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2007 Suzuki Reno

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2007 Suzuki Reno Review

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The Reno is a fun and inexpensive compact car with sporty styling and a long list of standard features. Although the Reno does not have the hardware to truly compete with the Mazda Mazda3 or Volkswagen GTI, it remains an attractive compact with great aftermarket potential, an important attribute for entry-level buyers who might like to customize their cars. Priced well under $15,000, the Reno faces some tough competition from Honda's Fit and Nissan's Versa, two new compacts also within easy reach of most first-time buyers. While the Reno does not offer the same high resale value as the Fit or the Versa, it does include more standard features and a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty at no extra charge.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a new car and would like to stay around $14,000, you might find the Reno's unique combination of style, quality and equipment hard to ignore.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the Reno's exterior styling is attractive, it isn't as expressive as some of the other entry-level vehicles in its class. If you're used to the polished refinement found in Honda and Toyota cars, the Reno's rubbery shifter and lackluster handling probably won't impress you.

What's New for 2007

The Reno line is reduced to a single trim level with only a few options.

Driving the Reno
Driving Impressions

The sense of refinement conveyed by the Reno's exterior styling and interior design continues when you turn the key. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine starts quickly, idles quietly and revs smoothly.

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The Reno accelerates adequately enough, but isn't going to win many races to the other side of the intersection. Highway ride is small-car comfortable - mostly steady with an occasional bump or jolt.

Standard CD/MP3 Player
The Reno's standard eight-speaker stereo includes a CD player with MP3 playback capability.

Standard Front Side-Impact Airbags
We like that the Reno's extensive standard features include driver and passenger side-impact airbags in addition to front airbags.

2007 Suzuki Reno Details
2007 Suzuki Reno photo Interior

The passenger cabin of the Suzuki Reno conveys a high level of quality. The cloth seats are comfortable enough and the rear seat is roomy. Silver-themed accents throughout include silver-ringed gauges and air vents plus a silver center console and trim. Building on the versatility enabled by its five-door design, the Reno includes plenty of storage compartments. The hatchback lifts to reveal a very usable trunk, and the versatile 60/40 split rear seatback collapses to create a practical hauling space.

Exterior
2007 Suzuki Reno photo

With modern styling courtesy of the Italian design firm Italdesign, the Suzuki Reno looks good when parked alongside its more established competitors. Bright, clear-lens lamps front and back add to the five-door's contemporary aura, though bigger wheels would fill the wheel wells nicely and give the Reno a more aggressive stance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Reno may be the best-equipped vehicle in the country for around $14,000. Included as standard on every Reno are an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatiable CD player and eight speakers, power windows, heated power mirrors, power door locks, tilt-steering wheel, front side-impact airbags, rear defroster, five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, height-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

The Convenience Package adds steering wheel audio touch controls, keyless entry and cruise control. Stand-alone options include a four-speed automatic transmission and, on base models only, anti-lock brakes (ABS).

Under the Hood

The Reno is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 127 horsepower. Though not terribly quick, the engine does provide enough low-end torque to allow for quick intersection crossings and modest passing maneuvers, though the balky five-speed manual saps the fun out of driving a stick. With so little horsepower on tap, one would expect better fuel economy, yet the Reno's fuel economy figures are far from world-class. By comparison, the Toyota Corolla's four-cylinder engine delivers 126 horsepower while returning 10 more miles per gallon in both city and highway driving.

2.0-liter in-line 4
127 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
131 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 (manual), 22/31 (automatic)

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2007 Suzuki Reno Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 95 Ratings for the 2005 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    7.4/10
    Quality
    7.3/10
  • Reliability
    7.7/10
    Performance
    7.4/10
  • Comfort
    7.5/10
    Styling
    7.8/10

My First Brand New Car!!!

