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Suzuki SX4 Crossover

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  • How did you buy a sunlight copper SPORT model when they only sell that color in the CROSSOVER version! Are you someone posing as a suzuki owner?
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Probably meant the crossover since it was called sport in 07. Suzuki needs to do a better job naming their cars!
  • I agree. The names are confusing. Also the packages. You have to read them really carefully to see exactly what you're getting. I still love the crossover though. It's the best winter vehicle I've driven in a long time!
  • Hello All,
    I am leaning strongly towards getting the Cross Over SX4. However I am unable to locate any modification parts for it in North America. I am eager to find a lowering Kit, Has anyone gone to this extent to modify their SX4? And if so where did you source your parts.

    Thks
    Kelton :D
  • Hi All,
    I am no car expert but I know quite some about cars. Putting aside what this little xover is made of it is almost a perfect car for the general car buying populace. YOU JUST DON'T FIND CARS AS GOOD LOOKING AS THIS ONE THESE DAYS. So many good features in and around it for a car of this size. I noticed the improvements from last year's model. I believe this is almost a perfect car because one (just one) good component is not there, the overdrive in the AT, :cry: . Would it make a good big difference? I don't know, I would need to be argued on this. If people mentioned about rpm in recent posts, then there is a legit concern here. I hope I am making no sense here because I like this car so much. I would buy one with my whole heart. Gas mileage,- I wouldn't care, pulling the differentials while 2 wheeling, - I wouldn't care either. AWD is nice even though it's not needed where I live. Someone please justify this NO-OD thing. It bothers me when the engine revs mad without overdrive. Is OD out of date already as those high end makes and models now use + and - signs in their gears? I am just so OD'd. By the way it should be a very safe car for it has quite a number of airbags.

    Happy Xovering.
  • jake52jake52 Posts: 2
    I am about to have a remote starter installed in the crossover and wonder if anyone else has had the same kind of work done! Does it effect the smart key aspect that's already installed,and does it require having the wiring harness being cut to install the new equipment? My wife is worried that this may cause problems afterward and may void the warranty currently in effect! We have already had a problem with the fob not locking the vehicle from the outside once! It returned to normal and we don't know why it failed in the first place! Has anyone else had any problems with the locking mechanism?
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    What are the differences between the 2007 SX4 and the 2008?
    I notice there are two topics of discussion.
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    ;) If you are smart...DO NOT !!!! If you are under warranty and installer goofs..then dealer can say go back to installer and have him pay $600 for the electronic control module that he fried. Do not let dealer do the work unless he guarantees that Suzuki will stand behind his work and you get a letter stating this from Suzuki because dealers are going out of business left and right. By the way..do you feel that Suzuki gave the interior a cheap look? Let me know :)
  • There is another blog going on about that, but let me just summarize:

    The AUTOmatic transmission actually turns lower RPM @ 70mph than the Manual WITH Overdrive... just under 3000. It's all about gearing. While no rocket, it's not gutless, either. My wife "LETS" me drive sometimes, and I've never been disappointed.
  • satguy84satguy84 Posts: 4
    Let me start by thanking all of the previous posters who related their experiences with their SX4 crossovers. I read them all before deciding to buy one. Now I can relate mine! Picked up my 2008 yesterday; had to drive an hour away to get one, but that gave me a nice drive home to test it out. Got the Touring package and manual transmission. For what I would have paid for a stripped down Toyota Matrix, I got ALL the goodies! Fit and finish are very good; a minor difficulty occurred during the dealer prep. They broke the hood prop, but have promised to make good on this small detail. The expressway drive home was smooth with no surprises, although I did notice that the higher profile (higher than my old '91 Corolla) did make it more susceptible to cross winds. I really appreciate the feedback on this site. It made my decision to purchase this car somewhat easier. I will update you on my experiences as I continue to drive, but so far I LOVE IT!
  • perry99perry99 Posts: 43
    Okay, I've had my 2008 Suzuki SX4 Crossover with Touring Package and automatic transmission for about 5 months now, so I'm ready to post my full review:

    Summary
    Pros: Looks, handling, AWD, comfort, visibility
    Cons: Cabin storage, gas mileage

    As background, I should point out that the previous cars that I’ve owned and driven were a 1999 Mazda Protégé (manual) and a 2005 Mazda3 hatchback (manual). Over the years in my travels, I’ve driven dozens of different cars as rentals.
    My car now has about 2,600 miles on it.

    Handling/Acceleration
    The car handles very well, almost the same as my Mazda3 (which costs more and has “zoom-zoom”!). The higher seating position had made me leery at first of higher-speed turns, but I’ve learned that it handles them solidly and surely. The steering is perhaps a bit off the sharp feel I had with the Mazda, but it still provides excellent feedback and control in pointing the car where I want it to go.

    It is a heavy car (heavier than my Mazda3, in fact), but acceleration is fine. From a standstill, I have no problems and it’s even quite peppy. There does seem to be a range from about 40-60 where the car struggles a bit to accelerate, but once I reach highway cruising speed, I have no problem keeping up with traffic or passing. I’m sure at least part of the reason is that the automatic is geared (at least in that range) more towards better gas mileage than brisk acceleration.

    The four-wheel disk brakes are excellent. I had to slam on the brakes a few times due to stupid drivers in front of me, and the car stopped quickly and with full control.

    Unfortunately, I’ve not had an opportunity to test the AWD in adverse conditions. We had some snow and rain, but nothing very slippery. But knowing the AWD is there has certainly made me feel more secure in whatever driving conditions.

    Noise
    The engine is rather growly when accelerating, but not unpleasant. Overall road noise is less than my 2005 Mazda3’s was. Highway cruising is nice and quiet.

