• (2.5) 6 reviews
  • Available Prices: $1,078–$7,642
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Engine: 127-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Suzuki Reno

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Suzuki Reno

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Styling by Italdesign
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Five-speed manual
  • Optional four-speed automatic

2008 Suzuki Reno Reviews

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

(2.5)

Average based on 6 reviews

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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

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Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

84mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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