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Pros: Drives very smoothly.
Advice: Compare it with the competition, can't bet the value of this car.Very fun to drive! 'Best Pick' by www.highwaysafety.org, for safety! Very economical on gas. Low emissions, better than what is required(CA). JD POWER best value award, it is very similar to the Toyota Matrix or Pontiac Vibe, but, it costs thousands less! It has many standard features, most of which the competitors charge as options. If you are in the market for a small car, try it and you'll be glad you did. Looks cool, too!
Pros: Appearance & gas mileage
Cons: Cant see the front of the hood
Advice: Dont hesitate-buy itIt has a very responsive & quick pick up has nice turning radius,I get plenty of stares & (what kind of car is that)-It is the first smaller car i have owned & I love it. Highly recomend it.Plenty of cargo space even for my wheel chair,with the back seats left up.
Pros: Exterior styling with interior room
Cons: Driver's seat
Advice: Try both front wheel and AWD before buying. Look at difference in milage and evaluate if it is worth it. My experience was the front wheel stuck to the road very well in snow. AWD was better, but may not warrent the sticker markup and reduction in MPGI bought a yellow 2003 Aerio SX with AWD and automatic. After driving the front wheel drive version, I am not sure the AWD is worth the extra money or the loss of gas miliage. You give up a little of that pick and go at a stop light too. I had a sunroof added at the dealership and added an armrest after driving a few thousand miles and realizing the seats were not so comfortable on long trips. Overall, I love the car. People always ask me about it in parking lots. The in dash 6 CD is great. The car is so roomy. My kids like the back seat because they can see out and the doors are wide enough to get carseats in and out with ease. The back opens to hold more cargo than I thought possible in a car of this size. The 7/100,000 protection plan is great as is the Roadside assitance plan for free. Do the research, I got mine with sunroof, automatic, and AWD for $16,005 ... well below sticker. My suggestions to the Suzuki: Factory Sunroof option. Better driver seats.
Pros: Price, suburban driveability, loaded with features, likeable.
Cons: The driver needs a bit more cubby space
Advice: Shop around. Good discounts as of 3/03After months of car internet reading I had overlooked the Aerio SX. I saw one parked and it caught my eye. It met my 'specs'. Economical yet peppy, well featured, powerful A/C, 4 wheel indep. suspension, somewhat 'sporty', roomy & versatile, a great 6CD/radio/ a bit more style than Camry/Elantra/Malibu, etc. Style is quite subjective. The pros aren't impressed, but everyone I know loves it.
Pros: Sitting height of car
Cons: Cruise control
Advice: Compare to similarly featured Matrix and ProtegeThis is a fun car w/ loads of standard extras, i.e., 6 CD changer, power windows, power locks, cruise, rear de-froster/wipers, adjdustable height driver seat. All of this in a roomy little car w/ a quick engine, excellent for around town trips. I love to drive this car and so does my wife. My wife, 2 kids (in car seats) and our 'stuff' can easily fit in this car for a day outing. T
Pros: comfort while driving
Cons: location of cruise control
Advice: it's an excellent valueI am extremely pleased with my Aerio. I purchased it in April and have not had any problems at all. I have driven it to Minden Nevada, and though the elevation is some 7000' it had no problem at all on the grade. Turns handle well and the manual tranny makes it fun to drive.
Pros: interior space/driving position
Cons: position of cruise control/defroster/rear wiper switches
Advice: Test drive both the automatic and the manual, then decide.Sitting in the back seat first, I immediately noticed the generous amount of interior space. Moving to the front seat, the driving position is supportive and comfortable, with good visibility. The digital instrument cluster is reminiscent of 1980's cars. Fit and finish are good overall, and the vehicle comes well equipped. ABS, floor mats, and an automatic transmission are the only options. There's plenty of power on tap from the 2.0-liter four, but the automatic transmission slightly blunts its performance. Unique styling receives admiring looks and positive comments that the Esteem could only dream of.