2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

I drove the little SX4 all around metro Detroit picking up my wife from the airport and racked up about 250 miles during my journey. With the rear seats folded, the cargo area provided just enough room for my large dog and a load of luggage. My biggest concern was the fuel gauge --- with only a 13.2-gallon tank, the needle in the dash dropped rather quickly.

As others have noted, there is a striking resemblance to the Honda Fit from the driver's perspective. They both have an upright seating position, A-pillar windows, front-seat foldaway armrests, and low-to-the-floor shifters. However, the SX4 has one major attribute compared with the Fit: six forward gears. We griped all year about our Four Seasons Honda Fit's five-speed transmission and highway buzzing. While the buzzing is also present in the SX4. It's more road noise you hear than engine noise as the SX4 sails down the highway-sails literally, as crosswinds and uneven pavement alter the tiny Suzuki's path. Where the SX4 falls short of the Fit is storage. The hatch area wasn't as accommodating as the Honda's; one large piece of luggage and a laptop bag filled it up entirely. Carrying four adults with luggage would be out of the question.

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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