Suzuki Aerio

Like so many others of the big automotive company names, the Suzuki car manufacturing company started out as something entirely different. Prior to creating automobiles, the company was known as one of the best spinning loom plants in Japan. Beginning in 1952, Suzuki chose to expand its production and started manufacturing motorcycles. Motorcycles were an excellent choice for congested Japanese cities and were very economical both in price and fuel consumption for the average Japanese citizen. It wasn’t long before Suzuki was doing very well in motorcycle sales in its native market. While offering high quality residential motorcycles, the company was also working on an impressive line for racing.

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Suzuki Aerio Origins

Once the motorcross circuit discovered the well-made and durable Suzuki bikes, the world was clamoring for the company’s products. Shortly thereafter, the company began to produce equally well made and viable automobiles for the world’s markets. Suzuki joined the big Japanese companies: Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.

Over the years and since its start in automotive design, Suzuki offered several types and styles of vehicles. Among those available today, the Aerio series is a popular option.

About the Suzuki Aerio

Since first offering its assortment of cars and motorcycles to the American market, Suzuki consistently offered quality products. With its eye on dependability and efficient function, its cars weren't always the most eye-catching or exciting; this proved to be the case with the Aerio series as well. The car is most well-known for its impressive six-year run on the market. There were very few things industry leaders could find to complain about the Aerio, but with its uninspired body style and quiet demeanor, the car simply didn’t attract the attention it deserved. Those buyers that did chose the Aerio were pleasantly surprised by what a nice, reliable car it really was.

The Suzuki Aerio is also known for its dependability. This car wasn’t designed with speed or high precision in mind, and it offers neither. However, it does have plenty of power and a reliable powertrain that is more than capable of making the Aerio a great car for common everyday driving such as commutes and daily errands. The Aerio series was also a good choice for families looking for a safe, dependable car to move kids and cargo around. While not very large, the Aerio was designed with enough cargo space to make it convenient.

Suzuki Aerio Features

2007 was the last model year Suzuki chose to release the Aerio. This car was much like its previous incarnations except with some differences in engine style and some other details. Also like its earlier versions, the 2007 Aerio is equipped with a great deal more interior space than other economy sedans of its class. It’s one of the few advantages this car had over the competition. Unlike previous years, the Aerio for this model year only features the sedan style. The wagon body style was discontinued.

Under the hood, the Suzuki Aerio offers a modest, but effective powertrain. The car is equipped with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine offering 155 hp and is coupled with a standard five-speed manual transmission.

This model was available in two trim levels, the base and the Premium. Standard features included a rear spoiler, automatic climate control, and all-powered accessories. The base trim level was also equipped with daytime running lights and cruise control. The Premium trim level offered all of those amenities in addition to heated outside mirrors, steering wheel wrapped in leather, and seven speaker sound system with built-in CD changer.

Suzuki Aerio Evolution

The Suzuki Aerio was offered from the 2002 model year to the 2007. This car was available in two distinct body styles, the sedan and the four-door hatchback. Both were equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and were paired with a five-speed manual transmission on the entry-level cars. Clients also had the option of choosing a four-speed automatic transmission. In later years, the engine was upgraded to a 2.3-liter model, and the change increased the power and acceleration capabilities accordingly. From the 2003 model until the end of the Aerio production, the car featured all-wheel drive.

Considering the previous versions of the Suzuki Aerio were classed as a compact sedan, it could boast a large amount of interior space. These cars provided sufficient head and leg room for almost every passenger. It’s important to note however, that the Aerio did suffer from a lack of refinement in the interior design department. The materials used in the cabin were considered to be sub-par when compared to other economy sedan models. Cargo space was also not a problem for the Aerio, and it offered an impressive 14.6 square feet of space.

Select a Suzuki Aerio Year

2007 Suzuki Aerio

Compact, Sedan

The 2007 Suzuki Aerio has a few things going for it.

2006 Suzuki Aerio

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon

Suzuki first introduced the little Aerio sedan and wagon in 2002.

2005 Suzuki Aerio

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon

The American version of the Aerio debuted in 2002.

2004 Suzuki Aerio

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon

Suzuki’s first Aerio was introduced to consumers in 2001 and has since gone through many changes.

2003 Suzuki Aerio

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon

Although the 2003 Suzuki Aerio is a worthwhile compact car, but it is a few steps behind industry leaders.

2002 Suzuki Aerio

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon

The 2002 Suzuki Aerio is Suzuki's attempt to compete in the American compact car arena.