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2007 Suzuki Reno

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2007 Suzuki Reno Review

Low price but lacks the refinement of some of the competition.

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Overview

For the money, the 2007 Suzuki Reno offers a good price with plenty of extras. This four-door hatchback features a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that is capable of 127 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. Especially with the standard five-speed manual transmission, buyers can expect this little car to perform fine for everyday use and highway driving. However, it is important to note that the suspension can be a little soft.

While the Reno has only one trim level, it offers lots of fun and useful extras standard. Overall, the 2007 Suzuki Reno can be a good choice for someone looking for an inexpensive, though well-equipped, entry-level car.

The Range

Body Styles: Hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmission: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Reno base

What's New

For the 2007 model year, Suzuki changes very little about the Reno. The only change of note is the addition of a tire pressure monitor.

Exterior

As an economy class car, a great deal of expense and design wasn’t wasted on the Suzuki Reno’s body. It looks attractive with a variety of color choices available. Its body is slightly rounded and offers modern lines. While it won’t win any beauty contests or excite the car pool crowd, the exterior of the Reno is serviceable and good looking.

Interior

The interior of the 2007 Suzuki Reno has its good points. Most drivers appreciate the adjustable seat just for them. The driver’s seat is highly versatile and can be adjusted for any preference. Additionally, the backseat is spacious with ample head and leg room. It even offers an elbow rest in the center for rear passengers to get really comfortable. Cargo space is decent for a car of this class. With the backseat up, nine cubic feet of space is available. When the seat is folded down, the amount of space jumps up to 45 cubic feet.

Standard interior features include air-conditioning, cabin air filtration, and full power accessories. The Reno features a tilt steering wheel and eight speaker audio system as well. There are several optional choices. These cars can come with remote keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifting column, a security alarm, and cruise control.

The fact does remain that the Reno is made with some less than high-quality materials in the cabin. Many people are turned off by the amount of gray plastic. Suzuki does, however, try to improve things with metallic accents around the gauges and console in the front of the car.

Performance & Handling

Naturally, performance and handling are important when considering any car. With the 2007 Suzuki Reno, there are some good points to consider. Especially when paired with the manual transmission, the standard two-liter four-cylinder is a champ and keep up with everyday highway driving and acceleration just fine. The automatic option seems to steal power from the engine and creates a lag in acceleration, and the car’s performance suffers. In an attempt to ensure the car offers a smooth ride, Suzuki may have given it a weak suspension system. The ride is smooth, but passengers will also feel every bump in the road. Body roll is a problem, and the handling is uncertain around twists and turns. This trait can be attributed to the car’s inexpensive rubber, which is unable to grip the road sufficiently. Even with a soft pedal, the driver can count on the anti-lock brakes to stop the car quickly and effectively.

Safety

The 2007 Suzuki Reno offers some impressive safety features. While other areas of the car may be less than perfect, those looking for peace of mind and standard safety features are sure to be pleased. These cars are equipped with front side airbags and four-wheel disc brakes. Anti-lock brakes are an available optional feature. The Reno also has rear seat head restraints and effective three-point seatbelts. The Reno received an ""acceptable"" rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety in frontal offset crash testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Reno: 20/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price
  • Plenty of storage
  • Tons of standard equipment

You Won't Like

  • Quality is inconsistent
  • Poor road performance
  • Less-than-stellar fuel economy
  • Automatic transmission offers sluggish acceleration

Sum Up

Low price but lacks the refinement of some of the competition.

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