2007 Suzuki

2007 Suzuki SX4

An all-new crossover entrant for Suzuki, the compact-sized SX4 -- (s)sport (x)over (4) seasons -- is a five-door hatchback with standard all-wheel-drive and a starting price point of just under $15k. It comes standard with a 143 horsepower version of Suzuki's 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine, Suzuki's Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (I-AWD) system, theater-style seating for back seat passengers, 16-inch wheels, four wheel disc brakes and the buyer's choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Traction and stability control are standard on the SX4 Sport; all models get six standard air bags -- including front seat side-impact and full row head/curtain air bags -- as well as air conditioning and an MP3-capable stereo with CD player. Suzuki claims the SX4 is the least expensive vehicle with standard all-wheel-drive available.

2007 Suzuki Aerio

This distinctively styled, tall-roof compact sedan and sporty SX hatchback receive minor changes for 2007 -- including standard cruise control and automatic transmission on the Aerio Premium. The standard 2.3-liter, 155 horsepower four-cylinder engine and either a five-speed manual (or four-speed automatic) remain the same as last year. Suzuki's QuadGrip all-wheel-drive system is available on all models. A four-wheel independent suspension contributes to a sportier feel than with many small cars. Antilock brakes, front side airbags, air conditioning, keyless entry, fog lamps, power mirrors and windows, a rear defroster and tilt steering wheel all come standard on the base model-- with, a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system with MP3 capability, CD changer and larger wheels and tires offered on Premium versions.

2007 Suzuki Forenza

Available in compact sedan and station wagon versions, the Korean-built Forenza is among the most affordable vehicles of its type -- wagon versions, especially. For 2007, the Forenza is basically a carryover with only minor changes -- including a tire pressure monitoring system and MP3 capability for the standard audio system -- distinguishing it from the '06 versions. The Forenza's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 127-horsepower and drives the front wheels via either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It rides on MacPherson struts up front and a dual-link suspension in the rear, with variable-assist power steering and four-wheel disc brakes. Front and front-side airbags are standard across the line. Air conditioning, a CD stereo and power locks, windows, and heated mirrors are standard on the base Forenza, with antilock brakes, cruise control, fog lamps, keyless entry, and a power sunroof available on the Premium version.

2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Though a 2006 redesign made the 5-passenger Grand Vitara compact SUV more civilized on-road, it still has the goods to perform decently off-road as well -- with features like a built-in ladder frame and truck-style four-wheel-drive with low range gearing. But the redesigned Vitara's unibody construction, along with a fully independent suspension, makes for kinder, gentler ride and handling characteristics than the previous truck-based generation could muster. Power comes from a 2.7-liter V-6 engine that generates 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, with a choice of a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. An available, dual-range, Four Mode four-wheel-drive system includes a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing for off-road use -- along with a fully automatic single-mode version. Front-side and side-curtain airbags are offered, along with anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and stability and traction control systems. The Grand Vitara is offered in one trim level with three optional equipment packages offered.

2007 Suzuki Reno

The front-drive Reno compact hatchback sedan is based on the Forenza and is also manufactured in South Korea. For 2007, it offers a newly standard tire pressure monitoring system and a simplified ordering structure with just one trim level and only a few big ticket options, such as ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) or the Convenience Package, which adds remote keyless entry, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control a security alarm and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The standard drivetrain remains the 2.0 liter, 127 horsepower engine used in '06 -- with the buyer's choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission with adaptive control system that alters shift points and firmness to match driving conditions. The Reno's interior is larger than many competitors and it is priced very competitively as well.

2007 Suzuki XL7

A major redesign for this once-basic (and even primitive) SUV transforms it into a sleek-looking, fully modern mid-sized crossover with available seven-passenger seating and an available all-wheel-drive system. In addition to the handsome new exterior, the '07 XL7 boasts a larger, more powerful 3.6 liter, 252 horsepower V-6 engine teamed up with a new five-speed automatic with manual shift capability. Suzuki claims the XL7 can accelerate from 0-60 in less than eight seconds -- a big improvement over the previous model. Ride and handling are much-improved as well thanks to the unibody chassis and car-type four wheel independent suspension using Macpherson struts up front and a multi-link rear. The '07 XL7 is available in base, Luxury and Limited trim levels -- with standard seven-passenger seating on the Limited. AWD is optional on all models. All trim lines get traction and stability control -- as well as a rollover-sensing system. A Nivomat load-leveling rear suspension is available, as is DVD-based navigation and remote start feature.