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2008 Suzuki Reno

$599 — $7,191 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(2.5) 6 reviews

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Maneuverability
  • Generally quiet operation
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Performance with manual gearbox

The Bad

  • Acceleration with automatic
  • Rear visibility
  • Body roll
  • Brake-pedal and shifter feel

What to Know

about the 2008 Suzuki Reno
  • Styling by Italdesign
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Five-speed manual
  • Optional four-speed automatic

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
When the Reno debuted as a 2005 model, Suzuki said its new crossover hatchback was aimed at "versatility-seeking buyers of all ages." Suzuki claimed the Reno delivered "the style and sportiness of a European sedan" with the functionality of a five-door hatchback. Reno competitors include the Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Toyota Matrix.

Offered in a single trim level for 2008, the five-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback was designed by Italdesign in Italy. The Reno's option packages have been revised, and all-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are optional. For 2008, the Reno now has Bluetooth compatibility.


Exterior
Compact in size, the Reno hatchback has almond-shaped headlights that flank a grille sporting the Suzuki logo. What Suzuki calls "muscular" wheel arches surround 15-inch steel wheels. Wraparound taillights bring up the rear.

Suzuki highlights the Reno's "gracefully rising style lines and athletically refined side profile." The door handles are color-keyed, and the car has protective bodyside moldings. Heated power mirrors are standard. Built on a 102.4-inch wheelbase, the Reno is 169.1 inches long overall and 56.9 inches tall.


Interior
Suzuki says the five-occupant Reno has more front and rear legroom than the Mazda3 or Matrix. Three head restraints are fitted to a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Standard seating surfaces in the two-tone interior are cloth-upholstered.

Speed-sensitive power steering is standard, and the ...
Vehicle Overview
When the Reno debuted as a 2005 model, Suzuki said its new crossover hatchback was aimed at "versatility-seeking buyers of all ages." Suzuki claimed the Reno delivered "the style and sportiness of a European sedan" with the functionality of a five-door hatchback. Reno competitors include the Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Toyota Matrix.

Offered in a single trim level for 2008, the five-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback was designed by Italdesign in Italy. The Reno's option packages have been revised, and all-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are optional. For 2008, the Reno now has Bluetooth compatibility.


Exterior
Compact in size, the Reno hatchback has almond-shaped headlights that flank a grille sporting the Suzuki logo. What Suzuki calls "muscular" wheel arches surround 15-inch steel wheels. Wraparound taillights bring up the rear.

Suzuki highlights the Reno's "gracefully rising style lines and athletically refined side profile." The door handles are color-keyed, and the car has protective bodyside moldings. Heated power mirrors are standard. Built on a 102.4-inch wheelbase, the Reno is 169.1 inches long overall and 56.9 inches tall.


Interior
Suzuki says the five-occupant Reno has more front and rear legroom than the Mazda3 or Matrix. Three head restraints are fitted to a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Standard seating surfaces in the two-tone interior are cloth-upholstered.

Speed-sensitive power steering is standard, and the driver's seat has height and lumbar adjustments. Cargo capacity when the backseat is upright measures 8.8 cubic feet, expanding to a maximum of 45.4 cubic feet.

Standard equipment includes a CD/MP3 stereo, air conditioning, a rear-window defroster, and power windows, locks and heated mirrors. Suzuki's Convenience Package adds steering-wheel controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry and an alarm system.


Under the Hood
Suzuki's 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 127 horsepower and 127 pounds-feet of torque. Either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission can be installed.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are optional with Suzuki's Convenience Package. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard.

Driving Impressions
Manual-shift Renos provide spirited performance. Well-matched gear ratios and a mannerly clutch make smooth takeoffs easy.

Nimble around town, the Reno zips around corners with zest. The ride is surprisingly pleasant even on lumpy city streets. Other than very slight engine buzz when accelerating at low speeds, the Reno is quiet. The brakes have a spongy feel, and the gearshift is a bit rubbery.

Front-seat space is abundant. The outer rear seats are adequate but snug, and the center rear position is a high, hard perch — though it's not the worst in a small car. The gauges are simple but adequate, and the radio controls are hard to decipher. Head restraints partially block the rearward view. Cargo space is essentially a covered well.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

2.5
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(2.3)
Interior Design
(3.0)
Comfort
(2.8)
Reliability
(2.5)
Value For The Money
(2.8)
(4.0)

Well priced, economical car

by cshelly06 from Delaware, OH on June 4, 2017

Very well priced, good warranty, good mpg, needed quite a bit of warranty covered service, once the expired the car was/is a paperweight in my driveway Read full review

(1.0)

What a disaster!

by Jenna from Medford, NJ on February 8, 2017

Paid cash 5 years ago for a Reno with less than 20k miles. Just use it as an around town kinda car. Has approx 80,000 miles now, I've had to replace the engine, the transmission, the radiator, and ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2008 Suzuki Reno currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Suzuki Reno 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 Reno 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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