2012 Suzuki SX4

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2012 Suzuki SX4
2012 Suzuki SX4

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Sporty-yet-supple suspension tuning
  • Front and rear headroom
  • Low-price AWD (Crossover hatchback)

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Some roughly finished cabin pieces
  • Front roof pillar limits visibility

6 trims

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Notable features

  • Sedan or hatchback
  • FWD or AWD
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Standard rear side-impact airbags
  • Available navigation system

2012 Suzuki SX4 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat 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 cars like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda3.

New for 2012
An electronic stability system is standard for 2012. The available navigation system has also been upgraded.  

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 15-inch steel wheels; 16- and 17-inch wheels available
  • Standard power windows, side mirrors and locks
  • Available body kit   

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

  • Standard driver and front-passenger armrests
  • Standard tilt steering wheel
  • Available CD stereo
  • Available air conditioning
  • Available cruise control
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available heated front seats

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:

  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Available continuously variable automatic transmission
  • 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder (148 hp with the CVT)

Standard safety features include:

  • Electronic stability system
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for front and rear rows
  • Side curtain airbags


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Fantastic little car.

@197,000 miles this little beast keeps trucking. It's as reliable as a Corolla and the AWD works great. My average MPG is 29 . This car has exceeded every expectation and I'm sad that it has been discontinued.


My Best Friend

Alright, I was not expecting to fall in love with this Suzuki. My beauty isn’t much when it comes to looks, but she’s fast as I need her to be, handles the ice well even though I only have front wheel drive, and has never given me any issues that weren’t considered routine maintenance. She’s taken me on some of my most meaningful journeys in life and I’m excited to experience the world in this vehicle. I’ve never seen a front-wheel two-wheel drive sedan make it so well off-roasting. She’s inconspicuous enough to get me around places without getting shot or pulled over n fast enough to get me out of places darn quick.


Excellent workhorse!

Meets all needs you can possibly think of. Super compact design with ample space on the inside. This care made incredible sense and was ahead of its time. Fits any parking spot. Smallest AWD to date on the US market. Wish the US customers would've appreciated it more!

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New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
84 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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