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The Suzuki SX4 Crossover is a 4-door compact hatchback that originally debuted in the United States for the 2007 model year. The vehicle replaced the now discontinued Suzuki Aerio. In various parts of the world, the vehicle has been rebadged by Fiat and is sold as the Fiat Sedici. The SX4 competes with other subcompact vehicles, including the Honda Fit, Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent.

The Suzuki SX4 Crossover shares its underpinnings with the Suzuki SX4 Sport and Suzuki Swift, which is sold internationally. This car-like structure is combined with an SUV-inspired exterior that delivers a sporty, rugged appearance. The vehicle is rather tall considering its short length. Overall dimensions include a length of 162.8 inches, width of 69.1 inches and height of 63.2 inches.

Inside, the 4-door design seats up to five passengers. Quality materials and a straightforward and simple design are intended to be both user-friendly and visually appealing. The high roof provides ample headroom, with a total of 39.6 inches for front passengers and 37.5 inches for rear passengers. Total cargo volume is 14.3 cubic feet with the rear seat up. For additional space, the rear seat can be folded or removed for a maximum cargo space of 54.3 cubic feet.

Suzuki SX4 Crossover Trim Levels

The Suzuki SX4 features one trim level in three packages – base, Convenience and Touring. The base package comes standard with air conditioning, split folding rear seat, full power accessories, tilt steering wheel, stereo system with CD/MP3 player, rear wiper/washer, roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Convenience package adds automatic climate control, cruise control, heated mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls.

The top-of-the-line Touring package rounds out the lineup with the addition of keyless ignition, fog lights and upgraded stereo system with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer. Available optional equipment includes satellite radio and an iPod adapter.

Suzuki SX4 Crossover Performance

The Suzuki SX4 Crossover is limited to one engine option – a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder setup that delivers 143 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 136 lb-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. All packages come standard with all-wheel drive and can be had with either a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. The 5-speed manual delivers EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The 4-speed automatic fares slightly better, with 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Suzuki SX4 Crossover Safety

Standard safety features available on all SX4 Crossover packages include dual front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights. The Touring package adds traction control and an antiskid system. In NHTSA crash tests the hatchback received a perfect 5-star rating in the category of driver side impact. For all other categories, the SX4 Crossover was awarded four stars.

The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is a carryover from 2008, with the exception of the elimination of the Convenience trim. The 2009 SX Crossover is available in base, the new Technology Package and top of the line Touring Package trims. Each features the same 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 143 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission are the gearbox options. All-wheel drive is optional on the first two trims, while the Touring Package comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. Fuel economy with front-wheel and the manual transmission installed is rated at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway.