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1995 Suzuki Sidekick Review

A steal of a car that sips gas.

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With a boxy design and choice of hard- or soft-top styling, the 1995 Suzuki Sidekick has a unique look and a distinctive appeal to some drivers. From its introduction in 1989 to the last year of production in 1998, Suzuki positioned it as a less expensive and more compact choice for drivers who want the styling and cargo space of an SUV without the poor fuel economy of a larger vehicle. The lineup begins with a base JS available in both hard-top and convertible soft-top versions and featuring two-wheel drive. These models are joined by the more expensive JX and JLX versions with four-wheel drive. The JX is also available with a convertible soft-top.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV, convertible soft-top
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, three-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki Sidekick JS, Suzuki Sidekick JX, Suzuki Sidekick JLX

What's New

The two-door 1995 Suzuki Sidekick JX version goes from an 80-horsepower to a 95-horsepower engine. The LS convertible gets an updated soft-top for 1995 with zip-out side windows.


The 1995 Suzuki Sidekick is offered in three trim levels. The base JS is a two-door convertible with a soft-top option. One step up is the JX, which is also available in hard-top or soft-top configuration. The Sidekick’s top of the line trim level is the JLX with four doors, rear window wipers, and alloy wheels.

Its blocky design gives the 1995 Suzuki Sidekick a unique and funky appeal to some drivers, while others consider the squared-off angles to be clumsy. The large rear access door makes loading and unloading the roomy cargo area a cinch.


Even at the JLX level, the 1995 Suzuki Sidekick does not offer much in the way of interior niceties. Finishes are sleek but inexpensive, and the standard options, even in the JLX, are rather stingy. Air-conditioning is optional at all trim levels, and neither the JS nor JX soft-top styles offer a standard AM/FM/Cassette audio system. While the front seats have plenty of space, the rear seating is noticeably cramped. The seats have flat cushioning with very little give, which makes for a somewhat uncomfortable ride over bumpy terrain or for long distances. There is a surprising amount of headroom, however, especially for those over six feet tall. The cargo area is roomy, with plenty of space for hauling essentials.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Suzuki Sidekick is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that leaves something to be desired in the area of raw power, but is a more than adequate daily driver for short trips that don’t require a great deal of muscle. Acceleration is a bit slow, but it offers a decent ride once at cruising speed. Performance in four-wheel-drive mode is rated as solid and reliable. Overall, it offers good maneuverability, especially when compared to bulkier SUVs, but with a somewhat bumpy ride.


The 1995 Suzuki Sidekick offers rear-wheel anti-lock brake systems as a standard feature on all five trim levels. A vehicle anti-theft system is also standard on all trims. No airbag protection is available in any version. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing for frontal crash protection resulted in a rating of two stars out of five for the driver side and three stars for the passenger side safety. Side crash, rollover, and four-wheel drive evaluations were not performed by the NHTSA. There is no crash test data available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki Sidekick: 23/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Lots of headroom
  • Plenty of cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Slow acceleration
  • Lots of road and tire noise
  • Bumpy ride and easily felt crosswinds

Sum Up

A steal of a car that sips gas.

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