2006 Suzuki Aerio

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Suzuki Aerio. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    155-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Ride comfort
  • Price
  • Interior space
  • Fun to drive

The Bad

  • Unusual appearance
  • Some engine noise
  • Resale value, especially with 2WD

Notable Features of the 2006 Suzuki Aerio

  • 155-hp, 2.3-liter four-cylinder
  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • Available AWD
  • Manual or automatic
  • Upright profile
  • Standard ABS for 2006

2006 Suzuki Aerio Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Suzuki introduced a new four-door, front-wheel-drive sport sedan named the Aerio, along with a related Aerio SX hatchback, in March 2002. Both cars have an unconventional appearance that places them uniquely in the marketplace.

All-wheel drive became available for the 2003 model year, and a new 2.3-liter four-cylinder that develops 155 horsepower was installed in 2004.

A mild face-lift for 2005 gave the Aerio a new front bumper, grille and fog lamps. A new analog instrument panel was installed, and audio and climate controls on the steering wheel were included. Side-impact airbags became standard.

Suzuki has adopted a simplified model strategy for 2006. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are newly standard, and a new CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers is installed. Suzuki's QuadGrip all-wheel drive is now available for all models.
(Skip to details on the: Aerio SX)


Exterior
More upright than most small cars, Aerio sedans now come in a single trim level, but a Premium Package is offered. Design features such as pronounced wheel flares and multireflector headlights enhance the Aerio's sporty image. A stubby, ground-hugging snout incorporates a body-colored bumper.

Both body styles ride a 97.6-inch wheelbase, but at 171.3 inches long overall, the sedan is nearly 5 inches longer than the SX hatchback. Large doors are intended to ease entry and exit. Heated mirrors are included on all-wheel-drive models.


Interior
Each Aerio seats up to ...
Vehicle Overview
Suzuki introduced a new four-door, front-wheel-drive sport sedan named the Aerio, along with a related Aerio SX hatchback, in March 2002. Both cars have an unconventional appearance that places them uniquely in the marketplace.

All-wheel drive became available for the 2003 model year, and a new 2.3-liter four-cylinder that develops 155 horsepower was installed in 2004.

A mild face-lift for 2005 gave the Aerio a new front bumper, grille and fog lamps. A new analog instrument panel was installed, and audio and climate controls on the steering wheel were included. Side-impact airbags became standard.

Suzuki has adopted a simplified model strategy for 2006. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are newly standard, and a new CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers is installed. Suzuki's QuadGrip all-wheel drive is now available for all models.
(Skip to details on the: Aerio SX)


Exterior
More upright than most small cars, Aerio sedans now come in a single trim level, but a Premium Package is offered. Design features such as pronounced wheel flares and multireflector headlights enhance the Aerio's sporty image. A stubby, ground-hugging snout incorporates a body-colored bumper.

Both body styles ride a 97.6-inch wheelbase, but at 171.3 inches long overall, the sedan is nearly 5 inches longer than the SX hatchback. Large doors are intended to ease entry and exit. Heated mirrors are included on all-wheel-drive models.


Interior
Each Aerio seats up to five occupants on front buckets and a split, folding rear seat. The tall roofline allows a high seating position. The sedan's trunk holds up to 14.6 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, a tachometer, a tilt steering wheel with integrated audio controls, intermittent wipers, remote keyless entry, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The Premium Package adds cruise control, a six-CD changer with seven speakers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, color-keyed mirrors and door handles, fog lamps and 15-inch alloy wheels.


Under the Hood
The Aerio's 2.3-liter four-cylinder generates 155 hp and 152 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. All-wheel-drive models come only with the automatic.

Safety
Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, daytime running lights and child-safety seat tether anchors are standard.

Driving Impressions
In construction quality, performance and handling, the Aerio took a big step forward compared with Suzuki's old Esteem. It's more fun to drive than most small cars, and the Aerio easily whips around urban areas. Acceleration is satisfying, and the automatic transmission functions without harshness or undue delay. Engine noise is noticeable during acceleration.

The Aerio is easy to steer and control, and it breezes through corners and moderate curves. A light feel on the highway yields acceptable stability, but the Aerio doesn't feel quite as secure as some other compacts. Its ride quality is impressive even on patched urban pavement, but imperfect surfaces can produce harsh suspension reactions.

Visibility is very good. All seats are comfortable and snugly bolstered. Space in both the front and rear seats is abundant.


Aerio SX
Billed as a "sport crossover model," the youth-oriented Aerio SX straddles two vehicle categories: hatchback and wagon. The SX model has a rear spoiler and a liftgate that's close to vertical. Measuring 166.5 inches long overall, the SX is equipped with 15-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels.

The Aerio SX includes a cargo cover and can hold up to 63.7 cubic feet of cargo when the rear seats are folded. Standard equipment is similar to the Aerio sedan's. All-wheel drive and a Premium Package are available. In nearly all respects, the driving experience in the SX is identical to that of the sedan.

For car enthusiasts, Suzuki also offers an SX SWT model that includes carbon-fiber-look B-pillar trim and body graphics, dramatic interior lighting and other extras. Back to top



Latest 2006 Aerio Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Good car for teen driver

by ToddSLC from Taylorsville, UT on July 11, 2018

For a high mileage used car so far it drives smooth, still looks good and bad good road vision. The best thing is the head room and taller seats. You don't feel like you're sitting on the ground. Read full review

(5.0)

So dependable, put off replacing.

by Sandra from Cramerton, NC on February 27, 2018

Fun to drive, easy to get around in and so dependable. I kept the car because it is in such great shape, the dealer could not give me enough for what it is worth. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Suzuki Aerio currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Suzuki Aerio has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Aerio received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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