2008 Suzuki Reno

2008 Suzuki Reno Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Suzuki Reno was new.

The Reno delivers reasonable exterior style and interior spaciousness, but can't match the smooth handling, fuel economy, and number of standard safety features found in other cars in its class. It has been discontinued for 2009.

6.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 6.5
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Good-looking Euro-inspired exterior design
  • Spacious and comfortable interior
  • Many standard convenience features for its price
  • Noisy, sluggish acceleration and only adequate overall performance
  • Soft suspension makes for a bumpy ride
  • Short list of standard safety features

2008 Suzuki Reno Overview

Although the 2008 Suzuki Reno is reasonably stylish, comfortable and well equipped, it isn't competitive within its class and price range on handling, fuel economy or safety. However, most reviews say the Reno is an adequate car despite only providing the bare minimum. The Washington Post says the Reno "is a city car, a neighborhood runner. It does well in those environments; and anyone buying the car for that specific use, as a daily urban commuter, is buying something of measurable value."

If you're looking for a city car with more all-around appeal, consider the Honda Civic. The Civic has come to stand for the key qualities of a small city car -- great handling, contemporary design and great gas mileage.

  • "Suzuki's cheapest car is a sleek-looking and practical hatchback that comes standard with many power features and a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. But the driving experience is very forgettable-the Reno finished dead last in a recent seven-car comparison test." -- Car and Driver
  • "Reno's surprises went beyond performance. Compact car; big ambitions. Welcome to Reno." -- Sacramento Bee
  • "A decent little hatchback for people in need of inexpensive, reliable but otherwise unremarkable personal transportation." -- Washington Post
  • "With perky acceleration, responsive brakes, and agile lane-change maneuverability, it's the frugal-with-flair alternative" -- Motor Trend

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