Avg. Price Paid:$4,411 - $5,278
Original MSRP: $14,299 - $17,199
MPG: 25 City / 31 Hwy

2007 Suzuki Aerio Performance

This performance review was written when the 2007 Suzuki Aerio was new.

Reviewers found starting, stopping and cruising acceptable with the 2.3-liter, four-cylinder, DOHC engine. Cars.com notes, "It's more fun to drive than most small cars, and the Aerio easily whips around urban areas. Acceleration is satisfying, and the automatic transmission functions without harshness or undue delay." On the other hand, plenty of reviews note the 2007 Suzuki Aerio's design can cause a top-heavy feel, as the Orlando Sentinel experienced when it writes, "Probably because of its height and low weight, crosswinds affect the Aerio on the highway, making it seem smaller than it is."

Acceleration and Power

Reviews were somewhat mixed on the quality of the 2007 Suzuki's power system. The 2007 Suzuki Aerio comes standard with a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder, 16 valve DOHC engine with 155-horsepower. Kelley Blue Book is one of the reviews to wish for a more "silky" engine, and BusinessWeek is concerned with noise, stating, "in cold-weather, the engine sounded like a tractor before it warmed up. I haven't heard anything like it since starting the old junkers with questionable mufflers that I drove as a student." The Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2007 Suzuki Aerio at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on highways. With all-wheel drive, the EPA rates the Suzuki Aerio at 21 miles per gallon for city, 26 miles per gallon for highway. Several reviews, like NewCars.com's, note that this is below average, along with commenting, "The Suzuki Aerio's fuel tank will need to be replenished slightly more often than the unit in the average compact sedan."

The Aerio is available with a five-speed manual transmission, with a four-speed automatic as an option. Automotive.com is one of the reviews that suggest buyers opt for an automatic, writing, "those downshifts happen instantly and willingly, like a butler who fetches your coffee at the thought of thirst."

Handling and Braking

As with most cars in its class, the 2007 Suzuki Aerio provides independent MacPherson strut-type front and rear suspension, which Automotive.com reports as "composed enough whether traveling 8 mph or 80." Car and Driver also finds a composed suspension system with, "roly-poly suspension makes for a smooth ride," but tempered that with "but is exaggerated by the high seating position." Automobile.com also offers pros and cons. "The Aerio's soft suspension offers a smooth enough ride for freeway commuters but makes the car a little uneasy to drive more aggressively when the road twists and turns."

All models of the 2007 Suzuki Aerio have front-ventilated disc and rear drum brakes, which reviewers were favorable to with all-wheel drive. Nonetheless, reviews like MSN Autos suggest anti-lock brakes' extra cost is "well worth the money."

All-Wheel Drive

To reviewers of the 2007 Suzuki Aerio, one of the most beneficial features is the option for all-wheel drive when taking the Aerio for a spin. BusinessWeek finds this feature "excellent," and noted it's "the cheapest all-wheel drive vehicle on the market." Car and Driver, on the other hand, prefers the more backhanded compliment of this Aerio special, saying the "all-wheel drive is its only positive feature."

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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