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2004 Suzuki Aerio SX Review


City Slicker

A three-quarter rear view of a blue 2004 Suzuki Aerio SX

In short: A nice looking small, sporty city and utility vehicle.

This Japanese manufacturer has been well known worldwide for its award-winning motorcycles—now it's heading for the US on four wheels. Among Suzuki's full line of small sporty vehicles is a new five-door offering in a handsome sporty package. It reminds us of the European econoboxes with sport and fuel economy in mind.

An interior view of the 2004 Suzuki Aerio SX

Though not a record breaker in fuel economy with its multi-valve 2.3 liter it does have a sporty feel to it - unless you pack it with four adults and drive up a hill. That said, it is a nimble city car perfect for grocery shopping and school pick-up duties. It is very easy to park in ever shrinking spaces and is fully protected by a 100,000 miles seven-year warranty, ABS breaking and dual air bags.

In fact, it received the highest overall "best pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also comes with a nifty in-dash 6Disc CD/AM/FM audio system with great sound, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, a 60/40 split folding rear seat—turning the little cruiser into a utility vehicle with a decent cargo area—15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, remote keyless entry, power windows, locks, heated mirrors, digital displays, and a climate control with a micron air filtration system. Need we say more?

Observations: Gets noisy quickly and gearshift handle is loose.

Price as tested: $16,299

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

- 2.3liter DOHC 16 Valve I-4 engine.
- Horsepower (SAE): 155 @ 5,400 rpm
- Zero Maintainance timing chain
5-speed manual or (automatic)

front, driver and passenger airbags.

Acceleration: 0-60 mph
8.3 sec.

Fuel Economy:
25 city / 31 highway


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  (Updated: 07/06/10 NW)

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