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.
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.
"We bought our '07 Reno new (20 miles) in Nov. 07. The only shop-time was for a squeaky control-arm bushing just after purchase. Nothing else has gone bad. We really like this little guy. Mileage 26/31.5. Was originally intended to be a two-year car, but we'll go three years because it has been such a good car. I'd buy another one in a heart-beat.
The only negative ( it IS a small car) I can mention is that at highway speeds, 80+, a cross-wind will be a problem. No surprise there."
"I bought this car in 2005 new, only 10 miles on it. It has all the bells and whistles from the moon roof to cruise control and rims. I had no choices except the color at the time. I paid 13,9 for it. I get about 20 mpg in the city and around 32 on the hwy. I just put new tires and a new battery on it, other then that NO issues at all. The great thing about it also is, my husband fits in it with no problem and he's 6'3 almost 300lbs.
I recommend this car to anyone and everyone looking for a car."
"i bought the Reno brand new the very next year the 2006 version cost 10k less then my 2005 purchase. the "Americas number one warranty" is a load of junk. my car is four years old and was well taken care of. then suddenly my head gasket hit the bricks and coolant flooded my engine. Suzuki is blaming me for the damage and want me to fork over 6k to get a new engine. spend your money elsewhere"