Suzuki SX4 Review
The 2013 Suzuki SX4 ranks 36 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Suzuki SX4, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2013 Suzuki SX4 is ranked:
The 2013 Suzuki SX4’s available all-wheel drive is appealing, but other affordable small cars have better fuel economy ratings and more standard features.
2013 is the last model year for Suzuki automobiles in the U.S., which may pose problems for owners down the road. One reviewer says that resale values could suffer, while maintenance and parts availability could also be affected. If you are considering the 2013 Suzuki SX4, keep in mind that its safety score is also low for the class.
The Suzuki SX4 sedan, Sportback hatchback and Crossover have a four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower. Most reviewers say it delivers good acceleration, as long as it’s paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission. When the SX4 is equipped with the optional continuously variable transmission, critics think the SX4’s engine accelerates loudly and roughly. The SX4’s fuel economy ratings aren’t very good for a small car. With the CVT, the sedan gets an EPA-estimated 25/32 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Crossover models have standard all-wheel drive, and average 23/29 mpg, which is also poor. Most reviewers are impressed with the SX4’s strong brakes and sharp steering, and they really like that parking the SX4 is simple.
The 2013 SX4 has seat belts for five, and reviewers say its cabin is spacious. They report that its second-row seats are suitable for two adults. They also like the front seats, which offer a tall driving position and plenty of headroom, though one reviewer thinks there isn’t enough leg space. Both the sedan and hatchback models offer a lot of cargo space for the class. Like most affordable small cars, critics find that the Suzuki SX4 is made with some chintzy interior materials. The SX4 also doesn’t have many standard features for the class. It comes with a stereo, but features like a USB port, Bluetooth and a navigation system are optional. According to reviewers, the interior controls are easy to use. However, more than one critic dislikes the navigation system, which is located high on the dashboard and has a small screen, which makes it hard to read and reach.
- "SX4 is roomy, solid, sporty, and offers a lot of features for the money. Fuel economy, noise suppression, and engine refinement trail most class rivals." -- Consumer Guide
- "Overall, except for the transmission, the SX4 feels fairly sporty and fun, with ample interior space." -- AutoWeek (Crossover, 2011)
- "While the … Suzuki SX4 still remains a good value, a number of newer and more enticing compact sedan and hatchback competitors make it hard to recommend." -- Edmunds (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
If you’re looking for an affordable small car with standard all-wheel drive, the Subaru Impreza has it. The Impreza also has better fuel economy than the SX4 Crossover. The Subaru Impreza is also available in sedan and hatchback body styles, which have spacious interiors and good cargo space, though the Impreza sedan has less cargo space than the SX4 sedan.
According to reviewers, the Nissan Juke is fun to drive, and its turbocharged engine generates more power than the SX4 Crossover. All-wheel drive isn’t standard on the Juke, but it is optional. The Juke comes with a few compromises. It has less cargo and rear passenger space than the SX4, and it also requires premium fuel.
Details: 2013 Suzuki SX4
The five-seat 2013 SX4 is available as a sedan, SportBack hatchback and Crossover. The Crossover comes with all-wheel drive, and is the only model in the SX4 lineup that has this feature. Each model has a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission is optional. The base SX4 sedan has few standard features, but a USB port, Bluetooth and navigation system are optional. Since the Suzuki SX4 hasn’t changed a lot in recent years, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 to 2013 model years.