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The Suzuki SX4 Is One of the Most Underrated All-Wheel-Drive Used Cars

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author photo by Will Kinton September 2016

When you think of all-wheel-drive (AWD) used cars, you probably think of Subaru. Unfortunately, Subaru owners hold on to their cars 'til death does them part, which keeps used values ridiculously high. Few people think of the underrated Suzuki SX4, but it was, and remains, a great alternative to the Subaru Impreza -- and it's often half the price on the used market.

Suzuki first released the SX4 to U.S. buyers in 2006 as an entry-level, AWD hatchback at a price $4,000 to $5,000 less than a comparable Subaru Impreza. The SX4 was equipped with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that was good for 143 horsepower. While this number only allowed for a 9.1-second 0-to-60 time and an estimated 23 miles per gallon in combined driving, those numbers more or less matched its AWD competitors. The SX4 could also lock its differential to only the front wheels to improve fuel economy, which the Impreza couldn't do.

The Suzuki never tried to be more than it was, and for that it should be lauded. It's an AWD used car that can easily deal with any weather condition for a price that's easy to swallow. While it may have looked forgettable, it handled competently, carried a perfectly adequate amount of cargo and could comfortably haul four adults around town. The SX4 may not be at the forefront of shoppers' minds, but it carries none of the markings of a bad car. So if you need AWD, you might want to consider an SX4 -- it's one of the best AWD bargains you can find.

Right now, there are 380 Suzuki SX4s on Autotrader with an average price of around $7,600. Meanwhile, Subaru Impreza models with similar mileage can cost up to $5,000 more than a comparable SX4. Sure, the SX4 didn't have Paul Hogan singing its praises, but it will do just fine for anyone who needs AWD on the cheap.

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