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2013 Suzuki SX4

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2013 Suzuki SX4 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.5

*Important Note: Please be aware that Suzuki has filed for bankruptcy protection and is shutting down its car business in the U.S.

The versatile 2013 Suzuki SX4 comes in three distinct flavors. The SX4 Crossover is a 5-door hatchback equipped with Suzuki's 3-Mode Intelligent All-Wheel-drive (i-AWD). The Sportback shares the Crossover's same body and interior, but is fitted with front-wheel drive, a sport suspension and a lower profile. Finally, there is the Sedan, available in LE and Sport trim, with the security of a trunk but the same sporty setup as the Sportback. Powered by a 2.0-liter engine, the SX4 isn't terribly fast, nor does it offer best-in-class fuel economy. What the SX4 does offer is a lot of content for a very low price. In particular, the SX4 Crossover represents a tremendous bargain, costing thousands less than a comparably-equipped AWD Subaru Impreza.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a small car with a sophisticated AWD system that includes a locking mode, and you want it fully-loaded with navigation, Bluetooth and heated seats for less than $22,000, the SX4 is about the only game in town.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're all about resale and easy access to a large dealer network, the 2013 Suzuki SX4 isn't going to win you over. If you're willing to give up a few options, you can get into a larger and more fuel-efficient Subaru Impreza for about the same price as a loaded SX4 Crossover.

What's New for 2013

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.

Driving the SX4

Driving Impressions Because of their small sizes, all 2013 Suzuki SX4s are easy to maneuver and park. The Sport Sedan and the SportBack offer relatively sporty handling, but these are not tarmac...

burners. With its standard all-wheel-drive, the Crossover feels capable in wet and snowy conditions. Its 3-Mode Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (i-AWD) system has three settings: One sends all the power to the front wheels and is said to improve fuel economy, another automatically delivers power to the rear wheels when traction is lost, and the third is a lock mode that sends consistent power to the front and rear wheels for use in especially slippery conditions.

3-MODE INTELLIGENT ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE
The SX4 Crossover's 3-Mode i-AWD gives the best of all worlds, allowing the vehicle to operate in FWD, in on-demand AWD or in permanently-engaged AWD.

NAVIGATION
Suzuki's new navigation radio is relatively inexpensive, and features Bluetooth for audio and phone as well as voice control, SIRIUS/XM NavTraffic and iPod control via its USB port.

2013 Suzuki SX4 Details
Interior

The SX4 in Crossover and SportBack offers a flexible interior with 60/40 split-folding rear seats that also tumble forward. With the rear seats folded, there is a bigger-than-expected 43 cubic feet of cargo space. Up front, a tilt steering wheel is standard across the lineup. All SX4 models can seat up to five passengers, but keep in mind these are small cars, so the rear seats are not exactly spacious for adults. Steering-wheel-mounted controls for audio and cruise control are available on higher trims of the Sedan and Crossover, and standard on the SportBack.

Exterior

Though aging, the SX4 Crossover still looks relatively modern, boasting a short, wedge-like profile with plenty of windows. The front-drive-only SX4 SportBack is about an inch shorter than the Crossover and has slightly less ground clearance. You might know it as the economy car tapped by the U.S. version of "Top Gear" for its Star in a Reasonably-Priced-Car segment. The SX4 Sedan remains quite bland with little to distinguish itself, but the Sport version has a, well, sportier appearance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on all SX4 models includes a rear heater duct, air conditioning with pollen filter, halogen headlights, tilt steering wheel, 8 airbags, 12-volt power outlet, dual front vanity mirrors, AM/FM/CD stereo with USB port, rear defroster and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Optional Equipment

A navigation unit, carbon-fiber door-sill trim and SIRIUS/XM satellite radio are among the relatively short list of interior upgrades available on the 2013 Suzuki SX4. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is optional on the Crossover and SportBack versions. A roof rack is available across the board, and Crossover versions can be fitted with a ski/snowboard holder or cargo box. The Sport version of the Sedan has a sport-tuned suspension, spoilers and larger wheels and tires.

Under the Hood

All 2013 Suzuki SX4 models are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 150 horsepower when connected to a 6-speed manual transmission or 148 for vehicles with the continuously-variable automatic transmission.

