2004 Suzuki Verona

The Verona hopes to tread where the and already have walked briskly and successfully: As a cut-price alternative to mainstream family sedans like the , , and . The Italian name was chosen to remind us that this warmed-over Daewoo passed through Giorgio Giugiaro’s Turin design studio, Italdesign, on its way to America. The standard in-line six-cylinder engine is certainly unique in the category, but it makes only 155 hp, which falls short of some competitors’ four-cylinder engines. The 177 pound-feet of torque helps compensate, and the expected price of $16,000 to $19,000 ought to ameliorate horsepower concerns as well. The roomy cabin won’t win any interior-design awards, but it’s inoffensive in its attempts to be upmarket at a downmarket price, an apt description for the entire car, come to think of it.

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0-60 MPH:

11.2 SECS

EPA MPG:

17 City / 25 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

Acceptable