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Suzuki Verona, Sedan
#457 of 1855 economy and power
Jan 27, 2004 (12:25 pm)
I agree that the Verona offers a poor combination of power and economy. This is an area that Suzuki and GMDAT should resolve in future model years. Does anyone have an idea why economy is not better? The engine has roller tipped rocker arms which usually decrease friction. The streamlining seems quite normal, judged by appearances. The vehicle weight is a bit heavy, but I think not enough to cause the economy difference. True, the engine has six cylinders, but so do many cars that provide better fuel economy. I wonder if the emissions control system, combustion system, and fuel injection have been fully optimized? I note that the engine in the 2004 Chevy Malibu turns only 1700 RPM at 60 MPH. The Verona turns about 2300 RPM at the same vehicle speed. It is a shame that this otherwise well designed car should not also be fully competitive on fuel economy.
#458 of 1855 rassup
Jan 28, 2004 (5:59 am)
The Verona is a new entry into a very competitive market as there are many cars in the moderate priced family sedan market segment. Many potential buyers don't have the time or interest to test drive every car. They will read the online and/or magazine comparisons and test drive the few that consistently get the better reviews. The critisms in these reviews about teh Verona are consistent. Many of these buyers will not even test drive the Verona for these reasons. In addition Suzuki does not have much brand recognition and is competing against the Camry and Accord which have their faults. To be successful, GM/Suzuki should have introduced a vehicle that does not get the red flags on the comparisons regarding performance, fuel economy and safety. (THese features are often shown on comparative charts, so one need not even have to read the full article.) They should have done their homework and made sure that the Verona competed well from the get-go. I will test drive the Verona as I enjoy testing different vehicles and I also like to buy cars that are new to the market place. I've had a Camry, Subaru Legacy and Forester, and Olds Alero in the first production year.
#459 of 1855 Let the buyer beware
Jan 28, 2004 (6:36 am)
if a buyer does not take the time to test drive and/or research, shame on him/her. There is a level of responsibility here that unfortuantely some buyers shirk then they buy a vehicle, house, PC or whatever and say "Gosh, I didn't know, realize, imagine this would/wouldn't.................(fill in the blank).
Jan 28, 2004 (2:01 pm)
Let us know what you think after you kick the tires and take a test drive.
#461 of 1855 rkw...
Jan 28, 2004 (2:21 pm)
Look at many of the reviews by "autobytel","caranddriver","msn-auto" the paper " washington post" etc..and you will find "consistent" praise for the finer points of Verona. Even some of the sites mentioned point out the positives.If you have the money to spend..buy the best by all means. For one with a budget the Veronas good points far outweigh the negatives.Many of us did test drive other hi rated cars prior to selecting the Verona. Only a test drive gives you a better perspective. And Oh Yes..do go with an open mind!!!
Jan 28, 2004 (4:31 pm)
I can't imagine buying any car without driving it. Whatever the price is it's far to much money to just stake your bet on a column by someone you don't know.
#464 of 1855 Try before buy
Jan 28, 2004 (5:23 pm)
Try before buy is good advice. I did that and bought a new Verona EX. I agree with other owners who find that Verona offers an appealing overall package. The outstanding fit and finish on this car continues to impress me. The fuel economy remains an important issue for Suzuki product developers to improve on future models. I am pleased overall with the car but cannot ignore the growing evidence that fuel economy is not in balance with performance.
Jan 29, 2004 (2:53 am)
I have to agree with those who say test drive and buy it or don't. Test drive the vehicle like how you would drive it everyday and if it meets your needs than buy it. If not, buy something else.
Jan 29, 2004 (8:01 pm)
I agree this car has to be test driven. If you find the power not to your needs or wants then pass. When I drove it I found it to be a very nice car for the money so I bought it.