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2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback Review


Hot Hatchback

A three-quarter rear view of a white 2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

In short: A sporty and smooth-handling 5-door hatchback.

The aptly-named Suzuki SX4 Sportback is a fun-to-drive 5-door hatchback that combines excellent handling and peppy acceleration with a comfortable, well-equipped interior. Although the SX4 Sportback's EPA rating of 23 mpg city is unimpressive when compared with the figures of competitors such as the Honda Fit, drivers looking for a little more performance from their compact city car will do well to check out this agile economy hatchback.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 3-year/ 36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $17,999

Technical Specifications

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

Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 150 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 140 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,732 lbs
Wheelbase: 98.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 162.8/69.1/62.2 in
Turning circle: 17.4 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS

Suspension: MacPherson strut front with coil springs; torsion beam rear with coil springs

traction control and vehicle stability control

0-60 mph: 8.3 seconds (est.)

EPA City:
23 mpg
EPA Highway: 30 mpg

dual front airbags; side airbags; curtain airbags


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Monster Najima tests out his 2010 Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special on the course at Pikes Peak, Colorado

Car in the Clouds
Driving a modified 2010 Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, Japanese uphill hero Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima earned his fifth consecutive overall win at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, June 27, 2010. Exhaustively tested at the Monster Sport wind tunnel facility in Japan, Tajima's extra-special SX4 features a fine-tuned aerodynamic design and a truly monstrous, Pikes Peak-proven 910-horsepower Twin Turbo Monster Special V6 powerplant.

Photography: Suzuki

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