Suzuki just announced pricing for its new SX4 compact car and XL7 midsize crossover. The SX4 is an all-new four-door hatchback with all-wheel drive and starts at $14,999. The XL7 is redesigned for 2007 and starts at $22,899. The car-based SUV will hit showrooms later this fall, but the SX4 is arriving at dealerships now.
The company’s press release says the SX4 is the most affordable all-wheel-drive car in its segment, but right now we can’t find a single AWD vehicle in our database that starts for less. The SX4 has a 143-hp four-cylinder engine and includes standard side-impact and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels and power windows. There’s also a Sport trim that adds traction and stability control, cruise control, a more powerful stereo and exterior enhancements for a starting MSRP of $16,399. Mileage comes in at 23/28 mpg city/highway for the manual transmission and 24/30 mpg for the automatic. That might not be as high as other compacts, but the assurance of an all-wheel-drive system also means lesser fuel economy.
We haven’t driven a SX4 yet, but after years of dissecting press releases it looks loaded to us. Hopefully the driving experience will live up to the impressive specs.