Suzuki Verona

The Suzuki Verona competes, or rather fails to compete, in the midsize sedan class of the market. Suzuki only offered the car in the U.S. from 2004 to 2006 due to insufficient sales.

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Suzuki Verona Origins

Suzuki’s history starts like most of the well-known automotive manufacturers. The Suzuki company originally made spinning looms for the region’s textile industry. As a matter of fact, the company experienced a lot of success in this capacity. Suzuki’s choice to branch out into different operations surprised many. Unlike some of the other automotive companies, Suzuki chose to start out with motorcycles. Executives felt motorcycles would become more successful products with the people in Japan’s crowded cities. Bikes offer a more affordable option and are easier to maintain.

Suzuki hit it on the nose with the motorcycle idea. Not only did the motorcycles sell well in the company’s native market, the upscale precision bikes began to make a name for the company all over the world. It wasn’t long until just about everyone in the race circuit wanted a Suzuki motorcycle.

In the years that followed, Suzuki began to offer its products to various markets throughout the world and created its own line of cars as well. The Verona line remains among the most notable.

About the Suzuki Verona

Just about everyone has heard of Suzuki and its amazing line of motorcycles. Almost from the beginning, the bikes offered by this company have wowed industry experts. The motorcycles also have a very devoted fan base all over the world. The Verona car, on the other hand, is not as well made or as popular as its two-wheeled friends from Suzuki.

Apparently, the company didn’t expect great things from the model, and the Verona fell in line, selling fewer than 25,000 models its first year. Experts blame the car’s lack of safety features and uninspired handling and performance for its poor reception. The midsize sedan class holds a lot of competition to say the least, and the Verona can’t keep up with the big dogs.

On the plus side, for those who do drive the Verona, the car has a nice, comfortable interior and offers a decent ride quality. Unfortunately, this does not move the car forward in the sales department.

Suzuki Verona Features

The short-lived Suzuki Verona met its end in the 2006 model year. The company made the wise decision to discontinue the model, since the American public looked elsewhere for its midsize sedans. The 2006 model has few differences from the previous two model years. Interested buyers can choose from three distinctive trim levels.

The S trim level represents the base model. Consumers find these cars equipped with full power accessories, air-conditioning, and keyless entry capabilities. The next trim level, the LX, features 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, and auxiliary remote steering wheel controls. The final and most upgraded trim level, the EX, includes heated seats and a powered moonroof, as well as optional traction control.

The Suzuki Verona comes equipped with a 2.5-liter, inline six-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed transmission. The engine offers 155 hp and undergoes constant criticism for its sluggish performance. The Verona seems to have difficulty performing the simplest tasks, such as accelerating and passing. Strangely enough, the basic four-speed transmission marks the best part of the Verona’s powertrain.

Suzuki Verona Evolution

Suzuki made very few changes to the Verona from the 2004 model year edition to the 2006 edition. Overall, these cars disappoint industry leaders and experts. As noted, the car does not sell well and compares unfavorably to other cars in its class. Even the car’s low selling price fails to earn it popularity. As such, few used models of the Verona exist.

The Suzuki Verona also experiences problems due to its interior cabin design. The gauges and controls are nicely placed and easy to read and use, but the rest of the design lacks appeal on many levels. People expect a certain level of comfort from this class of car. With the Verona, the dash looks and feels cheap due to its inexpensive plastics. The car’s upholstery also leaves much to be desired and fails to provide the luxury feel one would expect from leather.

Select a Suzuki Verona Year

2006 Suzuki Verona

Midsize, Sedan

2005 Suzuki Verona

Midsize, Sedan

The 2005 Suzuki Verona has its history starting in 2004 as a compact front-drive sedan, sporting a V-6 motor and a smooth and comfortable ride.

2004 Suzuki Verona

Midsize, Sedan

Launched in 2004, the Suzuki Verona marks the largest vehicle in Suzuki’s lineup.