The SX4 Crossover, launched in 2007 is Suzuki’s compact crossover. This is the cheapest vehicle to drive all four wheels, no small feat given the high prices that four or all wheel drive normally demands. It is a bargain compact SUV for those who either need all wheel drive to get off road or for those who live in climates where all wheel drive makes getting around town a needed feature. The all wheel drive system the SX4 uses is quite robust as well. Allowing the driver to select from 3 different operating presets. They can choose full time front wheel drive, part time all wheel drive, or full time 4 wheel drive. In the higher levels of trim, a Garmin GPS also comes standard. Combined, these features offer a degree more versatility than the sedan body style is able to.
The SX4 is powered by a new 2.0 liter four cylinder engine good for 150 HP. Power is sent through either a 6 speed manual or a CVT transmission. The sub 3000lb vehicle weight means that the 2.0 liter engine is enough to give a fairly peppy drive.
Bodystyles: 4-door hatchback
Engines: 2.0L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, CVT
Models: Crossover FWD, Crossover Technology FWD, Crossover AWD, Crossover Technology AWD, Crossover Touring AWD, SportBack GTS
For 2010, the Suzuki SX4 Crossover receives new styling, a new 150-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, and two new transmissions. Interior features are improved and a new SportBack variant is added.
The SX4 Crossover receives an updated front fascia and new wheels for 2010 with a functional appearance, while the SportBack model ditches roof racks for an aero kit and a lowered stance.
Both Crossover and SportBack feature quality interiors, with solid materials and room for taller drivers. A new gauge cluster and increased navigation functionality, standard features are many.
The SX4 crossover’s optional all-wheel drive adds over 100 pounds to the vehicle’s curb weight, making the vehicle feel less nimble and slower to get to speed than front-wheel drive versions. The Sportback feels lively and peppy, with stiffer suspension settings and a lower stance. The new 150-horsepower 2.0-liter engine is a much-needed improvement over the old unit, as is the new six-speed manual and new CVT transmission.
All SX4 Crossover models feature standard stability control, as does the SportBack GTS. Each vehicle also receives standard driver and front passenger front, side, and curtain airbags.
Crossover FWD, SportBack GTS: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway
Crossover FWD, Crossover Technology FWD, SportBack GTS (CVT): 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway
Crossover AWD: 22 mpg city/20 mpg highway (manual)
Crossover AWD, Crossover Technology AWD, Crossover Touring AWD: 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway
- All-wheel drive on a budget
- Feature-laden interior
- SportBack driving characteristics
- New engine/transmission options
- On the heavy side with AWD
- Engine could still use more power
- Basic stereo not impressive
The cheapest AWD option available
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