A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Suzuki SX4

The 2012 Suzuki SX4 delivers all-wheel drive in a compact hatch, and provides plenty of space and features considering its ultra-low price tag. While there are plenty of updated options available in this vehicle class, the SX4 Crossover model continues to hold the distinction of being available at the lowest price for an all-wheel drive vehicle.

Key Features

The 43 cubic feet of total cargo space with the seats folded adds a surprising amount of flexibility to the 2012 Suzuki SX4. The all-wheel drive makes for more controlled driving in a variety of conditions, while the control panel is well lit for easier seeing.

Changes for 2012

The sedans received an upgrade for 2012 with electronic stability control and Garmin navigation, along with the base models receiving disc brakes in the rear. There are also additional color options available: Crimson Red Metallic and Brilliant Blue Metallic.

What We Like

If you’re looking for an all-wheel drive car that provides a bit of extra cargo space, you’ll find it with the Suzuki SX4. Overall, the smaller size makes for simple driving and parking, while the ability to fold or tumble forward the rear seats delivers much needed space. You’ll even up the comfort level of those long drives with armrests.

What Concerns Us

While the SX4 does seat five, the rear seats don’t provide quite enough space for adults to sit comfortably. The fuel economy is also a bit low compared to other options available in the compact hatch class, which might make other options more budget friendly, especially those that have a lower base price.

Available Models

There are four models available for the 2012 Suzuki SX4; the Crossover, Sportback, Sport and Sedan. Each model utilizes the same engine, which is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that provides 150 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque @ 6,000 rpm. The city/highway fuel economy for each model is: Crossover – 23/29 (automatic), 22/30 (manual) Sportback – 23/30 mpg (automatic), 22/30 mpg (manual) Sport – 23/30 mpg (automatic), 23/32 mpg (manual) Sedan – 25/32 mpg (automatic), 23/33 mpg (manual)

Major Recalls

There have been two major recalls on the 2012 Suzuki SX4. The first is due to the potential for the power steering pump to seize due to there not being enough space between the control valve and the body of the power steering pump. The second recall is due to a problem with the shift selector that allows the vehicle to be shifted out of park without requiring the brake pedal to be pushed.

Common Issues

The most commonly reported issues for this vehicle are due to the airbag light coming on, the airbag deploying without cause.

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