2009 Suzuki SX4 Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What Changed for 2009:

  • Navigation system now standard on all SX4 Crossover models
  • Front-drive SX4 Crossover is only car in its class with standard navigation
  • Electronic Stability Program standard on all 2009 SX4 Crossovers
  • Option packages revised
  • Available in front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)
Overview
Built in Japan, the SX4 Crossover made its debut in 2007 as a replacement for Suzuki's subcompact Aerio. The small 5-door, 5-passenger hatchback SX4 Crossover has the distinction of being the least-expensive car on the U.S. market with AWD, according to Suzuki. For 2008, a sedan version, called the SX4 Sport, replaced the Aerio sedan. The SX4 Sport features a lowered suspension, \"aero\" body kit and FWD. It shares the SX4 Crossover's 143-hp, 2.0-liter engine. The SX4 Sport and new entry-level Sedan are reviewed separately.

Suzuki worked with Italdesign, the famed Italian design organization, to create the SX4 Crossover. Their finished product exhibits a wedge profile with a low, rising beltline and triangular windows adjacent to windshield pillars. Front and rear bumper cover plates are silver-color; fender flare moldings are black. Roof rails are installed. Wide door openings ease access, while raised \"theater-style\" seating adds to the roomy feeling. Rear-seat occupants get nearly 36 inches of leg room and more than 37 inches of head room. Luggage space of 10 cubic feet grows to 54 cubic feet when the standard 60/40-split rear seats are folded down. Those seats also can tumble forward. On the SX4 dashboard, gauges appear to \"float\" when backlit by high-tech red lighting, according to Suzuki.

For 2009, the SX4 Crossover comes with a standard navigation system, making the FWD version the only vehicle in the under-$16,000 price class to include such a feature. Suzuki promotes the \"international flavor\" of the SX4 Crossover, with its sporty chassis tuning. In fact, the SX4 Crossover provides the platform for Suzuki's World Rally Championship (WRC) effort in motorsports.

Model Lineup
There are three different models of the 2009 Suzuki SX4: Sport 4-door sedan, Crossover 5-door hatchback, and the new entry-level Sedan LE, Standard equipment for the Sport and Crossover is nearly identical: power windows, mirrors and locks; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; CD/MP3 player; tilt steering wheel; 16-inch alloy wheels (versus 17-inch for the SX4 Sport sedan); trip computer; six air bags; and anti-lock brakes. For 2009, Suzuki's navigation system is standard in FWD Crossover models. A Technology package adds cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, and an upgraded navigation system. Offered only on AWD models, the Touring package adds automatic climate control, SmartPass keyless entry and keyless ignition, heated mirrors, 9-speaker stereo (including subwoofer) with 6-disc CD changer, and heated front seats. Touring-package models also feature a rear spoiler, fog lamps and aluminum-color roof rails. An iPod interface is available as an accessory. More than 50 Suzuki accessories are available for personalization.

Powertrain
All variants of the 2009 Suzuki SX4 are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with dual-overhead camshafts. It is rated at 143 hp at 6000 rpm and 136 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The engine has an aluminum cylinder block and head, and a forged steel crankshaft. Transmission choices are a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The SX4 Sport sedan features FWD, while the SX4 Crossover offers a choice between FWD or AWD. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the front-drive SX4 Crossover are 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway with the automatic. With AWD, the EPA estimates dip to 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway for both manual and automatic versions.

Suzuki's 3-mode Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (I-AWD) system uses an electronically controlled coupeing device ahead of the rear differential. \"2WD\" mode dedicates power to front wheels. In \"AWD Auto\" mode, up to 50 percent of torque is automatically apportioned to back wheels when pronounced front-wheel slippage is detected. \"AWD Lock\" sends 30 to 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels for peak traction in slippery conditions. The system automatically switches from AWD Lock to AWD Auto mode at speeds above 36 mph.

Safety
Each 2009 Suzuki SX4 comes standard with front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, and two-row side curtain air bags, as well as 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control and electronic brake-force distribution. Daytime running lights and a tire-pressure monitor are standard. Suzuki's Electronic Stability Program (ESP) also is standard on the SX4 Crossover. Combined with traction control, ESP can enhance stability while cornering and under slippery conditions, Suzuki says. Front 3-point seat belts include pre-tensioners. ISO FIX-compliant child-seat anchors are installed, and the LATCH system (Lower Anchor and Tethers for CHildren) is available for all three rear-seat positions.

In frontal crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the SX4 earned a 4-star rating for both the driver and front passenger. Side-impact testing produced a 5-star rating (the Administration's highest rating) for the driver and 4 stars for the rear passenger. The SX4 earned a 4-star rating in the NHTSA's rollover evaluation. As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not yet crash-tested the SX4.

