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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: Small size, price
Advice: Short term (less than two years) buy.Front lower bumper is weak and comes apart, the brakes shudder and grind (although they've been replaced 4 times), cd player doesn't work, the steering wheel shudders over 65 mph, the electrical system died and had to be replaced and had to obtain a totally new engine -- all with a little over 3 years of ownership.
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.
Pros: The stereo system
Cons: Everything else
Advice: Stay clear, buyer beware, the trade in value is horrible, ive lost almost 10,000 dollars on it already.I have had my Aerio for less than 2 years and have had to replace my tires 3 times aleady because the way the car is made it wears extremely fast on the rear tires from the outside tread in. Suzuki claims it is a tire problem, and tht the Yokohomo tires that come stock are terrible, but I have had 3 different types of tires on this thing, and they all go bald around 7,000 miles. Also, uncontrollable shaking from the steering wheel above 60 is another common problem myslef and other owners are experiencing. If you want to spend a fortune on new tires all the time, this is the car for you.
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.
Pros: AWD with ESP
Cons: Sub Woofer is cheap
Advice: Try one. You'll like it.Great little car for the money. Handles great. You won't see yourself on every corner. AWD system with ESP works excellent. Pay the extra for the top of the line model. You won't be disapppointed.