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Reliable, Affordable, Fun, Spacious for a 5-door"

Cons: "Tire replacement, air conditioning, uncomfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car has driven from Colorado to NY twice, and from Colorado to California once! I drove this car for 3 years as a delivery driver and I never had to worry about it starting for a shift. It is probably one of the most dependable things in my life. So, I bought this car in 2009 since that time I have had one issue with the clutch (it was covered under the manufacturer warranty) and honestly I was just learning manual, so it might have been my fault! I have had one break job, the timing belt replaced at 95,000 miles (30,000 miles over the car's manual recommendation), and the shocks & struts replaced. Keep in mind I was a delivery driver for 3 years, so I blame most of the struts issues on all the potholes I just blazed through on the clock. All of the work done on this car was done before there was a problem. No surprises or disappointment just maintenance! Areas to consider: it's not very comfortable for a long road trips. The interior is pretty simple, there aren't a lot of bells and whistles. The air conditioning has never really kept the inside cold. Cooler than the outside sure but with 3 people in the car the interior temperature maybe held at 72 degrees. I have replaced the tires a lot! I'm about to purchase my 4th set of tires, so you don't have a lot options to upgrade quality when it comes to tires. That's all I can think as far as negatives. Some more positives: I only fill my gas tank once every two weeks and put about 30 miles on my car a day. I have avoided at least 2 potentially fatal car accidents in this car (it's maneuvering capability is outstanding)I mostly drove this car in Denver and in Albuquerque if that means anything to you. I still have the car BTW and I hope you give it to my kid one day! I don't know if that's naive but so far the way the car has preformed I think it's possible."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

225K miles and still rockin'

By on Friday, May 1, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

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: "Great value for the dollar. Reliable."

Cons: "Styling (my apologies to Italdesign)"

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

Your mileage may vary

"Traded in a HORRIBLE 2005 Chevy Aveo on this car during a special financing event at a local Suzi dealer. This car is loaded and I got it for around $14K/$150/mo. Several sets of tires and brake pads, dozens of oil and filter changes, a new clutch at 210K miles and Suzi is still rolling! Maintenance, people! You need to stay on top of it! I just passed state inspection today with no added parts or necessary service. However, the mechanic told me new struts should be considered soon. Also, I just received the parts to do a timing belt and water pump change yesterday. I am still on the OEM timing belt at 225K miles, believe it or not. I am aware of lots of scathing reviews on this car on the 'net... I must have gotten lucky. I have NO complaints."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Your mileage may vary

dependable car

By on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great price, reliable, looks different"

Cons: "cup holder location, visibility when backing up"

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

"I bought this car new in 2008 and it hasn't let me down yet. Solid dependable transportation that's good on gas. I actually get better gas mileage than was on the window sticker"

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

you get what you pay for

By on Friday, February 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "price, a lot of room for a small car"

Cons: "OK to get from A to B, but always disappoints"

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

"The least expensive car I could find. Engine ran pretty well with little to no maintenance, until after 100K. Now engine light is on. Needs thermostat needs MAP sensor, needs new shocks, wheels are dented - won't stay balanced. headlights don't aim correctly, and sometimes don't even work at all. There was a recall for the headlights. Tires are an odd size so you have to buy Korean tires. Can't find Michelin or goodyear in that size. Car is compact with a MPG rating of 25-29. Sometimes cars are rated conservatively and you end up getting more, but NO I never got more than 29 or even averaged close to 29. Disappointing for a small car."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Maintenance Nightmare

By on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "None"

Cons: "Bring your "repair $$$$" wallet"

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

"Replaced 2 Transmission, radiator, heated coil and engine.....Manufacturer should be ashamed of this vehicle."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

I bought this car new

By on Saturday, March 24, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "gets decent milage"

Cons: "built cheap"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I drive 100 mi a day to and from work and this car has started and ran every day. The down side was when the ignition pack caused an intermitten miss after about 45mins of driving. The check engine light would flash on and off.Took to dealer off and on for several months they didnt replace anything. Then at 80000 miles they told me it was a cadilytic converter. Cost $2000 warr. ended @ 70000 miles for this part.That still didn't fix the miss! Took back in they replaced Ignition coil. Haven't had any problems since."

21 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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