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2005 Suzuki Reno

  • 2005 Suzuki Reno EX Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      126/131
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,049
  • 2005 Suzuki Reno LX Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      126/131
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,349
  • 2005 Suzuki Reno S Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      126/131
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,349
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2005 Suzuki Reno Review

Comfortable, well-equipped, and solidly built, it provides good value for the money and offers a more youthful alternative to the Forenza Wagon.

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Overview

General Motors introduces the Suzuki Reno for 2005 as a four-door sedan/hatchback, designed to capture the attention of young drivers with its curvy outer lines and extensive inside features. The 2005 Suzuki Reno was comes from GM Daewoo Automotive and Technology Company in South Korea and instills the first-class features of Italian car designer Pininfarina.

The engine hails from Australia with only a few parts originating in the U.S. the Reno competes with the Mazda Protégé and Volkswagen Golf. Its sleek body and interior amenities garner consumer attention. It has become the highest selling hatchback along with the Suzuki Forenza.

The new Suzuki Reno serves as a four-door, five-passenger sedan with a hatchback that comes in three trims. It features a sleek outer design and a comfortable cabin.

The 2005 Suzuki Reno has become well-known as an economical vehicle choice with an outstanding warranty program, and it makes an excellent selection in the sedan or hatchback category.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan with hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki Reno S, Suzuki Reno LX, Suzuki Reno EX

What's New

The 2005 Suzuki Reno beats out all of its competitors when it comes to company support. The Suzuki Reno includes an Open Road Promise warranty program that tops any other vehicle on the market. The powertrain comes insured for 100,000 miles or seven years, and more importantly, this coverage extends to all subsequent new owners. The warranty also includes roadside assistance up to 36,000 mile or three years, which covers mechanical issues, towing, tire changes, and jump starts as well as a car rental for five days.

Exterior

The 2005 Suzuki Reno S features a streamlined body with sloping front glass, 15-inch steel wheels with all-season tires, an inside-mounted spare, power heated mirrors, full wheel covers, and a rear hatch. The LX and EX also have a rear spoiler and a power glass sunroof with tilt and slide capability.

Interior

The Suzuki Reno S features cloth front bucket seats with a height-adjustable driver’s seat that also has lumbar support. A split-folding seat and a folding armrest appear in the rear. The 2005 Suzuki Reno also includes power steering, power doors and windows, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with easy-access audio controls, air-conditioning with interior air filtration and rear air ducts, a front padded console, a clock and a tachometer in the instrument panel, an AM/FM radio with a CD player and CD MP3, eight stereo speakers, a cargo light, and a front power outlet.

The LX includes cruise control, front and rear cup holders, and leather trim on the steering wheel and shift knob. The EX features leather front bucket seats and leather trim on the doors as well.

Cargo capacity with seats in totals 8.8 cubic feet with a total maximum capacity of 45.4 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Suzuki Reno with its four-wheel independent suspension and gas-pressurized shock absorbers provide an exceptionally smooth and comfortable ride. The steering proves accurate and the brakes feel solid. However, handling can only be considered decent. It hugs the road well around corners but it experiences some body roll.

Safety

The S has front and rear disc brakes, front side-mounted airbags with occupant-sensing deactivation capability, child seat anchors and rear-door safety locks, daytime running lights, a rear defogger, a rear window wiper, and emergency trunk release.

The LX adds an anti-theft alarm system and height-adjustable headrests in the front and rear. The EX has front fog and driving lights and rear height-adjustable headrests. There has been only one recall on the Suzuki Reno due to daytime running lights or headlight low beams failing to function properly. The LX and EX include an anti-lock braking system (ABS).

The IIHS gives it an ""Acceptable"" on the frontal-offset test and ""Poor"" for rear crash protection and head restraints, with no test done for side impacts.

There have been problems reported about the engine oil pan gasket failing and minimal problems with the transmission and driveline, brakes, steering and suspension, heating and air-conditioning, starting and charging, and various accessory items.

It should be noted that Forbes rates the Suzuki Reno as one of the most dangerous cars to drive, drawing from information issued by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and Consumer Reports. However, it acquires a reliability rating of five out of five.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki Reno: 20/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Easily folding rear seats
  • Comfortable interior space
  • Solid construction
  • Good front and rear legroom
  • Economical price

You Won't Like

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Small rear-door entry space
  • Small rear cargo area
  • Less fuel efficient than some competitors

Sum Up

Comfortable, well-equipped, and solidly built, it provides good value for the money and offers a more youthful alternative to the Forenza Wagon.

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