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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Front roof pillars impede the view to the sides
Consistent with Suzuki's philosophy of both fun and safe driving
Four stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact
Aside from a few four-star crash-test ratings, the 2009 Suzuki SX4 offers an impressive safety resume.
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 has not been tested by the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which puts vehicles through very stringent exams. However, the SX4 lineup has been tested extensively by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and boasted impressive crash-test ratings, especially for its size. Both the Suzuki SX4 Sport and Crossover earned four out of five stars in NHTSA frontal impact tests, and both Suzuki SX4 variants earned a perfect five-star rating in side-impact tests, as well as a four-star rating in the rollover category.
The list of safety features on the 2009 Suzuki SX4 includes what’s expected on a modern vehicle. Edmunds remarks that "traction and stability control, an unusual feature for this class, is standard on SX4 Touring models." ConsumerGuide points out that a "tire-pressure monitor" and "daytime running lights" are standard fare on the Suzuki SX4. Edmunds reports that "every 2009 Suzuki SX4 comes with antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and head-protecting side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers."
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 generally provides decent visibility, but some reviewers issue minor complaints. ConsumerGuide notes "some testers complain that the front roof pillars impede the view to the sides," though Edmunds counters by saying the high seating position is "beneficial to outward visibility." Cars.com takes both sides, finding "the view forward from the front seats is great, but the large A-pillar on the right side is in the driver's line of sight when checking for pedestrians and cars."
Some economy cars skimp on safety features but not the 2009 SX4.