Suzuki Offer First Standard Nav System Under $16k

Posted: April 28, 2008

Suzuki has announced that the 2009 SX4 will be the first car in America available for under $16,000 with a navigation system as standard equipment.  Though standard nav systems have become commonplace on more expensive cars, they remain expensive options on more of the SX4's competition in the small car class.

Jalopnik says "The new system, called TRIP, will offer Microsoft Network features such as real-time traffic, weather, local event listings, Bluetooth integration, audible text messaging and up-to-date cheap gas finding."

The Los Angeles Times is impressed.  Test driving the SX4, LA Times reviewer Dan Neal writes, "All-wheel drive, nav, alloy wheels, good stereo? That's pretty much everything on my personal must-have punch list."

Autoblog comments, "Will standard nav help Suzuki win over new customers? It sure isn't going to hurt. Given that the technology has dropped in price so precipitously, it's probably not even costing Suzuki too much in the grand scheme of things. And if the presence of that nav unit gets some fence-sitting new car shoppers to write out a check for at least $16,000, it's probably worth whatever it cost to integrate it into the base package. Maybe Suzuki's onto something."

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