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1995 Suzuki Samurai

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1995 Suzuki Samurai Review

A small SUV with some kick.

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Overview

The Suzuki Samurai has remained popular among four-wheel-drive enthusiasts for its reliability and extreme off road capabilities. It's very rare to find an attractive and reasonably priced sport-utility vehicle that offers the security of four-wheel drive. The Samurai is also great on gas mileage, averaging 28 mpg for city and highway use combined. This kind of fuel efficiency is unheard of for a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Not to mention the fact that it is a convertible that just screams fun. It is no wonder that it was love at first sight for many buyers, setting sales records upon its introduction in 1985.

The 1995 Suzuki Samurai has a 1.3-liter, 66 horsepower, four-cylinder engine. It is a great starter vehicle and an excellent adjustment for anyone that is new to driving a four-wheel drive vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 1.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Suzuki Samurai JL

What's New

The 1995 Suzuki Samurai is unchanged from last year’s model. In 1994, the two-wheel-drive model was dropped, along with the removal of the vehicle’s rear seat in response to new safety regulations.

Exterior

The 1995 Suzuki Samurai has seen very few cosmetic changes in recent years. A center high-mounted stop lamp was added in 1994. It comes with a canvas convertible top. It is a two-door vehicle that rides a 79.9-inch wheelbase. The vehicle is 135 inches long, 60.6 inches wide, and 64.6 inches tall. Furthermore, it comes standard with 15-inch tires.

The 1995 Suzuki Samurai has re-circulating ball steering to multiply steering effort for optimum performance on uneven road surfaces. It has live axle front and rear suspension for better traction and a maximum towing capacity of 1000 pounds with a curb weight of 2046 pounds.

Interior

The 1995 Suzuki Samurai seats two occupants and has cloth seating with 40.2 inches of headroom and 38.3 inches of legroom. Options include air-conditioning and an AM/FM cassette audio system.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Suzuki Samurai gets the job done regardless of terrain. While the ride isn’t particularly smooth or fast, this SUV is fun, small, and nimble. It is a blast to drive in the city, where its compact size makes it really easy to parallel park, and even more fun when it comes to off road activities. The engine carries some surprising power for its size.

Safety

The 1995 Suzuki Samurai has no NHTSA crash test rating available. Magazines have suggested that it had an unacceptable amount of rollover on severe turns. While the company feels the Samurai’s reputation suffered irreparable damage, Suzuki believes that the vehicle has been unfairly labeled as unsafe.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki Samurai JL: 28/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Inexpensive
  • Low maintenance
  • Light
  • Tough
  • Easy to park

You Won't Like

  • Engine needs more power
  • Too light for snow and rain, slides too much
  • Gears

Sum Up

A small SUV with some kick.

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