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Pros: volume on the steering wheel
Cons: the way it drove in rain and snow and the way the horn was situated
Advice: Keep looking around--don't let the appearance fool youI loved this car in the summer, but where I'm from, the winters are brutal and I need a car with good traction when the snow would stick. The Forenza was my worst nightmare, and it spun out from behind me many times, even when I was going very slow. Great for zipping around town if you live somewhere sunny all year long, but if you expect weather like rain and snow at all, I would not recommend this car. Traded it in for the Subaru Impreza.
Pros: Pretty much everything.
Cons: I do wish it got just a bit better gas mileage.
Advice: BUY ONE!I LOVE my Suzi!!! I have never been so happy with a car. This little thing has more room and power than anybody expects. It also handles really well. It also holds up VERY VERY well to rear end impact! While going about 45 mph I was hit from behind by a truck going approx. 70 mph It felt like he just bounced off of my bumper. I couldn't believe how little damage there was! If I was going out today to buy a new car it would most likely be another Reno.
Cons: small gas tank; lackluster gas mileage
Advice: Be prepared to visit the gas station more than normal because of the small gas tank.The acceleration and gas mileage could be better, but then I remind myself that it's an AWD vehicle and heavier than your average subcompact. I call it my BABYSUV. So far, there aren't a lot of them on the road where I live, so I get that 'head-turning' effect when I'm driving. I like that! I am sure I will appreciate it even more when it snows.......
Cons: Gas mileage
Advice: take into account the EPA ratings on the sticker mean nothingIt's a great little car....except.... it's to heavy for the small engine, so gas mileage is rather pathetic, that and the teenie weenie gas tank have you getting to know the gas station clerk quite well. It's relatively inexpensive to buy, but remember the xm ready radio will cost you about 550 us dollars at the Suzuki dealer to get XM.
Pros: spacious back seat
Cons: no sunroof
Advice: only get it if you fall completely in love with it the first time you look at it, not drive itthe test drive was great but after the car was purchased it started falling apart little by little
Pros: Keyless entry/start
Cons: No arm rest and the gas tank is to small
Advice: Give it a shot. You won't be dissapointed.I have had the SX4 for about 2 weeks and I'm really glad I made the purchase. I have been averaging 27 mpg. I like the 3-mode AWD. The best thing is you don't need a key to open or start the vehicle just place the transmiter in your pocket and thats it,no fumbling with remotes or keys. The sound system is great, it really kicks out the tunes. It is comfortable enough to take on long trips and is just a fun car to drive. This car is also loaded with every saftey feature you can think of.
Cons: wish mileage was better than 27 mpg
Advice: bargain - they'll sell for under 10K easilyFun to drive and handles well. Good pickup and very maneuverable in traffic at all speeds. Good warranty, tires for life, excellent service from dealership.