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By Rick Popely
December 1, 1999
Vehicle Overview Other than an expanded color palette, the minicompact Swift is unchanged for 2000. Swift is similar to the Chevrolet Metro, and both are built at a Canadian plant jointly owned by Suzuki and General Motors. GM owns a stake in Suzuki, and the two companies also share the Suzuki Vitara/Chevy Tracker sport utility vehicle.
Interior Though Suzuki says Swift holds four, the rear seat is tight for anyone taller than 5-foot 8-inches, and there is little room for climbing in and out of the back seat. Suzuki lists cargo volume at a modest 8.4 cubic feet, but the rear seatback folds for additional room. Swift comes in GA and GS price levels, and air conditioning comes only on the more-expensive GS.
Exterior Swift is a two-door hatchback, and at 149.4 inches stem to stern, it is one of the shortest cars available in the United States about 15 inches shorter than a Honda Civic hatchback.
Under the Hood The 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine produces 79 horsepower and yields EPA-estimated fuel economy of 36 city/42 highway with the standard manual transmission. EPA ratings fall to 30 city/34 highway with the optional automatic transmission, but Swift is among the highest-rated gasoline-powered cars on the market.
Performance With a starting price of $9,099 and great fuel economy, Swift is easy on the wallet. However, the tiny dimensions limit its appeal, which shows in low resale value. Ditto for the Chevy Metro.