Largely unchanged for 2012, the Suzuki SX4 is a compact car that is available in Sportback, Sedan, and Crossover trims. All models are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options are comprised of a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic. Fuel mileage is an EPA estimated 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. FWD is the standard drivetrain for all trims with the exception of the SX4 Crossover that comes equipped with AWD. Available features include touchscreen navigation with traffic information, hands-free communication, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, heated front seats and fog lamps. Safety is comprised of eight standard airbags, anti-lock braking, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, and tire pressure monitoring. The SX4 is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The LE Anniversary Edition has been dropped, as has the Sport GTS trim. A new LE Popular trim returns after a year's absence, providing a leather-wrapped steering wheel, transmission shift paddles, cruise control and remote keyless entry. Stability control is now standard across the SX4 lineup.
Low starting price; available all-wheel drive; good maneuverability; wide range of available trim levels
The Suzuki SX4 offers an excellent array of features for an astonishingly low price. Even with a starting price of just under $14,000, the base Suzuki is a value-laden car that offers the same efficient, powerful engine as in upper-level trims and a solid standard equipment list. At the top of the line, the all-wheel drive Technology hatchback doesn't break the $20,000 barrier, yet bears an impressive set of equipment. With the manual transmission, the SX4 achieves a respectable 26 combined EPA estimated miles per gallon.