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2008 Suzuki SX4 Hatchback Crossover

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  • $15,489 original MSRP
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2008 Suzuki SX4 Hatchback Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Suzuki SX4 Hatchback Crossover

Suzuki has always been a contender in the segment of tall, small cars, and it bolsters that reputation with its roomy SX4 Crossover. Against cars like the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa, its powertrain warranty is tops, and it is the only one to offer AWD--a standard feature. The SX4 also has one of the biggest engines in the class. Now, with the addition of the SX4 Sport sedan, consumers have even more to like about Suzuki's sporty, multi-purpose mover. In 2007, the SX4 received the IntelliChoice Lowest Ownership Cost Award.

What's new for 2008?

Following the all-wheel-drive SX4 crossover hatchback's successful 2007 debut, Suzuki adds a front-wheel-drive sedan to the lineup. Called the SX4 Sport, the car is available with the same proven 2.0L I4 with either manual or automatic transmission. The hatchback is little changed, though the naming conventions are different. Gone is the Rally Package, replaced instead by a Touring Package. Pricing has increased marginally across the line.

Model Strengths

  • Affordable AWD in an attractive package
  • competitively priced
  • 'tall car' philosophy creates lots of interior space
  • new sedan body style
  • excellent warranty.

Model Review

The 2008 Suzuki SX4 comes in two distinct body styles--the popular hatchback crossover with standard three-mode intelligent all-wheel drive (iAWD), and a new sedan called the Sport. Each is powered by Suzuki's all-aluminum 143-horsepower 2.0L I4 and comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional.

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Flash Drive: 2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport

Source: MSN Autos

Suzuki has done a great job of proving that an inexpensive car does not have to be just basic transportation. The SX4 Sport not only looks good with its 17-inch alloy wheels and body-color honeycomb grille, it's actually fun to drive. No, it won't win a drag race, but with adequate power, a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual and decent handling, the SX4 can definitely hold its own against the competition. Interior trim materials are of a higher quality than expected, seats both front and back are quite comfortable, and there's a spacious trunk. The best part of all - all this is available for just $15,700! With multiple airbags and ABS standard, the SX4 is an excellent choice for that first time car buyer. - Perry Stern

Emblazoned on the test car's key tag were the words "SX4 Sport Convenience," the latter two an automotive oxymoron if ever I've heard one. Flashing on the blacked-out honeycomb grille before swinging into the driver's seat, I was impressed by the SX4 Sport's little-yet-large presence, confirmed inside by a clean dash layout, tight fit & finish, and ergonomic control placements: everything fell to hand. Turning the key and hitting the gas confirmed my suspicions: This utilitarian sedan possesses a sporty undertone that can slap a smile on your face, all for around 15 grand. With such a strong list of standard features on the SX4 Sport I have to agree with the ad copywriters: Look out Toyota and Honda, there's a new econoboxer in town. - Eric Bellscheidt

A surprisingly good looking car, the new Suzuki SX4 Sport delivers the fuel efficiency needed from a compact car at just over $15,000, while proving that a compact doesn't have to be boring. Retaining the tall stance of the 5-door SX4, the 4-door sport includes a body kit, black grille and 17-inch alloy wheels to give it a look that makes it fun to drive. With only 143 horsepower on tap, a little more power would be nice but drop the 5-speed manual down a gear when needed to climb hills, and real-world combined fuel economy is close to 30 mpg. The sporty feel and great value both continue on the inside with automatic air conditioning, MP3-capable audio system, aluminum trim and a leather-wrapped wheel that includes audio controls. For a little bit of style and fun to go with good fuel economy, the SX4 Sport is a great choice. - Mike Meredith

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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4-Wheel ABS Std
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