Technology
Suzuki calls its new navigation unit the TRIP (Travel, Real-time traffic, Information and Play) system. Developed in collaboration with Garmin, the fully integrated system uses Navteq mapping software and a removable flip-up 4.3-inch touch-screen display. Preloaded street maps feature millions of points-of-interest. Lifestyle-oriented destinations and landmarks are classified with a Suzuki \"Way of Life\" icon on the screen. An available Travel Guide expansion module adds Fodor reviews and recommendations of hotels, restaurants, shopping and attractions.

Also available is an upgraded TRIP system that offers Bluetooth hands-free calling technology, plus on-screen and audible text messaging. The enhanced TRIP system includes various MSN Direct-enabled features including real-time traffic, weather forecasts, news reports, stock quotes, event listings, and a gas station finder with price information.

Despite its moderate price, the Suzuki SX4 also offers high-tech features such as the SmartPass keyless entry and ignition system-each available as an option. This system uses a proximity key (actually a tiny transmitter) which remains in the driver's pocket or purse. The SmartPass system detects the presence of the key and allows the car to be unlocked and started completely hands-free.

What Changed for 2009:

  • Navigation system now standard on all SX4 Crossover models
  • Front-drive SX4 Crossover is only car in its class with standard navigation
  • Electronic Stability Program standard on all 2009 SX4 Crossovers
  • Option packages revised
  • Available in front- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD)
Overview
Built in Japan, the SX4 Crossover made its debut in 2007 as a replacement for Suzuki's subcompact Aerio. The small 5-door, 5-passenger hatchback SX4 Crossover has the distinction of being the least-expensive car on the U.S. market with AWD, according to Suzuki. For 2008, a sedan version, called the SX4 Sport, replaced the Aerio sedan. The SX4 Sport features a lowered suspension, \"aero\" body kit and FWD. It shares the SX4 Crossover's 143-hp, 2.0-liter engine. The SX4 Sport and new entry-level Sedan are reviewed separately.

Suzuki worked with Italdesign, the famed Italian design organization, to create the SX4 Crossover. Their finished product exhibits a wedge profile with a low, rising beltline and triangular windows adjacent to windshield pillars. Front and rear bumper cover plates are silver-color; fender flare moldings are black. Roof rails are installed. Wide door openings ease access, while raised \"theater-style\" seating adds to the roomy feeling. Rear-seat occupants get nearly 36 inches of leg room and more than 37 inches of head room. Luggage space of 10 cubic feet grows to 54 cubic feet when the standard 60/40-split rear seats are folded down. Those seats also can tumble forward. On the SX4 dashboard, gauges appear to \"float\" when backlit by high-tech red lighting, according to Suzuki.

For 2009, the SX4 Crossover comes with a standard navigation system, making the FWD version the only vehicle in the under-$16,000 price class to include such a feature. Suzuki promotes the \"international flavor\" of the SX4 Crossover, with its sporty chassis tuning. In fact, the SX4 Crossover provides the platform for Suzuki's World Rally Championship (WRC) effort in motorsports.

Model Lineup
There are three different models of the 2009 Suzuki SX4: Sport 4-door sedan, Crossover 5-door hatchback, and the new entry-level Sedan LE, Standard equipment for the Sport and Crossover is nearly identical: power windows, mirrors and locks; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; CD/MP3 player; tilt steering wheel; 16-inch alloy wheels (versus 17-inch for the SX4 Sport sedan); trip computer; six air bags; and anti-lock brakes. For 2009, Suzuki's navigation system is standard in FWD Crossover models. A Technology package adds cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, and an upgraded navigation system. Offered only on AWD models, the Touring package adds automatic climate control, SmartPass keyless entry and keyless ignition, heated mirrors, 9-speaker stereo (including subwoofer) with 6-disc CD changer, and heated front seats. Touring-package models also feature a rear spoiler, fog lamps and aluminum-color roof rails. An iPod interface is available as an accessory. More than 50 Suzuki accessories are available for personalization.

Powertrain
All variants of the 2009 Suzuki SX4 are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with dual-overhead camshafts. It is rated at 143 hp at 6000 rpm and 136 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The engine has an aluminum cylinder block and head, and a forged steel crankshaft. Transmission choices are a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The SX4 Sport sedan features FWD, while the SX4 Crossover offers a choice between FWD or AWD. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the front-drive SX4 Crossover are 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway with the automatic. With AWD, the EPA estimates dip to 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway for both manual and automatic versions.

Suzuki's 3-mode Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (I-AWD) system uses an electronically controlled coupeing device ahead of the rear differential. \"2WD\" mode dedicates power to front wheels. In \"AWD Auto\" mode, up to 50 percent of torque is automatically apportioned to back wheels when pronounced front-wheel slippage is detected. \"AWD Lock\" sends 30 to 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels for peak traction in slippery conditions. The system automatically switches from AWD Lock to AWD Auto mode at speeds above 36 mph.

