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2006 Suzuki Reno Review

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A three-quarter front view of a 2006 Suzuki Reno

In short: A value-packed subcompact 5-Door.

The interior of the 2006 Suzuki Reno
2006 Suzuki Reno
The engine of the 2006 Suzuki Reno
If you are in the market for a starter car, a practical little city car, or something for teens who just got their license, why not opt for the Reno? It delivers great value and is backed by "America’s #1 Warranty." Don’t expect to win any road races, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the ever-present pickup, thanks to the five-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, it took precise work to shift gears on the Korean tranny, which interacts with a torque-y 16-valve Australian engine generating 127 horsepower.

Overall, the Suzuki Reno is a well designed little car. The five-door configuration offers great flexibility for cargo, especially on trips to the nursery or the hardware store. The standard model starts at $13,000, which includes air conditioning, power windows and door locks. You can treat yourself to a few more goodies like cruise control and sunroof with the Convenience Package, or trick it out with Premium option with anti-lock brakes at a lean $15,400. You’ll save a bundle upon delivery, at the pump, and even with your car insurance with this cute ute.

Warranty/Service: 100,000-mile/7-year transferable Powertrain limited warranty; 24/7/365 roadside assistance; warranty repair courtesy vehicle program.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2006 Suzuki Reno

Base Price: $13,199 /As tested: $13,199

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4
Horsepower: 127 bhp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 131 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight: 2,739 lbs
Wheelbase: 102.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 169.1/67.9/56.9 in
Turning circle: N/A

Brakes: four-wheel disc
independent front and rear

Safety: front air bags, front side air bags

0-60 mph: 8.7 seconds
Top Speed: 112 mph (governed)

EPA City: 23 mpg
EPA Highway: 30 mpg

Likes: small and practical; good pick-up; low price

Dislikes: testy clutch; noisy; loose handling; fuel economy should be better

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(Updated: 01/12/12 NW)

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