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1996 Suzuki Swift Review
Gets the job done efficiently.
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The 1996 Suzuki Swift is a subcompact car that was first introduced by the Japanese automaker at the 25th Tokyo Motor Show. It subsequently went into production and was marketed in Japan from 1983. The car was originally called the Cultus in the domestic market.
The Suzuki Swift was first launched in 1985 in the American market as the Chevrolet Sprint, a captive import, and as the Suzuki Forsa later on. It was only in 1989 that the nameplate was changed to Swift. This generation would only be sold until 1994, after which production stopped. The third generation was introduced in 1995.
Engines: 1.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Suzuki Swift
The 1996 Suzuki Swift remains unchanged from the first year of its third generation, except for a new seat fabric and two new exterior body colors.
The 1996 Suzuki Swift is an inexpensive option in the market, and its exterior reflects that. As a mini compact car, its quite tiny with its three-door body style. It has a wheelbase of 89.2 inches and an overall length of around 147 inches. The width of the car is around 62 inches, and the total height is 53.1 inches.
The 1996 Suzuki Swift is rather spacious, despite its tiny exterior. The cabin space is genuinely impressive with a decent amount of legroom and headroom up front. Surprisingly, the front seats are of the bucket variety, making them comfortable and supportive.
The 1996 Suzuki Swift gives a decent amount of space on the bench at the rear. However, it's only comfortable enough for two people of medium stature. A taller individual would be cramped in the rear seat because of the lack of legroom and headroom.
Since the 1996 Suzuki Swift is a three-door hatchback, entry and exit to the rear bench can be difficult. Moreover, the bench itself may be a little too firm and flat for comfort. On a positive note, the tall windows and slim roof pillars give the driver great visibility all around. The controls up front are well-placed in a simple pattern, and all of them are easy to understand, reach, and use.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Suzuki Swift is powered by an overhead-cam, eight-valve, and 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 70 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. There are no other optional engines available, and a five-speed manual transmission is standard. A three-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.
Understandably, the 1996 Suzuki Swift does not exactly burn rubber. However, it's definitely a better performer as compared to the Geo Metro. Body lean is enormous, and road grip while cornering is modest at best. Despite this, its quite maneuverable.
In fact, the 1996 Suzuki Swift's maneuverability actually makes it fun to drive around the city, especially when it's coupled with a manual gearbox. Of course, the cabin is not very silent due to wind, road, and engine noise. When the acceleration pedal is pressed hard onto the floor, the engine still produces more sound than power. One of the best things about the car, however, is its fuel economy.
The 1996 Suzuki Swift doesn't have any crash test data available.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Amazing fuel economy
- Fun to drive
- Extremely cheap
You Won't Like
- Poor ride quality
- Lack of room at the rear
Gets the job done efficiently.
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