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2012 Suzuki SX4 Review

Although it’s one of the few small cars available with all-wheel drive and offers generous cargo space, the 2012 Suzuki SX4 falls short with lackluster fuel economy and cheap cabin materials, according to critics.

Pros & Cons

  • Good cargo capacity
  • Cheap interior
  • Unrefined powertrain
  • Lackluster fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.1
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2012 Suzuki SX4 Overview

The 2012 SX4, available as a sedan or hatchback and is powered by a four-cylinder engine, which is paired with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine received mixed reviews, as some critics were pleased with the power, while others thought the SX4 feels a bit sluggish. Most agreed that either transmission choice lacks the sophistication and precision of rivals' transmissions. Some critics said the SX4 has decent ride quality, though others said it can feel jarring over rough roads. A front-wheel drive SX4 with the CVT achieves 25/32 mpg city/highway, which isn’t all that spectacular for the class. An all-wheel drive 2012 Subaru Impreza achieves better fuel economy.

Most reviewers agreed that the SX4’s cabin falls short of rivals’, with an old design and cheap materials throughout. For the most part, critics said the SX4’s seats offer sufficient comfort and space, but some noted that taller passengers might be short on legroom, though they liked the SX4’s spacious back seat. The base SX4 does not come standard with features like a stereo or air conditioning, but they are available. Other available features include cruise control, keyless entry, navigation and Bluetooth. The sedan offers 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, while the hatchback has 51.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded. Both figures are very good for small cars.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Subaru Impreza has standard all-wheel drive and returns decent fuel economy for the class. Reviewers said the Impreza’s interior is spacious and is built with quality materials.

Though not available with all-wheel drive, the 2012 Ford Focus was liked by critics, who said it delivers refined, agile handing and a high-quality interior. The Focus is also available in both hatchback and sedan body styles.

Compare the SX4, Impreza and Focus »


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