Search Cars for Sale

Autotrader Find: Really Nice 1996 Suzuki X-90

This is the nicest Suzuki X-90 in existence. Maybe. What you see here is a 1996 Suzuki X90, finished in red with oh-so-characteristic 1990s side graphics, featuring 4-wheel drive and a manual transmission. It’s also traveled just 108,000 miles, and it looks like it hasn’t even gone that far, with a nice body and interior. And it’s for sale on Autotrader.

Offered by The Auto Livery in the Cincinnati area, this X-90 really is perfect, as X-90 models go — and it isn’t saddled with 2-wheel drive to limit its capabilities or an automatic to limit its performance. Perhaps its biggest problem is the fact that it’s an X-90, a car few people know about, which will likely hamper efforts to sell it.

So what is an X-90? Everyone knows the Suzuki Sidekick, which was sold for many years in North America, and which spawned a Geo version, the Tracker. In the mid-1990s, Suzuki wanted to hop on the growing “fun convertible SUV” bandwagon (think Jeep Wrangler, Kia Sportage 2-door, Toyota RAV4 2-door, Land Rover Defender) with their own option, so they created the X-90: A smaller, less practical, more playful Sidekick with two seats, t-tops and, oddly, a trunk.

Even though Suzuki sold the X-90 globally, it wasn’t a huge seller anywhere — and the experiment ended after just three model years (1995-1997). It’s not common to see an X-90 anymore in any condition, let alone one that’s this nice — and while this one is pricey at $9,995, it also truly is likely one of the best examples left. A great find for the Suzuki X-90 connoisseur.

Here’s Why the Original Tesla Roadster Was a Total Failure
Here’s Why the Pagani Huayra Is Worth $3 Million
Which Cars Do Doug DeMuro and Tyler Hoover Want to Own Most?

Sign up for Autotrader newsletters

The best cars and best deals delivered to your inbox

Email Address 

By subscribing, you agree to our privacy policy

Where You Can Buy

Loading dealers...


  1. I knew someone who had one of these… It was a 5spd manual, that seriously SCREAMED for a 6th gear.  At highway speeds, (around 100KM/h) the car was pushing 5000 rpm…and many was it loud and thrashy inside.  On a positive note, the heater was so hot , it could actually melt your boots.

    • I had a 96 4wd 5 speed and it would hit 90+mph in 5th gear before wind resistance took the win. I think your 100kmh at 5k rpm is really reaching. Pretty sure redline was 6500….

  2. I was once given a new one of these as a loaner. My wife and I thought it was really weird and we were so relieved to get back in our Subaru SVX…true story.

Leave a Comment

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

Most Popular Articles

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Look

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid jumps to the head of the hybrid class.

Best Truck Deals: June 2022

These are the best deals on trucks for the month of June 2022.

Here Are 5 Great 1980s Performance Cars for Sale on Autotrader

Looking for a fun 1980s car? Look no further.

Search By Style

More Articles Like This