Safety
Each 2009 Suzuki SX4 comes standard with front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, and two-row side curtain air bags, as well as 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control and electronic brake-force distribution. Daytime running lights and a tire-pressure monitor are standard. Suzuki's Electronic Stability Program (ESP) also is standard on the SX4 Crossover. Combined with traction control, ESP can enhance stability while cornering and under slippery conditions, Suzuki says. Front 3-point seat belts include pre-tensioners. ISO FIX-compliant child-seat anchors are installed, and the LATCH system (Lower Anchor and Tethers for CHildren) is available for all three rear-seat positions.

In frontal crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the SX4 earned a 4-star rating for both the driver and front passenger. Side-impact testing produced a 5-star rating (the Administration's highest rating) for the driver and 4 stars for the rear passenger. The SX4 earned a 4-star rating in the NHTSA's rollover evaluation. As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not yet crash-tested the SX4.

Technology
Suzuki calls its new navigation unit the TRIP (Travel, Real-time traffic, Information and Play) system. Developed in collaboration with Garmin, the fully integrated system uses Navteq mapping software and a removable flip-up 4.3-inch touch-screen display. Preloaded street maps feature millions of points-of-interest. Lifestyle-oriented destinations and landmarks are classified with a Suzuki \"Way of Life\" icon on the screen. An available Travel Guide expansion module adds Fodor reviews and recommendations of hotels, restaurants, shopping and attractions.

Also available is an upgraded TRIP system that offers Bluetooth hands-free calling technology, plus on-screen and audible text messaging. The enhanced TRIP system includes various MSN Direct-enabled features including real-time traffic, weather forecasts, news reports, stock quotes, event listings, and a gas station finder with price information.

Despite its moderate price, the Suzuki SX4 also offers high-tech features such as the SmartPass keyless entry and ignition system-each available as an option. This system uses a proximity key (actually a tiny transmitter) which remains in the driver's pocket or purse. The SmartPass system detects the presence of the key and allows the car to be unlocked and started completely hands-free.

Available Trims for the 2009 Suzuki SX4
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Man AWD (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 16439.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
Name Auto AWD (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17539.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
Name Man Technology Pkg AWD (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 17439.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
Name Auto Technology Pkg AWD (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 18539.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
Name Man Touring Pkg AWD (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 18539.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
Name Auto Touring Pkg AWD (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19639.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
Name Man FWD (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 15939.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name Auto FWD (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17039.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
Name Man Technology Pkg FWD (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 16689.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name Auto Technology Pkg FWD (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17789.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
Name Man FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 13299.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
Name Man LE FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 14689.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
Name Auto LE FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 15789.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 23/31
Name Man LE Popular Pkg FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 15139.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
Name Auto LE Popular Pkg FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16239.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 23/31
Name Man Sport FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 15739.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name Auto Sport FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16839.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
Name Man Sport Technology Pkg FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 16539.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name Auto Sport Technology Pkg FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17639.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
Name Man Sport Touring Pkg FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 17539.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name Auto Sport Touring Pkg FWD (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 18639.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/30
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INTERIOR
  • Front bucket seats
  • Black cloth seat trim
  • Fold-away front center armrest
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front auxiliary pwr outlet
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Remote fuel door release
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/panic button
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Rear window demister
  • Leather wrapped tilt steering wheel w/integrated audio controls
  • Cruise control
  • Heated front seats
  • SmartPass keyless entry & start system w/panic button
  • Air conditioning w/automatic climate control
EXTERIOR
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • P205/60R16 all-season tires
  • Black roof rails
  • Multi reflector jewel type headlamps
  • Pwr mirrors
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Rear wiper/washer
  • Aluminum roof rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Fog lamps
  • Heated pwr mirrors
  • 15" steel wheels w/covers
  • P195/65R15 all-season tires
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • P205/50R17 all-season tires
  • Aero body kit
MECHANICAL
  • 2.0L DOHC MPFI 16-valve L4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • 3-mode intelligent all wheel drive system
  • Hydraulic pwr assisted fixed-ratio rack-&-pinion steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • 4-speed auto transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Sport tuned suspension
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Traction control system
    • Electronic stability program
    • Daytime running lamps
    • Dual advanced front air bags w/passenger occupancy sensor
    • Front side air bags
    • Front & rear side curtain air bags
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: (4) speakers, XM satellite radio ready
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
    • Navigation system -inc: (1) year MSN Direct service subscription
    • AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3/WMA changer -inc: (9) speakers, XM satellite radio ready
    • Navigation system

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