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2005 Suzuki Aerio

  • 2005 Suzuki Aerio LX Sedan

    LX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/152
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,049
  • 2005 Suzuki Aerio S Sedan

    S Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/152
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,449
  • 2005 Suzuki Aerio SX Wagon

    SX Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/152
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,449
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2005 Suzuki Aerio Review

A less extravagant but dependable automobile with plenty of comfort and an easy drive.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The American version of the Aerio debuted in 2002. Now, the 2005 Suzuki Aerio sells as a four-door, five-passenger sedan or wagon, as well as a five-door SX hatchback. It provides one of the most affordable vehicles on the market and has a classy looking interior but does not stand out when compared to some of its more lavish competitors. Still, the Aerio hatchback makes a good car for daily driving or commuting to the workplace.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki Aerio S, Suzuki Aerio LX, Suzuki Aerio SX

What's New

For 2005, the Suzuki Aerio features some style changes, including a new grille and front bumper, clear-lens taillights, a renewed dashboard, and audio controls on the steering wheel. Front side airbags also become a standard feature.

Exterior

The 2005 Suzuki Aerio S sedan and SX wagons have good-sized doors for easy entry, 14-inch steel wheels with all-season tires, an inside-mounted temporary spare, and a rear spoiler. The LX sedan uses 15-inch wheels. Numerous exterior paint options help buyers achieve the perfect look.

Interior

The S features cloth front bucket seats and split-folding rear seats, a front console with storage, door pockets, and cup holders. The 2005 Suzuki Aerio has power door locks, windows, and steering with a tilt-adjustable wheel. It also has climate control with rear air vents, a clock, a tachometer, and outside temperature display in the instrument panel. A reading light in the front and a light in the trunk aid visibility.

The entertainment system includes an AM/FM radio with a CD player, seven speakers, one subwoofer, and steering wheel audio controls. Other features include remote trunk release.

Overall, the Aerio offers good interior space with a cargo capacity of 14.6 cubic feet and an interior volume of 104.7 cubic feet.

The LX includes all of the above plus a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, and a six-disc CD player. The SX also includes a leather steering wheel and a leather shift knob on the manuals. Optional features include rear cup holders, remote keyless entry, and an upgraded security system.

Performance & Handling

Both the sedan and wagon use a four-wheel independent suspension, offering a smooth riding experience. Surprisingly, the 2005 Suzuki Aerio moves quickly off the mark and has the power to maneuver well when passing and climbing hills. The Aerio also offers solid steering and hugs corners. Some vibration occurs when driving over 55 mph. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) and all-wheel drive remain optional to improve performance.

Safety

All models feature front disc and rear drum brakes with electronic brake force distribution and front side-mounted airbags with occupant safety deactivation ability. For those with children, the 2005 Suzuki Aerio has child seat anchors and rear-door safety locks. An emergency trunk release makes sure no one gets trapped inside. The LX and SX also include front and rear height-adjustable headrests.

The Aerio has not been tested by the NHTSA but has an IIHS rating of Good for frontal impacts and a Poor rating for side impacts. Rear-end crash protection and head restraints earn a Marginal rating.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki Aerio: 22/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large door entry
  • Roomy interior
  • Fuel efficient

You Won't Like

  • Cheap interior parts
  • Low front bumper
  • Noisy engine when pushed

Sum Up

A less extravagant but dependable automobile with plenty of comfort and an easy drive.

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