cheaper repairs,good gas"

Cons: "tires,brakes,electric problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"From my own personal experience: A good urban scoot about. Not a good car for long trips or winter conditions. Very basic. Have owned it for 3yrs and hasn't let me down. Does require a high degree of maintenance brakes, tires, etc. Repairs are affordable , but sensors are expensive to replace. They seem to be a bit retro for this day and age. They're zippy , but not powerful. Overall they're ok , but they come from a past era."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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