1996 Suzuki X-90

  • 1996 Suzuki X-90 T-TOP Soft Top Sport Utility

    T-TOP Soft Top Sport Utility

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1996 Suzuki X-90 Review

Cute and rugged: a rare combination.

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The 1996 Suzuki X-90 is based off the Sidekick design with a much more stylish variant of the tiny sport utility vehicle (SUV). However, it functions more as a replacement to the outdated Samurai, despite the different model designs.

While the 1996 Suzuki X-90 handles itself well compared to similar-sized SUVs, such as the Suzuki Sidekick and Geo Tracker. It's very much focused on the unusual body design as its main selling point, and doesn't have the wide range of options that the Sidekick offers. However, the solid features list does not hurt it too badly in comparison, so style-focused drivers are not missing out on too much by choosing the X-90 over the Sidekick.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Suzuki X-90

What's New

The 1996 Suzuki X-90 debuts as a brand new model.


The 1996 Suzuki X-90 is a very short SUV that measures in at 146.1 inches long. Despite being an SUV, the body styling is more akin to a coupe or convertible and is rounded and graceful, rather than using the hard angles so common in SUVs.


The 1996 Suzuki X-90 has very little in terms of features, and somewhat unusually, the interior features are tied to the drive system. The two-wheel drive model receives power windows and locks as standard features, whereas the four-wheel drive receives cruise control, anti-theft system, and a stereo as standard. An air-conditioner is available as an optional feature.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Suzuki X-90, like most tiny SUVs, tends to surprise drivers with higher-than-expected performance. If anything, this effect is magnified due to its almost coupe-like appearance. Despite looking almost like a toy, it can handle off-road driving quite well. The engine is smaller than other SUVs, but handles well since it carries less weight. While the four-wheel drive gives ample traction, it cannot handle the difficult terrain that larger SUVs can take, but handles well enough on fairly even off-road areas. The small body size also lends itself to easy turning and handling. The roadway performance is a little less impressive due to slightly lackluster acceleration, but it still does well overall.


The 1996 Suzuki X-90 is equipped with dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki X-90, five-speed manual two-wheel drive: 22/26 mpg city/highway
Suzuki X-90, four-speed automatic four-wheel drive: 21/25 mpg city/highway
Suzuki X-90, five-speed manual four-wheel drive: 22/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent off-road performance for the price
  • Decent handling
  • Extremely distinct design makes it unique

You Won't Like

  • Weak acceleration
  • Limited appeal because of the unique style
  • Extremely distinct design might not click with target audience

Sum Up

Cute and rugged: a rare combination.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Geo Tracker
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Suzuki Sidekick

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