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2008 Suzuki Reno

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2008 Suzuki Reno Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


Endowed with a bit more aggressively styled bodywork than the Suzuki Forenza on which it's based, the five-door, front-drive Suzuki Reno hatchback has room, ride comfort and lots of standard features, but a somewhat dated mechanical package. With a very attractive base price compared to the Honda Fit, Kia Spectra5, MAZDA3, Nissan Versa and Toyota Matrix, and backed by a truly outstanding warranty, it offers budget-minded buyers the chance to acquire a practical and reliable new car. However, seizing that opportunity requires accepting a one-trim-fits-all package with performance and handling characteristics that fall behind many of the current segment leaders. Given that the same holds true for its resale value, maximizing your investment in a Reno also means being prepared to live with it for a while.

You'll Like This Car If...

When the words "new" and "budget" both figure prominently in your car-buying equation, the Reno's admirable combination of style, space and standard equipment has an undeniable charm -- particularly when you factor its comprehensive warranty into that mix.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Anyone seeking the leading edge of automotive thought or design will be better served looking elsewhere. A decently executed but decidedly aging basic economy car, the Reno lacks the quickness, agility, fuel efficiency and innovative features offered by many of its newer competitors -- including Suzuki's own and only slightly pricier SX4 and SX4 Sport models.

What's New for 2008

Minor tweaks add steering-wheel audio controls to the Convenience Package and Bluetooth wireless connectivity to the options list while the sunroof gets eliminated from the Reno's already-meager available-extras roster.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Like the Forenza on which it's based, the Reno is at its best when dealing with city traffic and freeway cruising, not challenging twisty back roads. Its suspension tuning puts a far higher priority on ride comfort than on precision control, and ride and noise isolation are commendably good for a car in this class, but those who demand some enthusiastic sportiness won't be finding much of it here. We laud Suzuki for using four-wheel disc brakes on the Reno but would still recommend stepping up to the anti-lock option -- even though that choice also requires purchasing the Convenience Package.

Favorite Features

Standard CD/MP3 Player
The Reno's standard four-speaker AM/FM audio system features a single-disc CD player with MP3 playback capability.

Standard Front Side-Impact Airbags
Unlike some pricier vehicles in its class, the Reno's extensive list of standard equipment includes driver and passenger side-impact airbags.


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