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2004 Suzuki Aerio

  • 2004 Suzuki Aerio LX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/152
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,999
  • 2004 Suzuki Aerio S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/152
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,499
  • 2004 Suzuki Aerio SX Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/152
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,499
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2004 Suzuki Aerio Review

Wagon or sedan that stands out in appearance, but not in price.

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Overview

Suzuki’s first Aerio was introduced to consumers in 2001 and has since gone through many changes. The horsepower increase in the 2004 model will be one of the major selling points for this small, compact, wagon-styled car. Cabin storage and cargo storage will also be an important feature as there is plenty of it. The available 155-horsepower 2.3-liter engine gives this little wagon a lot of bang without sacrificing gas mileage. Despite having a more powerful engine than many cars in its class, it has an impressive 25/31 mpg city/highway. It is available in both wagon and a sedan models. The sedan is available in the S and LX models with automatic or manual transmission. The wagon is available in the SX model with an automatic or manual transmission and optional all-wheel-drive system.

The Range

Body styles: wagon, sedan
Engine: 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Suzuki Aerio S, Suzuki Aerio LX, Suzuki Aerio SX

What's New

The 2004 Suzuki Aerio models receive a 155-horsespower, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that powers the wagon and the sedan, increasing the performance over previous model years as well as other compact models in the same class. All Suzuki Aerio models come standard with a driver-seat armrest and a seven-speaker stereo. The SX wagon and the LX sedan have added fog lights, a redesigned rear spoiler, and heated mirrors. Models with anti-lock braking systems also have automatic climate controlled system for passenger comfort and all new 15-inch alloy wheels.

Exterior

The 2004 Suzuki Aerio is available in two body styles; the four-door sedan in S and LX models and the wagon in the form of the SX. The Suzuki Aerio S and LX have a total overall length of 171.3 inches and a wheelbase of 97.6 inches. The body is similar to that of many other small-sized sedans. The SX is a wagon with a 166.5-inch overall length and a wheelbase of 97.6 inches. The fully galvanized steel body of all models is complemented with body colored grille trim, fog lights available on the S model and standard on the LX and SX. All have dual power remote mirrors with the LX and SX having heated side mirrors. The LX and SX have a wing spoiler and available roof racks.

Interior

The 2004 Suzuki Aerio packs a lot of features into a little bit of space. All come standard with bucket seats and hold five passengers. The rear seats have split-folding seatbacks. The driver seat is height adjustable and adjusts four ways in the basic S model and six ways in the LX and SX models. The steering wheel is tilt adjustable on all models and is made from leather on the LX and SX models. Air-conditioning is standards as are cup holders. Vanity mirrors, power windows, adjustable head restraints in front and rear, and a stereo system with seven-speakers help complete some of the standard features. There are additional features such as a six-disc CD player that are available on the LX and SX models.

Performance & Handling

Acceleration is not a problem in the 2004 Suzuki Aerio with a 2.3-liter engine and 155 horsepower. It has a strong low-end response, which is quite different from many economy cars, which helps when driving in traffic and keeps the car from having to be continually downshifted. The down side is that the engine is louder and noisier than many other small car engines and tends to create vibrations throughout. However, it does handle better than anticipated and is nimble for a car in this class.

Safety

The 2004 Suzuki Aerio is equipped with standard safety features that include front airbags, height adjustable, safety belts, seatbelt pretensioners daytime running lights, halogen head lights, and rear child safety door locks. All models have child seat anchors for car seat attachment. The LX and SX models have remote keyless entry systems and power door locks.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki Aerio Sedan S, five-speed Manual: 25/31 mpg city/highway
Suzuki Aerio Sedan S, four-speed Automatic: 25/31 mpg city/highway
Suzuki Aerio Sedan LX, five-speed Manual: 25/31 mpg city/highway
Suzuki Aerio Sedan LX, four-speed Automatic: 25/31 mpg city/highway
Suzuki Aerio Sedan LX, AWD: 24/39 mpg city/highway
Suzuki Aerio SX Wagon, five-speed Manual; 22/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Two body styles to choose from, the wagon and the sedan
  • Comfortable, roomy interior
  • Test crash scores that prove solid reliability
  • Affordable price

You Won't Like

  • No side airbags available
  • Interior components appear plastic and cheap
  • Although roomy, storage space is lacking

Sum Up

Wagon or sedan that stands out in appearance, but not in price.

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