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The 2013 Suzuki SX4 Crossover gets a new front fascia, new wheels and new colors. A new voice-activated navigation system is offered on the Crossover and is standard on the Sport Sedan. The system includes Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port and streaming audio capability.
2012 SX4 models carry over with minor changes from 2011, when they were mostly unchanged from the 2010 model year that saw a slight power increase and interior modifications. Updates for 2012 include an upgraded Garmin navigation system and standard electronic stability control on SX4 sedans. Base sedan models now get rear disc brakes like other SX4 models, and the LE automatic version has a slight improvement in fuel economy. Two new color choices are available for 2012 SX4 models: Brilliant Blue Metallic and Crimson Red Metallic.
The 2010 SX4 gains a revised instrument cluster, available updated GPS navigation with "Lane Assist" 3-D graphics, height-adjustable driver's seat, auxiliary audio input jack and illuminated steering wheel controls. A new CVT automatic transmission with paddle shifters is now available, while a new six-speed manual is standard.
The new SX4 Sedan moves Suzuki closer than it's ever been before to segment heavyweights like the Honda Civic, Mazda3, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla. Its higher-profile appearance and sportier handling characteristics are ideal complements to an impressive roster of standard equipment coupled with Suzuki's traditional pricing advantage.
The least expensive all-wheel-drive vehicle on the market, the cheery SX4 is a sport (S) crossover (X) that fuses function with a sense of fun. Suzuki has built its smallest vehicle as a precocious pup of a hatchback with a terrific all-wheel-drive system and a powertrain that can best most comers.
The SX4, a brand new model from Suzuki, joins a small group of all-wheel-drive hatchbacks favored by young buyers who want a low-end, compact-sized carry-all. A friendly little car with a distinctive design, the SX4 fits nicely into the economy-plus-power niche that the budget-conscious buyer seeks. Suzuki predicts huge growth in the compact five-door hatchback market in deference to fuel prices and the decline of large SUVs. With an engine designed by General Motors and built in Japan, the SX4 is assembled in Hungary, handy production locations for a model that Suzuki plans to sell as a world car. Sales of the carmaker's entire lineup have soared over the last two years, with Suzuki increasingly recognized as a reputable, reliable maker of market-driven, inexpensive models.
By Mike (Rochester NY) on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"Have had our SX4 since Dec 2006 - has about 10k miles on it. Averaging 26.4 mpg city/hwy since day 1, with about 60% of that city driving. Gets about 34 mpg on the hwy - anyone who is getting bad mileage with this car is just not driving it right. Pay attention to the mpg readout! We live in snowy Rochester NY and the 4WD works really well - push that button and this car grips and goes. Pros: the least-expensive switchable 4WD vehicle in the country. Lots of room for a relatively small car. Great mpg. Handles great. Funky styling. Typical Japanese high quality. 100k full warranty (and free lifetime oil changes at my dealer!) Cons: no center arm rest. No sun roof option. Time/temp/mpg display washes out in bright light. No vertical adjustment on driver's seat. I've owned lots of cars in the last 45+ years - this one is definitely a keeper. And it's thousands less than the equivalent Subaru/Toyota/Honda/Chevy. Eventually Suzuki is going to figure out that they priced it WAY too low - get one now before they do that. You can't go wrong with this car, especially if you need 4WD."
35 people out of 35 found this review helpful
By itsagreatday (NH) on Saturday, January 05, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"This car has been great all around. The gas mileage is not amazing but it is good for being all-wheel drive. It averages about 25mpg or better. The all-wheel is amazing in the over two feet we have had in the last month! Definitely recommend this car!"
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Firefly (DC) on Monday, August 27, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reliable, stores lots of gear in & on top of car."
Cons: "Small gas tank."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"If you have a small budget, but want a reliable commuter and weekend-type vehicle, even in snow/ice, this is it! I've driven this car for five years...in some of the worst big city traffic in the USA. This car zips and fits where other subcompacts don't. The SX4 goes through mountains with ease while hauling lots of gear inside and on the roof-top rack. I've hauled two 10-foot Liquid Logic kayaks around the Smoky Mountains. I, also, was able to haul a dining table on top and 6 dining chairs in the car...not small Ikea-style furniture either! My car hasn't needed any repairs except replacing the bulb in the passenger-side tail light (less than $5 expense). The key to a trouble-free subcompact engine is regular maintenance and oil changes every 3,000 miles."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful