Suzuki first introduced the little Aerio sedan and wagon in 2002. While it has a number of good things to offer, with big-name competitors like the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla playing the same field, it’s hard for the Aerio to keep pace. The main advantage of this compact car is its budget price tag, while it's considerably spacious interior and all-wheel drive (AWD) option are notable plusses.
By all measures, the 2006 Suzuki Aerio is very much an economy car. The overall range of options is limited, as is engine power and athletic ability. This car is primarily designed to get consumers and their passengers from point A to point B in comfort and a little bit of style, while going easy on their budget.
Body Styles: Sedan, Wagon
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Aerio, Aerio Premium, Aerio SX, Aerio SX Premium
After a major redesign the previous year, there are no major technological or design changes made to the Aerio in 2006. The only notable upgrades are the inclusion of a new MP3-compatible, six-speaker CD audio system. Anti-lock brakes are also now included as standard safety equipment in all models.
The 2006 Suzuki Aerio boasts a fun, youthful appearance, with its shortened frame, minimalistic design, and a bright range of exterior paint colors. The Aerio is offered as both a sedan and a wagon. Standard exterior features include daytime running lights, a front air dam, color-keyed front and rear bumpers, alloy wheels, powered exterior mirrors, and interval wipers. All models measure 166.5 inches long and 61 inches tall.
The 2006 Suzuki Aerio is largely aimed at the more youthful market with its smooth, simplistic appearance and impressive passenger and cargo room, particularly in the wagon. The main thing to consider for buyers is whether the Aerio’s reasonable price and good horsepower is enough to win out over the pricier, higher-quality offerings of the Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, and Honda Civic.
Considering the 2006 Suzuki Aerio's compact build and appearance, this car offers a surprising amount of interior space for cargo and passengers. Its height is a full three or four inches above most of its competitors; meanwhile, the car’s low, wide stature makes getting in and out a breeze. The 2006 Suzuki Aerio sedan’s trunk measures in at a generous 14.6 cubic feet. The wagon offers 21 cubic feet with the rear seats up and an impressive 63.7 cubic feet when the seats are folded down.
The cabin’s spaciousness is its main selling point. Interior materials are primarily plastic and much lower quality than even many other economy cars. The former digital instrument panel has been replaced with easier-to-read analog gauges. Other standard equipment includes steering wheel mounted controls, a CD player, and rear folding seats. A CD changer with seven speakers, a subwoofer, heated mirrors, and cruise control are included with the Premium trim packages for each body style.
Performance & Handling
All 2006 Suzuki Aerio models are powered by a 2.3-liter, inline four-cylinder engine rated at 155 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque. Five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive is standard with optional four-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is also available.
While the 2006 Suzuki Aerio isn’t designed for impressive shows of athleticism, its sturdy four-cylinder engine offers plenty of pep for everyday commuting. The 2006 Suzuki Aerio offers an overall smooth ride with a soft suspension absorbing most bumps. However, due to the car’s rather high center of gravity, a fair amount of body roll is to be expected when tackling corners. Driving an Aerio is not a particularly outstanding experience, but it’s not unpleasant either.
Standard safety equipment for all 2006 Suzuki Aerio models includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes and side airbags. Second-row airbags and curtain airbags are not offered. Additional security features include remote locking, child safety door locks, power windows, and a trunk anti-trap device. A vehicle anti-theft system is available as an additional option. The 2006 Suzuki Aerio received good scores in frontal-impact crash tests, but poorer scores in side-impact tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Aerio: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Aerio Premium: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Aerio SX: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Aerio SX Premium: 22/28 mpg city/highway
- Two body choices
- All-wheel drive available
- Spacious cabin
- Lots of standard features
You Won't Like
- Low-quality interior materials
- Loose handling
Plenty to offer but won’t live up to its higher-quality competitors.
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