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This Garmin unit was almost universally praised by our staff
Edmunds' Inside Line
The navigation system has only a 4.8-inch screen, but Suzuki does a good job of mounting it in the car and integrating it with the audio system.
the auxiliary music player input jack will please audiophiles
Thanks to that nav system, Bluetooth hands-free calling is part of the package, too.
The 2012 Suzuki SX4 is an often-overlooked contender among some of the lowest-priced cars on the market, especially in its base Sedan model. And its better-equipped models--the SportBack and all-wheel drive Crossover in particular--compete well in the higher portions of the small-car segment.
The base Sedan model of the SX4 is a simple, stripped-down, and inexpensive small car that still manages to include power windows and mirrors. It forgoes a sound system, however. An option package bundles together four popular items: keyless entry, air conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a four-speaker sound system with CD player.
As it has been for several years, the base 2012 Suzuki SX4 Crossover model remains the least expensive all-wheel drive vehicle sold in the U.S. It comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, plus that bundle of four features that's optional on the base sedan.
Then there's the front-wheel drive SportBack model, which adds a six-disc CD changer and an AM-FM-CD-MP3 audio system that's equipped to handle SIrius Satellite Radio, along with a trip computer, air conditioning, keyless entry, and those 17-inch alloy wheels.
Rather than engineer a fully integrated navigation system, Suzuki offers a removable Garmin system with a 4.3-inch touchscreen that can be included in models fitted with the Technology package. It's delivered with databases of restaurants, hotels, ATMs, gas stations, and real-time traffic and weather data, plus Google search. It's fully integrated into the audio system. Both an iPod interface usable via steering-wheel controls and a TRIP system for hands-free calling plus audible text messages are optional.
The 2012 Suzuki SX4 offers a lot for the money, especially in the better-equipped higher-end models.