Making an affordable compact that doesn’t seem like an econobox isn’t easy. Yet the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover manages to distinguish itself in the ultra-competitive field of introductory level cars. This hatchback has an all-wheel-drive option that offers drivers in bad weather areas a feature that is more commonly found in expensive car classes. The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is worth a look for economy buyers.
Body Styles: five-door hatchback
Engines: two-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: SX4 Crossover
The Suzuki SX4 line is expanded in 2009 in order to offer lower-priced versions of this hatchback. The Crossover model is new to the SX4 family for this year. The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover includes a navigation system as standard on the higher-end models while stability control is now standard on all Crossover trims.
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is a five-door hatchback body style. This model comes standard with front-wheel drive and offers an optional all-wheel drive, which is unusual for a vehicle in its price range. The 2099 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is available in the base model with either a Technology Package or Touring Package.
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels and stability control. The Crossover with Touring Package adds all-wheel drive, foglamps, a rear spoiler, and heated side view mirrors. The technology package on the Crossover adds features to the interior only.
There are not many stand-alone options due to the number of additions included in the many available trim packages. The few stand-alone options are an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive for the Crossovers without the Touring Package, and a rear brush plate for the Crossover's hatch sill.
Inside the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover, you’ll find air-conditioning, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, keyless remote, and cruise control. The interior-based Technology package adds a navigation system, fancy steering wheel, and cruise control. The Touring package includes automatic climate control, heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, and an upgraded audio system.
The interior uses an uncluttered design and has most of what the rivals offer; although the lack of an audio output jack is an oversight. There is a surprising amount of space and even taller people will be comfortable. The driver’s seat is up higher than is typical for cars in this class; a design that will appeal to fans of sport utility vehicles, but drivers who like to sit in a low and sporty position may not approve.
Performance & Handling
Every 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover makes use of a two-liter, four-cylinder engine producing 143 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque. This engine mates to a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. With a time of 11.3 seconds for the zero-to-60-mph run, the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is not a paragon of power, a track ready speedster, or even much of a standout in its segment.
The handling is solid for a car in this class. With the proper equipment, the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover becomes downright sporty, although it can’t compete with the athleticism of in-class rivals offered by Honda and Mazda. The ride is another thing altogether. For a vehicle in this price range, the ride is surprisingly refined and smooth. This is a nice perk for cost-conscious buyers.
With a 13.2-gallon gas tank, the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover with automatic transmission can travel 303 city miles and 409 highway miles after a fill up. Expect a reduced range when driving the all-wheel-drive model.
The 2009 SX4 Crossover receives top-notch scores on various government crash safety tests. All 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossovers have anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, and head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers. Traction and stability control are typically only found on more expensive vehicles, yet are standard on all 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover trims.
EPA Fuel Economy
SX4 Crossover: 22/30 mpg city/highway
- Low-cost all-wheel drive option
- Cabin headroom
- Powertrain warranty
- Navigation system is standard on some models
- Stability control
- Quiet interior
- Sporty handling
You Won't Like
- Noisy engine
- Bad fuel economy
- Lacking cargo capacity
- Low-quality interior materials
A good competitor in the crowded economy segment.
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