The 2002 Suzuki Aerio is Suzuki's attempt to compete in the American compact car arena. It does alright, especially if consumers need a compact with the ability to tackle tough weather related road conditions, thanks to its all-wheel drive option. The low pricing will also make it attractive to many buyers.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki Aerio S, Suzuki Aerio GS, Suzuki Aerio SX
The 2002 Suzuki Aerio is a brand new compact car. It offers a powerful engine, a unique look, and is available in sedan and wagon body styles.
The 2002 Suzuki Aerio is all new and is available in sedan and wagon formats. It was intended to be aerodynamic and stand out. Its name comes from the aerodynamic styling. The sedan is shorter than many other compact cars, and the SX wagon is taller. The wheelbase is 97.5 inches. Younger drivers will find the SX wagon appealing with its playful Italian styling.
The interior of the 2002 Suzuki Aerio is roomier than expected from a compact car, but still not quite big enough to pass for a family sedan. It will seat five well enough and maximizes the space by the taller cabin. The surprise inside is the dashboard. The digital gauges are arranged in a slim, low-angle cluster that is a bit odd and definitely unique. The gauges are the stand-out feature as the rest of the interior is pretty standard. It is well appointed for its price range, however, with power windows, power locks, air-conditioning, cruise control, and even remote keyless entry. There is also a nice six-speaker stereo system with CD player.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Suzuki Aerio's two-liter engine supplies a sufficient 141 horsepower that keeps it in step on the freeway or around town. Merging and climbing hills are no problem, but the engine does give a howl when accelerating hard. The suspension is soft and cushions rough spots nicely, yet it's firm enough to keep the Aerio from listing too much in turns.
The 2002 Suzuki Aerio is equipped with ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes with electronic brake force distribution. It also features the LATCH child seat safety system, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, and front fog/driving lights. Crash testing results were rated as ""good"" in the IIHS Frontal offset test. NHTSA results were unavailable.
EPA Fuel Economy
Suzuki Aerio: 23/30 mpg city/highway
- Good price
- Strong engine
- Well equipped
You Won't Like
- Unusual styling
- Missing features
A nice compact car at an affordable price.
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