2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover: Inexpensive All-Weather Runabout

March 24, 2010
Unlike their cross-town rivals at Subaru, the boys and girls at Suzuki prefer to give their customers a choice as to whether or not they want the security of all-wheel drive in their vehicles. Such is the case with the new Suzuki Kizashi and it remains so with the 2010 Suzuki SX4 Crossover which happens to be one of the nation’s cheapest all-wheel drive vehicles.

Model delineations within the SX4 line have changed a bit this year, however, and now Suzuki offers an front-drive only SX4 Sport variant that might be a better choice if it rarely snows where you live and you are looking to save some cash. Do note that the front drive only SX4 comes in either hatchback (Sportback) or sedan (Sport) styles—the Crossover only available as a five-door hatch.

Unfortunately for fans of All-Wheel Drive you still have to stump up $19,985 for a top of the line Touring AWD model which, unsurprisingly, is probably your smartest buy because it is where all the fun toys hide. Honestly, when a car comes with navigation and AWD for under $20,000 you really can’t complain about it truly being “fully loaded.”

You know what else the 2010 Suzuki Crossover Touring AWD comes with? Automatic climate control, heated front seats, an 8-speaker premium audio system with six-disc changer, keyless go, fog lamps, silver roof rails, sharp looking 16 inch alloy wheels, CVT automatic transmission and steering wheel mounted audio controls. When you get that many features at that low at a price this low your feelings of anxiety should just slip away. Much like how the anxiety will leave you the first time you drive your AWD SX4 home through a blizzard.

But wait, that isn’t the whole story in regards to Suzuki’s extremely high value equation. This next feature covers all their cars and it is a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that is fully transferable to subsequent owners. This helps aid in your resale value down the road and is definitely not something Hyundai or Kia offers.

Powered by a 2.0-liter 148-horsepower engine with 140 pound-feet of torque, the Suzuki is still a rather spry accelerator due to the fact that this motor loves to rev and the AWD system is relatively lightweight. Fuel efficiency is excellent for an all-wheel drive vehicle at 23 city/29 highway.

Suzuki didn’t become champions in Rally Car Racing for nothing. Besides knowing how to package the maximum amount of space into the body of a small car Suzuki also knows how to make its cars fun to drive. The steering is surprisingly free of the on-center numbness that afflicts some Japanese cars and the chassis holds the road so well you may be out looking for S curves covered in black ice come Winter.

The interior of the Suzuki SX4 Crossover was nicely updated for 2010 with improved quality feel to some of the plastics, classier chrome ringed dashboard gauges and a totally new center stack design. The result is an interior that just feels a bit more upscale than last year’s model but loses none of its no-nonsense Suzuki charm.

In The Car Connection John Voelker gave the 2010 SX4 a 7.6 out of ten points and stated that, “(it) delivers cheerful refinement at a remarkably low price; its only Achilles Heel is its fuel efficiency.” The all-wheel drive adds some weight and perhaps drag, so it wouldn't be reasonable for the 2010 AWD SX4 to match the Civic for mileage anyway.

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