2011 Suzuki SX4 Safety

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Safety
Especially relative to other small-car models, the Suzuki SX4 has a strong set of safety features—and there's no compromise for base models. Side and side-curtain bags are included, along with electronic stability control and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes—in a class in which rear drums are the norm. And for 2011, rear side airbags have been added to the roster, along with larger rear head restraints.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the SX4 has earned top 'good' ratings for frontal offset and side impact, though it only received a 'marginal' score in the seat-based rear-impact test—indicating a higher chance of whiplash or neck injury.

The SX4 hasn't yet been rated in the revised (and more stringent) federal NCAP tests introduced for 2011. But in the former federal tests, both the Suzuki SX4 Sport and Crossover earned four out of five stars in NHTSA frontal impact tests, and both styles achieved a perfect five-star rating in side-impact tests.

The SX4's strong list of standard safety features is noteworthy, but its safety ratings themselves aren't class-leading.

Visibility from the driver's seat is particularly good, with the upright seating and dropped window line providing a better-than-average view.

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