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2013 Suzuki SX4 Review

Used 2013 Suzuki SX4s sit near the bottom of the class because of below-average reliability and poor safety scores. The SX4 is similarly underwhelming in areas like performance and interior. It has a humble base engine, a spotty transmission, and a basic design with few features. 

Pros & Cons

  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Good cargo space in hatchback models
  • Poor safety scores
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Few standard and available features
  • Drab interior design

New for 2013

  • Last model year of production
  • New front fascia design
  • Voice-activated, touch-screen navigation available




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.3
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2013 Suzuki SX4 Overview

Is the 2013 Suzuki SX4 a Good Used Car?

In short, the 2013 Suzuki SX4 isn't a good car. The transmission drones, the engine is modest, and the reliability score is very low. You may consider it if you're on a super tight budget, but if not, you should look at the abundance of good cars in this class.

Used 2013 Suzuki SX4 Performance and Interior

The 2013 Suzuki SX4 is powered by a 150-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Both a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission are available. Most used SX4s come with front-wheel drive, but Crossover trims boast intelligent all-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates range from 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway down to 22/29 mpg city/highway, depending on the powertrain.

The SX4 has decent power and acceleration for daily driving, but the car’s weight hampers its speed. For better performance, stick with the manual transmission, as the CVT drones loudly and delivers inconsistent shifts. It's easy to maneuver the SX4 in tight spots, and handling overall is composed for a small car. Some models may have a stiffer sport-tuned suspension that results in a harsher ride quality.

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The Suzuki SX4 seats five on cloth upholstery. Upgrades like leather are not available. A split-folding rear seat is standard, and there are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connections. A third top tether anchor services the rear middle seat.

The SX4 is available in three body styles: sedan, hatchback, and crossover. Sedan models have a good amount of trunk space, at 15.5 cubic feet. Five-door models offer up to 51.8 cubic feet of space. With a high seating position, the SX4 offers good visibility in the front seats. Headroom is adequate in all seating positions, but rear legroom can be a little tight.

Standard features in the 2013 SX4 include power side mirrors, power windows and door locks, an auxiliary input, and a four-speaker stereo. Available features include cruise control, keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, touch-screen navigation, heated outside mirrors, proximity-key entry, and a keyless ignition. In keeping with its value-laden appeal, the SX4's interior quality is pretty spartan. Its design is simple – if a bit dated – and the layout of most buttons is straightforward. The available navigation screen is small and hard to read.

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Used 2013 Suzuki SX4 Prices

Average prices for a 2013 Suzuki SX4 run from around $6,900 up to about $9,200. Actual prices will depend on the car's mileage, features, and condition. They can also vary with demand and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Suzuki SX4?

The 2013 Suzuki SX4 has a reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s considered below average among all vehicles on the road.

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How Safe Is the SX4?

The 2013 SX4 has low composite safety scores for its class. It earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The SX4 only received three stars in the side impact test. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the SX4 received the highest mark of Good in the moderate overlap front and side impact tests, and a lower rating of Marginal in rear crash protection.

The SX4 doesn't offer any driver assistance features, such as a rearview camera or parking sensors.

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Is the 2013 SX4 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Suzuki SX4 is the last year of the car's first and only North American generation, which began with the 2007 model year. Choosing the 2012 model instead will likely save you money, but you’ll miss out on the 2013 model’s available navigation and USB ports. Don’t bother looking at used 2011 models unless you really want to save money; they do not have standard stability control or rear disc brakes.

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Which Used Suzuki SX4 Is Right for Me?

The 2013 SX4 is available in four trims that incorporate three body styles: Sedan LE, Sport Sedan, the hatchback Sportback, and AWD Crossover. If you want all-wheel drive, the Crossover model is your only option. It offers the same amount of cargo space as the Sportback. If a four-door sedan is more your speed, go with the Suzuki SX4 Sport. It comes with amenities like alloy wheels, a sport suspension, Bluetooth, and touch-screen navigation.

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2013 Suzuki SX4 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Suzuki SX4 or 2013 Honda Fit?

The 2013 Honda Fit is a subcompact hatchback with similar prices to what you’ll find with the SX4. However, the Fit earns high in-class ranking thanks to its great reliability score. It also has cargo space comparable to the SX4 hatchback. Both of these budget cars have unimpressive safety ratings. The Fit offers decent interior quality and ample passenger room all around. Because of its combination of value, quality, and utility, we named the Fit our 2013 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and 2013 Best Hatchback for the Money. While not exciting by any means, the Fit's performance consists of capable engine power and agile steering. The Fit is overall a much better buy than the SX4.

Which Is Better: 2013 Suzuki SX4 or 2013 Subaru Impreza?

The 2013 Subaru Impreza gets great safety scores, but it suffers from an even worse reliability score than the SX4. The low end of the average prices for an Impreza is higher than what an SX4 tops out at, which could put off shoppers who are on a budget. However, the Subaru comes standard with all-wheel drive. Performance is better with the Impreza; it has lithe handling, though a meek standard engine. You can also get features in the Subaru that you can't in the Suzuki, such as leather, heated seats, a moonroof, and a rearview camera. The Impreza is the better car in general, but you should expect to pay much more for it.

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