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.