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2000 Suzuki Esteem

$2,109 — $5,189 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
29-33 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Esteem is the Suzuki Swift's bigger brother, a larger car with more interior space and more-powerful four-cylinder engines, including a new 1.8-liter. Unlike the Swift, which Suzuki shares with Chevrolet, the Esteem is exclusive to Suzuki dealers. Also unlike the Swift, which is built in Canada, the Esteem hails from Japan.

Interior
All models seat five with the usual two front buckets and a folding rear seat. Standard equipment includes some items not expected in this price range: air conditioning, a cassette player and rear defogger. GLX models add power locks, windows and mirrors.

Exterior
The Esteem sedan is 166 inches long, 17 inches longer than the Swift but 9 inches shorter than the Honda Civic sedan. The Esteem also is wider than the Swift by nearly 4 inches and 4.5 inches longer in wheelbase. GLX models differ from base GL versions with standard alloy wheels and 15-inch tires instead of 14-inch. Esteem also is available as a station wagon.

Under the Hood
At the start of the model year, Esteem came with a 1.6-liter engine with 95 horsepower. Starting on Nov. 19, a new 1.8-liter with 122 horsepower became standard. Both engines are available with manual or automatic transmission.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide
Vehicle Overview
Esteem is the Suzuki Swift's bigger brother, a larger car with more interior space and more-powerful four-cylinder engines, including a new 1.8-liter. Unlike the Swift, which Suzuki shares with Chevrolet, the Esteem is exclusive to Suzuki dealers. Also unlike the Swift, which is built in Canada, the Esteem hails from Japan.

Interior
All models seat five with the usual two front buckets and a folding rear seat. Standard equipment includes some items not expected in this price range: air conditioning, a cassette player and rear defogger. GLX models add power locks, windows and mirrors.

Exterior
The Esteem sedan is 166 inches long, 17 inches longer than the Swift but 9 inches shorter than the Honda Civic sedan. The Esteem also is wider than the Swift by nearly 4 inches and 4.5 inches longer in wheelbase. GLX models differ from base GL versions with standard alloy wheels and 15-inch tires instead of 14-inch. Esteem also is available as a station wagon.

Under the Hood
At the start of the model year, Esteem came with a 1.6-liter engine with 95 horsepower. Starting on Nov. 19, a new 1.8-liter with 122 horsepower became standard. Both engines are available with manual or automatic transmission.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(3.6)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(3.0)

Reliable and gets the job done

by Batman from MI on July 27, 2017

Meets my needs and gets me from point a to point b. It holds up for being a 2000 car. Reliable simply. Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable and good on gas.

by cipher1O1 from Detroit on May 20, 2017

This is my daily commuter, never fails, great on gas. Its kinda ugly but if you need a car to go from A to B for cheap then look no further. Read full review

Safety

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The 2000 Suzuki Esteem currently has 0 recalls


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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 Esteem 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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