2013 Suzuki SX4 vs. Its Competition

2013 Suzuki SX4
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

No longer one of a few subcompacts on the road, the Suzuki SX4 has plenty of newer competition, some of it highly entertaining in its own right.

There's the Chevy Sonic, one of our favorite small cars to drive, thanks to powerful turbo versions and sprightly handling, and the Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2, both a bit smaller in overall interior space but with road manners almost as fun as the Chevy's.

The Nissan Versa sedan offers some of the same value proposition as the SX4, and a similar lack of frills but from a better-known nameplate.

And for those who need all-wheel drive to complete their driving experience, there's the compact Subaru Impreza, new last year, with improvements in ride, handling, and performance, as well as styling and features.

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2013 Ford Fiesta 5dr HB SE Angular Front Exterior View2013 Ford Fiesta
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2013 Mazda Mazda22013 Mazda MAZDA2
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2013 Subaru Impreza2013 Subaru Impreza
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Quick Specs
A good value in the subcompact class, the Suzuki SX4 is one of the least expensive all-wheel-drive cars you can buy.
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic swaps econobox blues for sporty driving feel as well as safety, refinement, and comfort.
Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
The 2013 Mazda2 stands out among entry-level hatchbacks due to its zippy driving feel and good real-world mileage--although the limited feature set and basic appointments won't appeal to everyone.
The 2013 Nissan Versa is at its best up against used cars: If you can overlook some cheap-feeling details, it's a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car, for used-car money.
The 2013 Impreza retains the Subaru hallmarks of standard all-wheel drive, practicality, and durability, while packing in more features for the money—and it looks good doing it.
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22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
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Small station wagonSubcompact CarsSubcompactCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
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4-Door Sedan Manual LE FWD4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-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
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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