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1997 Suzuki X-90 Review
For those who can’t decide.
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The Suzuki X-90 debuted as a replacement for the now-defunct Suzuki Samurai. As far as replacements go, the X-90 is larger, more powerful, and more sophisticated. But its look is either unique or freakish, depending on the consumer's viewpoint. The car, which is technically a truck, is the marriage of a two-door sports coupe, a convertible, and a four-wheel-drive SUV. The target market is young drivers with disposable income. The only upgrade available is a four-wheel-drive option.
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki X-90
The 1997 Suzuki X-90 doesn't receive any major changes.
The exterior features a body-colored grille up front and a rear wing spoiler. The T-top roof has easy-to-remove glass panels for those who want to feel the wind in their hair. The car comes with 15-inch alloy wheels and a compact, temporary spare tire. The car measures 66.7 inches wide, 60.5 inches tall, and 146.1 inches long on an 86.6-inch wheelbase.
This ultra-cozy car seats two in cloth-covered bucket seats. There are four-way driver and passenger seats for comfort. Standard features include power windows and locks, power steering, tinted windows, an electric rear window defogger, intermittent wipers, full carpeting, a day/night rearview mirror, and a12-volt power outlet. Scant options include an AM/FM/Cassette audio system and air-conditioning. Storage options include a locking glove box, full floor console, front cup holder, and 8.4 cubic feet of trunk space. Choose the four-wheel-drive option and get cruise control, a security alarm, and an Alpine stereo system.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Suzuki X-90 runs on a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 95 horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque. A manual transmission is standard, but an automatic is also available. Drivers can choose a two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and there is a MacPherson strut suspension up front with a solid rear axle. Overall, the engine is not powerful enough for the sporty design, nor is it fat or quiet. Corners are slow-going and passengers will be able to feel every bump on the road. But its compact design makes it a breeze to park and weave in and out of traffic.
The 1997 Suzuki X-90 carries minimal safety features. Standard features include driver and passenger front airbags, four-wheel ABS, daytime running lights, power front disc/rear drum brakes, and fixed headrests. Warnings gauges are present and include a light for oil pressure, engine temperature, low battery, key in ignition, and low fuel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute did not rate this car for Highway Safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Truly unique look
- Four-wheel-drive option
You Won't Like
- Wimpy engine
- Slow on corners
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