The Suzuki Reno is a compact hatchback that debuted in the United States for the 2004 model year and was discontinued following the 2008 model year. The vehicle, along with the Suzuki Forenza, replaced the Daewoo Nubira after Daewoo left the North American market in 2002. The Reno directly competes with value-oriented hatchbacks and sedans such as the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Fit and Scion xB.

The Suzuki Reno shares much of its architecture and design with the Suzuki Forenza. Rounded exterior edges and slanted headlights give the hatchback a sporty feel. The 4-door design allows for easy entry for rear passengers. The European-inspired design helps distinguish the vehicle from the competition. Overall dimensions include a length of 169.1 inches, width of 67.9 inches and height of 56.9 inches.

Inside, the Suzuki Reno feels larger than the small dimensions would imply. The vehicle offers a roomy interior for up to five passengers. Front and rear headroom are 39.1 inches and 38 inches, respectively. Maximum legroom is 42 inches in the front and 36.7 inches in the rear. Quality plastics and clear gauges dominate the dashboard. The large hatchback liftgate is intended to allow easy loading and unloading of cargo. A total of 45.4 cubic feet of storage space is available.

Suzuki Reno Trim Levels

Two trim levels – base and Convenience – are available for the Suzuki Reno. The base model includes standard features that are typically found on more expensive vehicles. Notable inclusions are air conditioning, interior air filter, driver's seat height and lumbar adjustment, stereo system with CD/MP3 player, power windows and locks, 15-inch wheel covers, rear defogger and rear wiper/washer. The Convenience package adds steering wheel mounted radio controls, cruise control and remote keyless entry.

Suzuki Reno Performance

The Suzuki Reno comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that outputs 127 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 131 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. Suzuki offers no engine upgrades. A 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission are both available.

In relation to other vehicles in its class, the Reno offers only average fuel economy. The 5-speed manual offers EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The 4-speed automatic retains the 20 mpg on the highway, but drops to 19 mpg in the city.

Suzuki Reno Safety

The Suzuki Reno offers only basic safety features. Dual front airbags, front side airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes and daytime running lights are all standard. Antilock brakes are available as an optional upgrade. In government crash tests, the NHTSA handed out mediocre scores to the Reno, awarding a 4-star rating in all categories.