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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $7,715 - $11,151
Original MSRP: $13,499 - $19,249
MPG: 23 City / 33 Hwy
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2011 Suzuki SX4 Interior

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The 2011 Suzuki SX4’s cabin will be uncomfortable for tall drivers and passengers, but if you’re smaller in stature, you should fit just fine. The SX4 offers a lot of interior features, but options make the SX4 pricier than its competitors. 

  • “The overall layout of the interior was well done, though there was a heavy plastic feel throughout." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside, the materials were in line with this price range and the seats comfortable for short to medium trips." -- MarketWatch
  • "Cabin materials are appropriate for the price. Test examples have shown fine detail finish." -- Consumer Guide
  • "For a vehicle that's meant to compete directly with the Civic bunch, it was odd to see a roof that was nearly as tall as that of a Honda CR-V. However, upon settling into the SX4 Sport's cabin, we were pleased by the great amounts of headroom and visibility the vehicle's tall stance afforded." -- CNET

Seating

The SX4 sedan seats five, but reviewers suggest limiting occupancy to four because once the driver finds a comfortable driving position, which takes time since the SX4 lacks a telescoping steering wheel, the passenger behind the driver will be squished.

  • "At 5-foot-11, I would liked it if the driver's seat could move back by a few more inches for a comfortable distance to the pedals. My legs were crammed too close. With the seat all the way back, I also wanted the steering wheel within closer reach, but it only has a tilt adjustment. With the seat height cranked up to my tastes, I found the cushion angled too low for decent thigh support. In short, I just didn't fit - and I'm no NBA player. (Truth be told, I'd be hard-pressed to complete a decent layup.)" -- Cars.com
  • "Headroom is ample despite a high seating position for the class, but legroom is just OK for lanky folks. Seats are ordinary for shape and padding. Some testers complain that the front roof pillars impede the view to the sides. Others wish the steering wheel were telescopic." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Jump inside and the SportBack's cloth seats feel smooth, never scratchy." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

One of the most impressive interior features the SX4 offers is a Garmin navigation system. One reviewer loved the innovative way Suzuki decided to hide the navigation system. It fits into a plastic basket and doesn’t have wires hanging out.

The press thinks the SX4’s fit and finish is fine for the class. Some interior plastics are cheap, but as an affordable small car, evidence of cost cutting is expected. Although quality suffers somewhat, reviewers did like the easy-to-use and thoughtfully laid out controls.

The SX4 sedan does not come with a lot of standard features. The base model does not have air conditioning or an audio system. To get these features you have to upgrade to the LE trim. Other optional features include an auxiliary input jack, keyless entry, satellite radio, iPod interface and Bluetooth. 

  • "It does have one feature I've thought ingenious since its introduction. At the top of the dash is a plastic basket that holds a navigation system built by Garmin. The box closes nicely and hides away so people walking by a parked Suzuki won't notice it. Better yet, there are no suction cups on your windshield or wires dangling anywhere -- the unit is completely enclosed." -- Cars.com
  • "A black and silver color scheme with brushed aluminum accents, clearly legible instruments and well-positioned switchgear highlight its suitably sporting look, although lots of hard plastic trim bits deserve some legitimate criticism." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The instruments are easy to read, head room was ample and most controls easy to decipher and operate." -- MarketWatch
  • "An orthodox dashboard design holds clear gauges and simple, handy minor controls." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Crossover and Sportback GTS models offer 16 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. That space expands to an impressive 54 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down. Sedans also have good cargo space of 15.5 cubic feet and feature a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Cargo capacity figures are unavailable for the sedan with the rear seat folded.

  • "The sedan has a roomy trunk for the car's exterior size, and kudos to Suzuki for including split-folding seatbacks on sedans, when this feature was previously unavailable. Cabin storage is useful but not abundant." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk is large for this class, but 15.5 cubic feet is more space than many midsize cars offer." -- Cars.com

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