2012 Suzuki SX4 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Competition has truly heated up in the SX4's class just over the past couple of model years.

One of the most direct rivals to the SX4 in design and personality is the Ford Fiesta.

The Fiesta is a little more flamboyant, but it's also offered as a hatchback or sedan, with a sporty driving feel.

The Mazda2 is only a hatchback, but it's even sportier--and is priced competitively for value-conscious shoppers.

But it's the Nissan Versa sedan that remains the lowest-priced model in the U.S.

market; it's been completely redesigned this year, while the Versa hatchback is carried over.

Compared to the SX4, the Versa has a very detached driving experience, though it's one of the most comfortable small cars.

Also completely new this year is the Chevrolet Sonic, which replaces the Aveo but is far more refined and comfortable.

And the Subaru Impreza is the next-lowest-priced model with all-wheel drive above the SX4.

Gas mileage is a weak point for the Suzuki; all of these models have more impressive fuel economy than the SX4.

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Quick Specs
The 2012 Suzuki SX4 remains the lowest-priced car with all-wheel drive, and it's one of the best small-car values for the money.
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
With a zippy driving feel and good real-world gas mileage, the 2012 Mazda2 really stands out among entry-level vehicles.
The 2012 Nissan Versa is a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car for used-car money—but if you're a stickler for the details it can feel as cheap as it is.
Crisply restyled, with higher gas mileage, more space inside, a nicer interior, and all-wheel drive standard, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is a newly compelling compact alternative.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
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Small station wagonSubcompact CarSubcompact- TBD -CompactCompact Cars
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4-Door Sedan Manual FWD4-Door Sedan LS 1LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door HB Manual Sport4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S4-Door Manual 2.0i
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
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Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door HB4 Door SedanSedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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