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2004 Suzuki Verona Review
A family friendly car at a family friendly price.
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Launched in 2004, the Suzuki Verona marks the largest vehicle in Suzuki’s lineup. It provides the least expensive midsize sedan in the 2004 automotive lineup while still incorporating a six-cylinder engine. The 2004 Suzuki Verona has four available trim packages offering something for everyone.
The better-than-average styling of the sedan coupled with the lower-than-average pricing highlights the selling point for the Verona. The six-cylinder engine delivers a respectable 17/25 mpg city/highway with smooth power that remains quiet and unobtrusive. The features packed into this budget-minded sedan make it competitive in a market that has been dominated by Honda and Toyota.
This new large introduction into the Suzuki 2004 lineup comes in four different sedan trims: the S, the EX, the EX with Traction Control, and the LX.
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki Verona S, Suzuki Verona EX, Suzuki Verona EX with traction control, Suzuki Verona LX
The Suzuki Verona enters the 2004 automotive lineup as a completely new model priced below the average midsize sedan and ready to take on the competition. The Verona offers plenty of passenger and cargo room with an excellent interior.
The Suzuki Verona’s European look results from efforts made by the Italdesign organization. A sleek 187.8 inches long with a 106.3-inch wheelbase, the 2004 Suzuki Verona looks like a sophisticated sedan that does not come with a sophisticated price. Head-on views show off the dual-halogen, European-styled headlights and a lower bumper encasing the fog lights.
Door handles and key inserts are chrome with the side molding being color coded. The EX comes with a power sunroof.
The S trim package includes 15-inch wheels while the LX and EX both use 16-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2004 Suzuki Verona appeals to everyone’s sense of sophistication with wood grain accenting the interior of the car. Front- and rear-seat passengers enjoy a padded armrest for comfort. The back seat has a storage compartment with two layers. The trunk provides an additional 13.4 cubic feet of storage space.
The center console contains cup holders and the driver enjoys the addition of a change tray for convenience. Seating feels roomy and comfortable. The Verona offers more than ample legroom for rear passengers, and the driver has a tilt steering wheel with embedded stereo controls. A six-position driver’s seat achieves maximum comfort while driving.
All trim packages come standard with power windows and door locks. Air-conditioning, cruise control, an anti-theft device, keyless entry, and a six-speaker CD/cassette stereo come standard as well. Front door pockets, remote trunk release, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, front reading lights, and front seatback storage round out the list of standard features on all Suzuki Verona sedans.
The Verona LX has automatic temperature control for the heating and air system and the Verona EX adds an eight-position driver’s seat with stitched leather throughout and heated front seats for cold winter days. The EX also has the added features of an electrochromatic rear-view mirror.
Performance & Handling
The Suzuki Verona contains a 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The automatic transmission assists in providing 17/25 mpg city/highway and has an adaptive control system that ""learns"" driving habits, which optimizes the shifting pattern for increased performance. The EX trim package comes with or without traction control.
The MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with four-wheel independent suspension all work together to provide a smooth and comfortable ride on the highway. The steering is not so quick and should meet the average driver’s expectations. The 2004 Suzuki Verona’s acceleration seems ample but does not meet the aggressive driver’s demands; passing power remains limited when compared to other six-cylinder automobiles in the same class. Overall, the Verona offers a solid drive and a comfortable ride.
All Suzuki Veronas come with three-point seat belts and adjustable headrests. The rear center passenger seat also has a three-point seat belt. Anti-lock brakes come standard on the LX and EX sedans. Child seat anchors and rear-door safety locks also come standard. The 2004 Suzuki Verona offers an optional anti-lock brake system on the LX and EX for added safety. None of the Verona sedans offer side-impact airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Stable and comfortable ride
- Interior legroom
- Storage space
- Lots of features
You Won't Like
- No side airbags
- Poor acceleration
- Loud downshift noise
A family friendly car at a family friendly price.
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