2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara - (M5) 4x4
Pros: Loaded with options that the competition couldn't provide at 20K
Cons: Smaller cargo room than others in class... but test drove them all and found a quirk with all of them.
Advice: Your looking to save $, but n ot quality... This is it... Many options. Test drive this before you buy a competitor. If you don't need a great deal of room, you might like it.Exterior is good looking, great metallic paint (red) with side body cladding. Easy step in height with good clear view from all windows with no obstructions. Steering was the best of any test drove; responsive and tight turning circle with little noticed roll to body in turns. Ride is smooth and quiet on city roads. Suspension and frame built to take off-road so a harsh bump is felt a bit more, but thats the trade off for better off road capabilities. 4 wheel drive H on the fly with low 4wd capabilities make it competitive with all other true off road suv's. Seats soft cloth with aluminum trim dash will catch the eye. Once you see the competition at 20k you'll be shocked at what Suzuki has put into the package, you won't have to skimp on those options you want. I got ABS, Alloy, Sub-woofer, power everything & cruise control, still under the price of Escape, Liberty & VUE that all when these options added, priced them out of what I was willing to pay. I did have to give up some room. Cargo space is less than the competition, but if not important element, then you must test this product. The Grand Vitara is the best selling suv in central PA (where I'm writing this from). Good searching!
2003 Suzuki Aerio - S (M5) FWD Sedan
Pros: Great Headroom for a small car.
Cons: A bit of a radio/cd reach.
Advice: You might want to wait a bit to see how the vehicle ages, but if a small car in on your menu I'd consider this one. . . particularly if I were a larger or taller person.I drove this vehicle in the snow in Detroit for a week. Off the Interstate it performed admirable: good traction and nible handling in slippery conditions. Visibility was good and the dash layout - slightly unconventional- was easy to get used to. The service engine soon light would stay on in the cold weather until the engine heated up. The car was slightly sluggish at higher speeds, about what you'd expect from a smaller car. The cabin felt good lot's of room to stretch.
2002 Suzuki XL-7 - Limited (A4) 4x2
Pros: The seating capacity and volume of cargo space.
Cons: Plastic buttons and knobs for unfolding back seats.
Advice: This is a great buy. With 0% interest, it's unbeatable.Ride is excellent both on the freeways and service streets. Paralle parking the vehicle could be a challenging experience. I guess that would be true for most SUV's.
2003 Suzuki XL-7 - LTD (A4) 4x4
Pros: The optional 4 wheel drive/Safety Ratings
Cons: Terrible gas milage and too small of a fuel tank
Advice: Be prepared for frequent trips to the gas station!!This is my first SUV and the drive is very comfortable. The XL-7 is easy to drive and fabulous in the snow. I feel safe and in control when using the 4 w/d option in blizzard conditions. The safety ratings compare great with other SUV's which are priced subtantially higher. The XL-7 does not have all of the bells and whistles of a luxury SUV, but I got what I needed and most of what I wanted in the XL-7 Limited.
2003 Suzuki Aerio - GS (M5) FWD Sedan
Pros: speed on the highway when you nedd it.
Cons: nothing but the price but for a good car i don't mind it's safe to drive
Advice: go check it out there great little carsfor a little car it really has alot of get up and go. getting into small places are so easy . and it looks so small from the outside, but when you sit inside the car it's a different story. you really have so much room. my son has so much room in the back seat to play w/ his toys and the pockets in the back let him keep his favorite toys in the car at all times thanks suzuki for coming out w/ a car so smart.
2002 Suzuki XL-7 - Limited (A4) 4x4
Pros: the perfect size
Cons: no passenger side power door lock button.
Advice: Buy one now before they become noticed and everyone will have oneWe test drove all the SUV's. This one is the ONLY one that has 3 rows of seats, leather, running boards, sunroof, power everything, heated seats and mirrors, full frame, REAL 4wd for $26k. Nothing even comes close. Its small enough to easily park and big enough to carry 5 people + all their lugguge for a weeks vacation in comfort. This truck is the best kept secret in the automotive industry.
2002 Suzuki Aerio SX - (M5)
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