December 3, 2015
For years, I had my eye on the SX4 Crossover ever since it was released. And, now, I'm finally a happy, most-satisfied owner of one! It is our second car (our main is 'a 14 Nissan Rogue SL AWD). I, honestly, couldn't be happier with our "Suki."
I was already impressed when I test drove it, enough so to make a purchase. But, as I drive it every day, I like it even more. I continue to be impressed with its: solid, tank-like quality, its amazing/fun/secure handling, its maneuverability and tight turning radius, its impressive pick up/acceleration, it's confident braking, its very comfortable front seats, its amazing visibility, its feature content, its looks, its surprisingly roomy and spacious, airy interior, its great-working climate control/ventilation system (awesome heater, defroster and A/C) and more! Our Suki feels sturdy, well-built and like it'll last us a long time. And, I can't wait to test it out in the snow, up here in the Hudson Valley, NY.
The only reason I don't give it a full 5 stars is because I am picky, and there are a couple of minor things that could be better. For instance: driving range isn't long because of its small fuel tank (about 10 gallons) and mediocre fuel economy (it gets only slightly better city fuel economy as our much larger Rogue, and it has yet to match the Rogue's higher highway fuel economy rating), but I understand it's because its larger and heavier than typical small hatches (which results in its solidity) and it has an AWD system (which consumes more fuel). Also, although it does have an impressively spacious interior, the back seats could have more legroom for my teenage boys (however, the car is small, so there's only so much the engineers could have done). In addition, the steering wheel only tilts and doesn't telescope, and the pedals are a bit too close for my taste, which adds to a slightly awkward driving position - fortunately, acclimation is quick so it's not a big deal and this is more than made-up-for by the super comfy front seats. Additionally, the radio has bad reception, so listening to the radio is pretty annoying - however, listening to the four-speaker system via CD or AUX input delivers impressive-for-the-segment sound.
All-in-all, the SX4 AWD Crossover/Hatchback is an AWESOME buy and an AWESOME little car! We love it and DEFINITELY recommend it! It's a shame Suzuki no longer sells cars here in the U.S. I wish people would stop mindlessly flocking over to Toyota and Honda (and other bigger manufacturers), and consider other name plates - it'll be toward everyone's benefit, and companies, like Suzuki, wouldn't be forced to abandon the US market.