    Visibility

    This is a category in which the SX4 really impresses me. The tall stance, the wide windows all around, and the extra-large rear-view mirrors make for excellent 360° visibility. Much better than my Mazda3 hatchback’s, or, frankly, any other car I’ve ever driven.

    Gas mileage

    The only real negative is the gas mileage. Despite the rating of 21 city / 28 highway, I’ve been mostly getting around 20mph, even with 50% or more highway travel. I drive very gently: never really floor it, and try to coast whenever possible. The most I’ve gotten is about 27.5mph with almost all flat highway driving. The worst I’ve gotten is 18mph. In watching the instant mph calculator on my dash, the car seems to be capable of around 30mph on flat highways, but if there is any hill travel involved that seems to suck a lot more gas. Unfortunately, I live in very hilly Seattle, so if I’ve done a long flat-highway trip, just the few miles of hill travel getting home seems to ruin my overall mileage. In contrast, my Mazda3 would regularly get around 25mph in city travel, up to 32mph in mostly highway.

    Comfort

    The front seats are very comfortable for both short and long trips (the longest trip I’ve taken so far was about 3.5 hours each way). Lateral support is very good. The rear seats are comfortable as well, and are high up, which gives the back seat passengers good visibility and improves their leg room. The fabric isn’t as nice as the Mazda’s, but it is quite nice for this class.

    Controls

    I like the dash very much. The controls are large, easy to read, and easy to use with just a quick glance. Much nicer than many of the overly-busy dashes I’ve seen on other cars. I’ve heard complaints from others about the steering controls not being lit. This is a minor point for me, since after a few weeks, I learned which controls were where, and can use them by touch. The raised bumps on these controls make this easy once you’ve learned the placement of the controls relative to the others. The one slight negative is that the dash computer (which shows time, temperature, and mileage info) gets washed out and unreadable when the sun is at certain angles.

    Storage

    The interior doesn’t have many nooks for storing items, and I miss having a door for the CD compartment under the radio controls. The glove compartment is on the small side, but adequate for documents and small items. An arm rest is not standard. The optional dealer-installed arm rest is well worth it, both for somewhere to put your arm and the small storage compartment inside (big enough for a notepad and pens; not CD’s)

    The rear storage is fine for several bags of groceries. I like the square shape of the opening, and that the rear hatch doesn’t need much clearance to be opened. The sculpted handle is a nice touch for easily shutting the hatch without getting fingerprints on the outside. The fold-down seats are easy to use and open up a lot more space, and being able to fold the seats up against the front seats makes for an even more convenient space. It’s nice and square, so fitting boxes, etc. is easy and makes the best use of the space.

    Looks

    I love the European styling of the car. From most angles, it looks really sharp. A few of the rear angles make it look a bit bloated, but that hard to avoid all-around with such a tall, yet short car.

    My car is the Sunlight Copper. I like that it’s a different color from most other cars, but not so bright that it stands out too much. Depending on the type of lighting (for example bright sun, cloudy day, street lights) the color ranges from deep red to orange to a deep copper.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Thanks for such a detailed and informative review!

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Your mileage isn't so bad, considering where you live...and the fact that you have an AWD car. Find any other AWD that gets better mileage. Plus, your mileage should improve after 5,000 or so miles.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Nice review. Interesting comments on mileage. Looked at the Suzuki last year but bought a Subaru Forester instead. Was disappointed with the SX4 mileage. I'm getting 22-26 mpg with my Forester.
  • skyhawk8skyhawk8 Posts: 1
    I know that the SX4 Crossover has three drive settings: it can be switched from 2WD to AWD to 4WD. I have a question about the MPG when using 2WD only -- it would seem that when using this setting, the MPG would be much better than posters here have been reporting. Any thoughts on why the reported MPG is so low when most of the posters state that they hardly ever use the AWD or 4WD settings??
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    The Suzuki gets better mileage than the Forester, Your mileage figures back that up.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Like all AWD (and 4WD) vehicles, the Suzuki has the extra weight of the AWD system. Even more a factor is that the driveline components that allow the rear wheels to engage are all spinning (except for the driveshafts for the rear wheels when in 2WD mode). Thus--again like with all AWD systems, you have some driveline efficiency losses from rive components spinning while they essentially do nothing. This is a price of having the benefit of AWD.

    Again, the Suzuki gets the highest mileage of any AWD vehicle for sale here in the USA. Nothing else does as well, although the small Subarus (and Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe) can do low to mid -20s when driven judiciously. If you want AWD and Honda Fit type mileage, you are not going to find it. But the Suzuki gets very good mileage. Between 65 and 70, you can get 30 mpg on the highway.
  • suzsx041suzsx041 Posts: 2
    hello Kelton i have a 2007 sx4 xover sorry before i continue i live in australia, But i have just lowered it by 1 1/2" and put 18"x8" wheels with 225x40x18 tyres the car now handles like its on rails. I have heard of guys in the USA who have lowered there SX4's so springs must be available. I hope you can get some you wont regret it. Cheers Terry Ps if you have a look at ROAD AND RACE on the net they have TEIN spring and dampener kits.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Really? You have a SX4? Not according to Perry99's review. My guess longterm is Suzuki gets slightly better mileage overall. Not enough to justify lower hp and much smaller size. Subaru has a lot more room. Suzuki is better looking though. Hate the SX4's HUGE A-frame blind spots.
  • perry99perry99 Posts: 43
    But the Subaru is a lot more expensive. I'm sure that there are many who could swing the Suzuki, but not necessarily the Subaru. The A pillars do create a blind spot, but it's never caused a problem for me.
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