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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 281 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Expensive Repairs Horrible Gas Mileage.

By on Saturday, February 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Sturdy"

Cons: "Expensive parts and terrible gas mileage."

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

"Yes, this car is cute, yes, you get four wheel drive, BUT the drive shaft WILL break in this car, it will cost you $800 or more. and this part breaks constantly I am approaching #3. This part CANNOT be rebuilt. There are NON-Stop issues with the tires, my car's studs and lug nuts are worn out, some have, even broken, from the constant tire issues. IF you like a sturdy car, with poor gas mileage, and getting nickled and dimed for parts, by all means buy this car. Also, this car is LOUD."

Not bad

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This vehicle doesn't appear to hold value well. Also the parts are hard to find and they are expensive. I average 28-30MPG. It's a reliable vehicle. I have not had any major problems with it yet."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Has been a reliable great little car

By on Thursday, September 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good in snow, fun to drive, dependable and cute!!"

Cons: "Can be tad bumpy ride in back seat but still roomy"

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

"My 2009 Suzuki has proven to be reliable, fun to drive and unbelievable in snow, just pushes through deep snow like it's not there! IT handles well, although back seat passengers tend to feel big bumps. No major problems, just regular upkeep to keep it purring. Someone mentioned needing to replace brakes often, but mine made it 29000, not as good as my other cars but I'm not complaining. I have a wonderful mechanic who talked me out of selling it when SUZUKI moved out of county, he said he's had no problem with parts and I'm glad I kept it. Mine had 31000 miles on it, I garage it, take care of it and have had people want to buy it from me for top price. Think I'll hang on to for a while til I get the new car urge."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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."

7 people out of 13 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.)"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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