Suzuki is better known for its motorcycles and outboard marine engines. But the SX4 Sport is a force to be reckoned with. Front and rear anti-roll bars, upfront MacPherson struts, and an aerodynamic design make this “a thriftier alternative” to the Nissan Sentra. Even with a Touring Package that includes a six-CD changer, rear spoiler, and stability and traction control, the SX4 costs less than $17,000.
Road & Track
Suzuki cars may not fly under the radar for much longer. This stylish, bargain-basement-priced sedan “just might be a keeper.” European design studios have provided a nice interior “with quality materials” and “laudable ergonomics.” The 143-hp, 2.0-liter engine “does a yeoman’s job” and is less noisy than its peers. Other pleasant surprises include firm suspension, solid chassis feel, and sharp steering.
New York Daily News
It’s nifty, and it’s thrifty. But the four-cylinder “leaf-blowerish engine” may moan a bit when you press on the pedal. While the SX4 is no “miracle of styling and engineering,” the 31 miles per highway gallon makes it easier to thumb your nose “at swankier wheels.” Lots of practical stuff comes standard—six air bags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, a pressure monitoring system, and 17-inch alloy wheels.