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2013 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Review
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The Suzuki SX4 has been derived from an overseas model called the Swift. Although it is not a complete copy of the Swift, it resembles the design quite a bit. Considering how well Swift has performed overseas, this car has a fair chance of shaking the market in this segment for the U.S. as well. It comes in three models, which include the SX4 Crossover. The 2012 Suzuki SX4 Crossover features four-wheel drive. The Suzuki SX4 Crossover is an entry-level model with a lot of good features.
New For 2013
For 2013, Suzuki revises the SX4 Crossover with modest interior and exterior design changes made to give it a better look. Other than a few tweaks, the 2013 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is basically the same vehicle as last year's model. A few safety features are now standard fare as well.
- Stronger and bolder front-end styling
- Revamped headlights form the sides of the front end
- Mirror-mounted turn signals
- New and improved seat fabrics
- Six airbags and electronic stability control become standard
- New navigation system
- New entertainment system
When it comes to the exterior, the 2013 Suzuki SX4 Crossover looks similar to the SX4 Sedan thanks to the same bodywork. The rear of the SX4 Crossover gives a really bold and clean look to the car, which adds to the simplicity. The SX4 Crossover also has a higher ride height and a loose suspension compared to its hatchback and sedan models.
The Suzuki SX4 comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, and there are options for 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels. Also optional is a body kit that aids only in aesthetics.
The windows, locks, and mirrors are all powered. The base model now features a longer list of standard features, most of which should be expected in 2013. The exterior color includes dual color for an interesting look. A roof rack is also standard fare. Fog lights are an available option.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is only slightly above average in its class. The new fabric changes in the interior make a very welcome improvement in the SX4. There is not excellent legroom inside the cabin, but it still works for most tall adults. The legroom has been divided in the 60/40 ratio as usual, and the rear seat is foldable to make extra space for cargo.
Other interior features include an adjustable tilting steering wheel, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 compatibility. The stereo system includes USB and iPod integration as well, which means pretty much any audio device is compatible. Cruise control is also standard fare. The Suzuki SX4 also comes with a navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity as creature comforts. The steering wheel includes audio controls to make adjusting the station or volume less distracting for the driver.
Front seats include six-way power adjustments, and heated seats are available for the front.
The 2013 Suzuki SX4 Crossover provides a little above average features when it comes to safety for the driver and the passengers. Given the price, the safety features are what should be expected.
This car features a total of eight airbags, which includes side-impact airbags for front and rear seating, and side-curtain airbags. Front-passenger and driver airbags are standard as well. The electronic stability system and traction control add to the list of standard features.
The Bosch anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and braking assist technology comes with all trim levels. A tire pressure monitor is included as well. Daytime running lights increase visibility, and side-impact door beams reduce the amount of harm done in a side collision.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash testing gives an overall ""Marginal"" rating, which shows some concerns for driver safety, roof strength, and rear strength. Overall, the Suzuki SX4 is a decently safe vehicle, but it could use some design improvements.
The small, economical Suzuki SX4 Crossover handles quite well, and the turning radius is rather impressive for a compact SUV. This car is very smooth to drive, thanks to the very responsive 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 140 lb-ft of torque and 148 horsepower. This power under the hood is enough to drive the crossover very smoothly and accelerate at the pace of zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. It’s not a sports car, but for the price point and fuel economy, the speed is acceptable.
The six-speed manual transmission provides much better power and responsiveness than the five-speed automatic option. Road noise remains minimal and bumps along the way are rarely felt thanks to a good suspension unit.
Overall, the 2013 Suzuki SX4 Crossover is decent on the road with an estimated fuel economy of 22/30 mpg city/highway. The all-wheel drive makes it good for inclement weather as well.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Suzuki SX4 Crossover
- Scion xD
- Toyota Yaris
- Hyundai Elantra Touring
- Scion xB