2.0-liter inline-4
150 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
148 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (automatic)
140 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
Crossover: 22 /30 mpg (manual transmission), 23/29 mpg (automatic)
SportBack: 22/30 mpg (manual), 23/30 mpg (automatic)
Sedan: 23/33 mpg (manual), 25/32 mpg (automatic)
Sport: 23/32 mpg (manual), 23/30 mpg (automatic)

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2013 Suzuki SX4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 278 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Smooth tight ride, accurate steering, short wheel

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: TRADE UP 4MY SON'S ASPEC TL

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Smooth, pretty, modern, reliable, Japanese quality"

Cons: "Irritatingly small fuel tank on AWD, noisy >60mph"

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

"PROS-inexpensive but well built & relatively trouble free, beautiful modern styling, headlights & paint, tightly built squeak free dash & interior for this price point, cold well built quiet A/C & heater, reliable on demand but unnecessary AWD, modern DCI ignition system & throttle by wire, PW,PL,PS, TILT, A/C, Cruise, intermittent front & rear wipers w/washers, trip computer, continuous mileage meter, TMPS, 4whl disc, 4channel anti-lock brakes & AM/FM/MP3 player all standard, CONS- cabin is a bit noisy above 60 mph for conversation, no modern variable valve timing engine, traction & stability control not standard, aux input or bluetooth connection not standard, small fuel tank (mostly due to the rear drive shaft relief), small but reasonably comfortable stadium like rear seating, gang style TMPS instead of individual wheel report TMPS, no electric P/S, no Lithium battery, no upper control arm, no direct fuel injection (this is and old lie, true fuel injection IS directly into the combustion chamber like a diesel. Manufacturers have falsified the term 'fuel injection' for decades now & have only recently created the term 'direct fuel injection' to represent a new and improved version of what they should have been doing all along) Most rate this vehicle as if it were a car & judge her fuel mileage as such. It is not a car. It is a Micro Crossover & a heavy one in that it is a car and 1/2 due to the AWD. Her fuel economy is on point with a relatively heavy AWD Crossover of this size & weight. She is NOT a Corolla nor a Civic & should not be compared to such. Her drag coefficient & center of gravity are far too high to compete in the economy car class. If missing out on a few modern niceties, a small tank & a bit of noise at highway speeds don't bother you; then you will be happy with the SX4. I suggest that you run her tires above 40 psi to get the fuel mileage up & make her a bit more confident on the road. She doesn't have everything but she has more than she deserves for this price point. Suzuki has done very well here."

Great car!

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "see above."

Cons: "blind spots take a while to get used to."

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

"Great car! Small but holds a lot. Does super on ice and through snow. Fun, comfortable car. I love it! Highly recommend."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Nice little car, just a few small issues

By on Friday, July 31, 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
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Really cute car, Mini-like appeal for a lot less $"

Cons: "So-so mpg, dash light problems"

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

"Love my 2009 SX4 AWD, but here's the few problems: Only averages 24-26 mpg -- thought it would be way better for such a small car -- guess it's because of the AWD; Some of the dash lights (tire, check engine) seem to have a life of their own -- "check tire" lights never go off -- dealership removed an automatic tire sensor to correct it, but it's still on, so I put a piece of black tape over it so it doesn't distract me; Really small gas tank (10.5 gal.) so I have to fill up every 200 miles or so; Wish it had a plug-in for my iPod/iPad, but it doesn't and the dealer couldn't upgrade it (bought it used at 1 yr. old.)"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Solid and fun AWD performer, given the price.

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good price, fun, peppy, great in slick conditions."

Cons: "Not a big hauler, back seat is tight, small trunk."

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

"This a fun, peppy car to drive, although the interior is a bit noisy at highway speeds. The AWD performs well in slush and shallow or powdery snow, but once you are in heavy/wet snow deep enough to push a drift in front of you with the bumper, you're about done. I've consistently gotten better-than-quoted gas mileage, right from day one, and MPG improves from 5% on up to 10% if you feed it non-Ethanol fuel (proved several times on multiple trips). Check the current price-per-gallon of each fuel type in your area to see if this makes fiscal sense. I'm hoping my next vehicle is close to as good as this one has been."

8 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Good little car

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great AWD through snow"

Cons: "gas mileage and tank size"

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

"Wonderfully, affordable AWD car. It cuts through snow with ease! I like the visibility it offers and the interior layout - with GPS. It doesn't get that good of gas mileage (23 highway) and has a small gas tank, which makes fill-ups frequent. It's also a bit underpowered. The car has been reliable, but some of the parts are cheap. For the money (overall) it's a nice car."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great value. Only AWD in my price range. Satisfied

By on Sunday, April 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Space Traction Reliability"

Cons: "Build Quality. No Dealer Support."

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

"Great little commuter car: 70 early morning miles on backroads daily. Goes through amazing amounts of snow. Very controlled driving experience. Good pep, even with automatic transmission. Plastic-y interior with minor sympathetic buzzes after 6 years of rough roads. Very comfortable for its size - I stand 6' tall and have head and legroom better than my old Jeep Cherokee! Doesn't like deer strikes - like any modern car, front end is mostly plastic. Biggest negative is NO MORE SUZUKI in Michigan (or USA?) Thankful I got Warranty work all done before the pullout... As a used daily commuter this is the car for you - especially if you deal with snow."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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