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Used Car: 2013 Suzuki SX4 Review

Review Last Updated: 7/16/14

The 2013 Suzuki SX4 has ample cargo space and reviewers said it’s easy to park, but they disliked its noisy powertrain and cheap-looking cabin.

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Equipped with a four-cylinder engine, some test drivers said the 2013 Suzuki SX4 offers acceptable power, while others thought it is sluggish. Most reviewers recommended the standard six-speed manual transmission, saying that it makes the best use of the engine’s power and is easy to row. They said the SX4’s engine is noisy, particularly with the available continuously variable transmission (CVT), which they said slows acceleration. All models come with front-wheel drive except the Crossover, which has standard all-wheel drive. Equipped with the CVT, the 2013 Suzuki SX4 sedan gets an EPA-estimated 25/32 mpg city/highway, which is in line with rivals’ estimates. Reviewers praised the Suzuki SX4’s direct steering and natural brake feel, and said it’s easy to handle and park in tight spaces. Several auto writers acknowledged that the SX4’s ride is firm and can be unpleasant over rough roads, though a few said it’s still comfortable.

The 2013 Suzuki SX4’s cabin lags behind the competition with a dated design and cheap interior materials, some critics said, while others mentioned that interior materials are typical for the class. Reviewers noted that the high-set front seats are supportive and offer great visibility. Rear-seat legroom is adequate for the class, they added. The SX4 is available in sedan, hatchback and crossover body styles. The sedan has one of the largest trunks in the class and the cargo holds in both the hatchback and crossover models are large compared to rivals’. The 2013 SX4 doesn’t have a lot of standard features compared to rival cars and comes with a four-speaker audio system and auxiliary input. Available features include a USB port, Bluetooth and navigation. Test drivers said the navigation system is placed awkwardly on the dash and has a small screen, making it difficult to see.

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The 2013 Subaru Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive, which reviewers said adds plenty of grip in snow or on rough roads. Most test drivers said the cabin is constructed with fine materials and they were impressed with the amount of legroom in the Impreza’s back seat. 

Reviewers said the 2013 Scion xB has ample head- and legroom in the front and back seats thanks to its high ceiling. With the rear seats folded, the xB has one of the largest cargo holds in the class. As with the SX4, auto writers said the xB is easy to park thanks to a tight turning radius.

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