2011 Suzuki SX4

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Suzuki SX4. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    150-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Sporty-yet-supple suspension tuning
  • Front and rear headroom
  • Eight standard airbags
  • Standard features for price
  • Low-price AWD (Crossover hatchback)
  • Available navigation system

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Some roughly finished cabin pieces
  • Flimsy front trunk wall
  • Front roof pillar limits visibility

Notable Features of the 2011 Suzuki SX4

  • Sedan or hatchback
  • FWD or AWD
  • Manual or automatic
  • Optional stability system
  • Optional keyless start
  • Standard rear side airbags

2011 Suzuki SX4 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Suzuki SX4 is derived from an established overseas model, the Swift. It's available as a front-drive sedan and SportBack hatchback, and the Crossover hatchback comes with standard all-wheel drive. All compete with other small vehicles such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda3.

New for 2011
All models gain standard rear side airbags, giving the SX4 eight airbags in total. A new Anniversary Edition of the sedan includes 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, remote keyless entry and paddle shifters.  The navigation system, which is standard on higher trim levels, adds Google Search features and traffic and weather information.

Exterior
From the center roof pillar forward, the SX4 Sport sedan is a dead ringer for the SX4 Crossover, featuring the same stylishly assertive face with creased bodywork. The SportBack ditches the Crossover's roof rack for a cleaner profile. The SportBack and Sport sedan also have a lower ride height and firmer suspension than the Crossover. Exterior features include:

  • Four-door sedan or hatchback
  • Standard 16-inch wheels (Crossover)
  • Standard 17-inch wheels (Sport, SportBack)
  • Optional heated side mirrors (Sport)

Interior
The backseat is workable for adults, both in terms of headroom and legroom. The hatchback's backseat is split 60/40 and can be folded flat and tumbled forward to free cargo space. Interior features include:

  • Standard driver and passenger armrests
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Bluetoo...
Vehicle Overview

The Suzuki SX4 is derived from an established overseas model, the Swift. It's available as a front-drive sedan and SportBack hatchback, and the Crossover hatchback comes with standard all-wheel drive. All compete with other small vehicles such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda3.

New for 2011
All models gain standard rear side airbags, giving the SX4 eight airbags in total. A new Anniversary Edition of the sedan includes 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, remote keyless entry and paddle shifters.  The navigation system, which is standard on higher trim levels, adds Google Search features and traffic and weather information.

Exterior
From the center roof pillar forward, the SX4 Sport sedan is a dead ringer for the SX4 Crossover, featuring the same stylishly assertive face with creased bodywork. The SportBack ditches the Crossover's roof rack for a cleaner profile. The SportBack and Sport sedan also have a lower ride height and firmer suspension than the Crossover. Exterior features include:

  • Four-door sedan or hatchback
  • Standard 16-inch wheels (Crossover)
  • Standard 17-inch wheels (Sport, SportBack)
  • Optional heated side mirrors (Sport)

Interior
The backseat is workable for adults, both in terms of headroom and legroom. The hatchback's backseat is split 60/40 and can be folded flat and tumbled forward to free cargo space. Interior features include:

  • Standard driver and passenger armrests
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Bluetooth capability
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional automatic climate control

Under the Hood
All SX4 models use the same engine and transmissions, though the Crossover has standard all-wheel drive and the others come with front-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:

  • 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder with 140 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Available continuously variable automatic transmission with manual-shift control
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

Safety
An electronic stability system is optional on the sedan and standard on the Crossover. Standard features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for front and rear seats
  • Side curtain airbags



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Loving it!

by Jennee from Milwaukee, WI on July 13, 2018

This car is perfect for me! It's cute and reliable. Plus it is all wheel drive--a must for me in the snowy climate I live in. A real winner! Read full review

(4.0)

Great car

by Ajia from Henderson, NC on December 8, 2017

Great commuter car. I was looking for something to get me to and from work and this is it. Meets all my needs Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Suzuki SX4 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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 SX4 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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