• Jul 15, 2009
Suzuki SX4 Crossover – Click above for high-res image gallery
Suzuki's upstart SX4 Crossover has continually surprised and delighted the automotive press with perky driving dynamics and nifty features like standard pop-up navigation. While we enjoyed the SX4 Sport we tested last year, we prefer the usability and all-wheel drive capability of the five door Crossover. AWD does add cost to the modestly priced SX4, though, and the added weight and parasitic drag have a negative impact on fuel economy.

Suzuki is reportedly further addressing that situation for the 2010 model year, as it is planning a front-drive SX4 hatch with SportBack trim. The front-drive SportBack, available only in Touring trim, will lose the Crossover's roof rack while gaining the sporty demeanor and lower ride height of the sedan.The Car Connection says that Suzuki will also raise the power output of the SX4's 2.0-liter engine across the range, bringing the stallion tally to 150. Without all-wheel drive, the SX4 SportBack will be lighter and more efficient, and without a roof rack, sitting lower to the ground, it figures to be more aerodynamic, too.

[Source: The Car Connection]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 27 Comments
      blackmage439
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad practically every consumer ratings company considers Suzuki's reliability lower than crap on the bottom of your shoe.

      It doesn't matter how awesome a car is if it can't go 1000 miles without a repair.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @blackmage439
        The SX4 is recommended by Consumer Reports. Suzuki was also ranked higher than Acura, Infiniti, Nissan, BMW, etc. in JD Power's IQS Study.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @blackmage439
        Unfortunately, I find crap -- especially the kind from dogs -- on the bottom of my shoes to be quite reliable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The JDM SX4 has had the sportback trim since the car came out. body colored kit and lowered ride height.

      here is what it looks like with out the roof rack and the black suv like trim

      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/07/05/suzuki-sx4-goes-on-sale-in-japan/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will be keeping an eye on this car, it is very interesting. My wife has an '03 XL-7 and she was hit by someone running a light a few days ago. The other vehicle, a Trooper, rolled. Wife lost her front bumper and the hood and near edges of the front fenders are dented. No other damage (no engine damage) and my wife doesn't have a scratch on her. I'd call that a great car.

      It's got 85k on it and we've only had one thing fixed and that was under its excellent warranty. Suzuki is really the dark horse of car makers. I have a lot of respect for them. I drive an Acura RDX but will probably be downsizing for my next vehicle to something with better mpg.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see this as a worth successor to my 91 turbo firefly(long ago sold), I miss that car, Good on fuel and fun. now give it a turbo and lower it a bit and you have a cheap wrx fighter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a 2007, 5 speed, FWD, SX4 Crossover, with over 15,000 miles and not a single problem or rattle. It only has 143 hp but with the 5 speed, no AWD, and a curb weight of 2,800 pounds, it feels quicker than some cars with even more power. It gets 27.5 mpg on average with the car doing more city driving than highway driving. It's fun to drive too! I drive have an S2000 as my weekend/track car and I have almost just as much fun with the SX4 tossing it around turns. It doesn't lack low end power as much as my S2000 either. I've read many great customer reviews on this car and I also recommend this car for those seeking an economical daily driver. We got it out the door for $15,000.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please tell me you're not the joker around here who swapped the Honda badge on his S2000 for a Suzuki badge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a 2007 SX4 that I bought new. I'm up to 23,000 miles and haven't had a problem. It's great in the NW snows and comfortable enough for road trips. Great little car... Suzuki should have a hit with this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll be in the market in a few months, I have been telling myself I need to test drive this car, I have kept up with Edmunds' Insideline, and they have/had this car, From what I have read, the reviewer's only complaint was the color they had given him, the baby blue color.

      Suzuki has great things coming for it with their new sedan almost here, it HAS to be a game changer
      • 5 Years Ago
      That sounds good. The sedan looks nice for what it is. The hatch always seemed too cute, and I hope the sportier changes also include losing the dumb plastic wheel arch trim.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is the Swift. We know thats a capable machine they should be selling here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about the Swift???
      • 5 Years Ago
      150 HP is not the boost I was hoping for. Other than that it's a nice little hatchback.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have been meaning to test drive one of these. It's not a must-have car, but it checks a lot of boxes for winter drivers on a budget.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the swift is nice and will be here around 2012... but the SX4 AWD is really nice... one of my fav small cars!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Suzuki should bring over the Swift 1.3LDDiS or the Splash...
    • Load More Comments