Should You Buy a New Suzuki?

By David Thomas  on November 6, 2012

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If you've checked out our story on What You Need to Know about the Suzuki bankruptcy, you might consider buying a new Suzuki if the deal is right.

Below, we break down what we like and what we don't about each of the four Suzuki models still on sale in the U.S., as well as links to recent coverage about each one. No Suzuki models are rated as Best Bets by Cars.com.

We also list how many are in our national inventory as of this writing. Here's a tip: There aren't many, so depending on where you live, a new Suzuki might not be an option for you.

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2012 Suzuki Equator

What We Like

  • 100,000-mile/seven-year powertrain limited warranty
  • Aggressive RMZ-4 off-road model
  • Utility-minded cargo bed
  • Spirited V-6 engine

What We Don't

  • No manual transmission for off-road package or V-6 engine
  • Tow package should be standard on RMZ-4
  • No MP3 jack on base stereo

There are 346 new Equators in Cars.com's national new-car inventory. There are 331 2012 models, 14 2011 models and one 2010 model.

2012 Midsize Shootout: Results (PickupTrucks.com)

 

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2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara

What We Like

  • Good looks
  • Composed ride
  • Steering feel and response

What We Don't

  • Dated interior styling
  • Snug backseat

There are 496 new Grand Vitaras in Cars.com's national new-car inventory. There are 167 2013 models, 295 2012 models, 24 2011 models, four 2010 models and six 2009 models.

2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review (Cars.com)

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2013 Suzuki Kizashi

What We Like

  • Nimble handling
  • Supportive seats
  • Attractive, intuitive dashboard layout

What We Don't

  • Below-average gas mileage

There are 921 new Kizashis in Cars.com’s national new-car inventory. There are 328 2013 models, 517 2012 models, 61 2011 models and 15 2010 models.

2012 Suzuki Kizashi Review (Cars.com)
The $25,000 Family Sedan Shootout

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2013 Suzuki SX4

What We Like

  • Sporty-yet-supple suspension tuning
  • Front and rear headroom
  • Low-price AWD (Crossover hatchback)

What We Don't

  • Fuel economy
  • Some roughly finished cabin pieces
  • Front roof pillar limits visibility

There are 1,875 new SX4s in Cars.com’s national new-car inventory. There are 1,122 2013 models, 700 2012 models, 41 2011 models, seven 2010 models and five 2009 models.


Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David


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