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Suzuki SX4, Hatchback, SUV
Article comments for Full Test: 2007 Suzuki SX4 - We spent two weeks with this charming little hottie and found it to be, well, charming. Although it's a little light on frills, the SX4 is roomy, comfortable and cute. In fact, more than one person said our Racy Red test car looked like a candy apple on wheels. (more)
#2 of 27 UNFAIR review of a GREAT little awd car
Dec 13, 2006 (10:53 am)
I think it's unfair to compare the sx4 with versa, fit, etc. It's really apple and oranges. How do you compare small, urban econocars with a sturdy awd crossover with 4x4 ambitions???
Here's some conclusions worth commenting on:
"Is it perky enough for tooling around town at under 40 mph? Sure. It's when you need a little more oomph that the SX4 falls short. Merging onto the freeway is an act of bravery. Zero to 60? Um, eventually."
That was my *initial* reaction to the car, but after putting a few thousand miles on mine, it is much quicker than you say. I note Edmunds tried the automatic and that might be different, but the 5-speed has plenty of "oomph". And it's an "act of bravery" only if you drive like my granny.
"And when finally up to a respectable lane speed, forget about passing. Right foot to the floor and nothing seems to happen."
Again, if you're driving the 5-speed, this just isn't a problem especially if you downshift to pass. The "nothing seems to happen" issue is exaggerated and could be solved if Suzuki modifies the drive by wire throttle response (or allow aftermarket products without having to worry about voiding the warranty).
"The Suzuki's EPA rating of 24 city/30 highway is significantly less ambitious than the rest of the subcompact class."
Duh, it weighs more and it's awd. WTF did you expect??? A legitimate complaint would be the stingy gas tank, only 11 gallons.
"Once under way, I find that my overflexed ankle starts aching as I work the throttle owing to the Praying Mantis knees-forward-and-legs-straight-down driving position."
yup, this is true, but only for long distance; it's fine for local driving.
"Maybe my butt hurts because it's getting kicked by all the cars around me... If you ever face the choice between a beater Volvo wagon with 30 Greenpeace stickers on the posterior and a Suzuki SX4, get behind the Volvo."
Dan Edmunds, you're a folkin' idiot if you think this is a fair statement.
Bottom line, the review s*cks. Edmunds is right, he just doesn't get it. I think I'll send him a "Free Tibet" sticker for his Volvo.
#3 of 27 Re: Article Comments: 2007 Suzuki SX4 Full Test [KarenS]
Dec 13, 2006 (12:16 pm)
as far as power im not suprised to read the quart mile and 0-60mph results. when I test drove a sx4 automatic i thought it was way underpowered for what the Horsepower specs claim to be. I also though the suspension was border line dangerous in a panic stop. I know this from the test drive when a lady pulled right out in front of me as i was coming up and over a right handed hill turn. The front end dipped very hard and the rear end lifted and swayed very badly, all of this at only 35-40mph! i thought that suzuki gave the most features for the money. but as edmunds said "So if you live in an area that gets weather, the all-wheel-drive 2007 Suzuki SX4 may be your ideal new hatchback, but if fuel economy is a priority, the Honda Fit is the thriftier option." thats how i felt about the sx4. if you dont get alot of snow where you live you could get a car in the same size but with better mpg for around the same price. over the long run having a car that gets 30's mpg will save you money in the long run.. Its a nice car and i dont think what edmunds posted was "lies". It was just their opinion and in the cases of pick up and go it was a Fact based on times to get from a dead stop to 60mph. If you own a sx4 you shouldnt get upset about what edmunds said about your car. if you like it thats all that matters. I mean you didnt buy the car to impress others, as this is not that type of car.. so for the owners if you like your sx4 then be happy! and for the ones thinking about it the review might give you a different outlook on things..
#4 of 27 Re: Article Comments: 2007 Suzuki SX4 Full Test [KarenS]
Dec 13, 2006 (1:00 pm)
bottom line: the review really seemed overly negative on the car.
It seemed to harp on the acceleration, which, BTW, means nothing to my wife. There is so much more to cars than how fast they go when you floor it. Unless you're looking at a Dodge Magnum R/T, I think that acceleration should be low on the list. This is why I don't typically read reviews. They don't match what we look at in a car.
It is the least expensive, most loaded car with AWD that you can buy. We need AWD and want a 5-speed, and the only other car that even comes close without spending $20,000+ is the Impreza wagon.
#5 of 27 Re: Article Comments: 2007 Suzuki SX4 Full Test
Dec 13, 2006 (5:03 pm)
I just read the recent Motor Trend test on the SX4. They didn't get it either. The MT writer missed the fact that the car has so many standard features. Also the acceleration tests were better than many of the other small cars they tested. 0-60 on the 5-speed was in the low 9's and the quarter was high 16's and over 80 MPH. Still, the MT writer made fun of the car's performance.
#6 of 27 Re: Article Comments: 2007 Suzuki SX4 Full Test [KarenS]
Dec 13, 2006 (10:32 pm)
Well... there are some real negatives to the SX4. If you need AWD and a low price it's a pretty good car. If you can live with FWD and want better fuel economy there are a lot of better choices. I'll probably pick up a cheap used one since they depreciate so much.
#7 of 27 Ok review but better car than they say
Dec 14, 2006 (3:58 pm)
I bought my SX4 two months ago. It's a 5-speed. I agree with much of the review, but the SX4 isn't as slow as they say. I bet there's other SX4 0-60 speeds that beat theirs.
I use mine to commute 60 miles a day and I don't have any problems with speed, merging into traffic, or even with passing, but I did notice the slow accelerator response when I first got it and had to adjust my driving by downshifting more often to pass.
I guess that's my only complaint. I don't think Suzuki should make us rev up our engines so high to pass. Someone told me that they can fix that with a software fix to the "ECU". If that's right, then Suzuki could do that and that would be that.
Bottom line for me: a great car and I looked at all the others including Fit, Versa, Yaris, etc. Those were ok cars, especially since they beat the SX4 for mileage, but they don't have the extras or AWD.
#8 of 27 Re: Article Comments: 2007 Suzuki SX4 Full Test [ratbert1]
Dec 18, 2006 (9:00 pm)
'07 Impreza wagon can be had for well under $18k and gets nearly the same gas mileage as the Suzuki. Impreza has full-time AWD, 173 hp, and is one of the safest, most reliable cars out there (plus great resale). The Suzuki's a hard sell in comparison, at least to me. Not sure if the SX4 has any advantage beyond the $3k price difference.
#9 of 27 Re: Article Comments: 2007 Suzuki SX4 Full Test [jeffmc]
Dec 19, 2006 (8:16 am)
I guess what is affordable and attainable is completely relative. The SX4 can be had for under $15,000. I think the Impreza comparison makes the two cars closer to $4,000 apart in price, which means the Impreza costs 25 percent more than an SX4. That is hardly a fair comparison. For someone on a budget, the near $4,000 price difference could mean a monthly payment of more than $100. For a lot of people, that is simply not attainable.
#10 of 27 Re: Article Comments: 2007 Suzuki SX4 Full Test [KarenS]
Dec 19, 2006 (9:40 am)
Swift? when is Suzuki going to bring the sporty swift to the U.S.?