2001 Suzuki Esteem Expert Reviews at carmax.com

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2001 Suzuki Esteem

reviews are written by independent journalists providing an objective and assessment to help you make a buying decision. 2001 Esteem.

Reviewed By: John

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Suzuki’s combines a moderate price, of standard features, and good economy. We were surprised to it even throws in a sporty experience.

Bigger than the the Esteem is Suzuki’s largest offering, yet it’s still a package. Basic four-cylinder and front-wheel drive are the motivators No all-wheel drive, no slick V6 and no upscale pretension.

The Esteem is all the basics, and it fulfills this well.

Changes for the 2001 year are limited to redesigned systems with standard CD and larger controls, as well as a front grill and standard mats.

The Esteem continues in sedan and wagon body Prices start at just a over $13,000.

Model Lineup

Esteem GL ($13,199); GLX ($13,999); GLX+

Esteem wagons: GL ($13,699); GLX GLX+ ($16,499)


From its clear-lens headlamps to its taillights, the Suzuki Esteem itself well. The black grille looks sharp and the especially the wagon, is well

The wagon doesn’t look as if its roof was tacked on as an afterthought for the minded. Indeed, with the paint option, the wagon is the snazziest Esteem of the lot, and is no appearance penalty for the extra We even got some admiring from teenagers, no doubt by Speedline five-spoke alloy and low-profile Yokohama tires.

A fuel door release is and the wagon’s liftgate is locked and by the central locking system. A under the license-plate light the gate, which lifts to 45 above horizontal. The gate and low roofline guarantee that taller than 5’8” have to duck while cargo, but liftover height is 22 inches.

The load floor is flat and the towers intrude only on cargo space. There are bins under the carpet and in the right quarter panel to add a CD or store a first aid kit. A cover, often an option, is on all Esteem wagons.


into the driver’s seat and notice that the Esteem seats are full-size, with thigh support and excellent support in the seatback. Driver and passenger have generous and elbowroom, though the sunroof a few precious inches overhead. more critical in the back where space is tighter all

Technically, the rear seat has for three abreast, but children be happier in the back than the … male, who is left little wiggle room.

The instrument panel is well and legible and the ventilation system is to operate. Thankfully, the Clarion has much larger buttons year and is much easier to While the steering wheel is to grip, its covering is slippery.

are several small bins in the and map pockets in the doors.

The only color is a light gray. The upholstery receives a new design for

Driving Impressions

Under the the 1.8-liter twin-cam four 122 horsepower at 6300 rpm. torque is 117 foot-pounds at 3500 the relatively low torque peak less downshifting and thrashing of the to get around town. This uses a timing chain of the more common belt.

The 1.8-liter idles with a typical of four-cylinder engines, a slight but noticeable shake to the wheel. It smoothes out under and in normal driving. Around the 1.8 is a willing servant and provides worry-free power.

The automatic transmission delivers the no-worries operation.

Open the fast, however, and the engine its presence with a roar, the wagon forward at a brisk The transmission shifts at about rpm, well below the peak, if left to its own devices. But the automatic in gear by hand console-mounted shifter has Drive, 2 and 1 on the with an overdrive cutout on the shift lever) to reach the rpm redline, and the transmission shifts so that the engine hits the rev

It also seems that the absorbs some of the Esteem’s The standard transmission, available in the GLX, would not only $1000 in purchase price but eke out another EPA-estimated 1 mpg in city or driving. It will also full advantage of the engine’s band.

In highway driving, the engine a constant hum that’s noticeable, if not and the windshield pillars and roof generate a constant rustle of noise. The cargo area this sound, though it so loud as to annoy or impede

A quick steering ratio and wheelbase make the Esteem to steering input. Although a bias toward comfortable the Esteem will zip down a road almost as quickly as the will pull it. The suspension is supple, soaking up bumps and though longer pavement such as those on older slabs, can induce a rocking-horse

Unlike many vehicles, the wagon uses the same offered in the sedan, with independent MacPherson struts at corner. Typically, this a better ride than the rear axle on many wagons.

The low-profile tires add to the of the chassis, and their extra imparts confidence on cloverleaf and curves. The tires are an excellent of rubber for an inexpensive car. The system uses discs in and drums in the rear.

Four-wheel antilock brakes are only on the GLX+.

With the GLX+ wagon, Suzuki has put a lot of effort into civilizing the car. There’s nothing revolutionary in the resulting automobile, but it more than what’s of it in an economical and relatively sporting

For someone who needs to haul on a budget, whether commercial or laundry from college, the wagon fills the bill. The GLX a 5-speed is the best choice for performance and a touch of luxury We only wish Suzuki ABS on models other than the

That said, the loaded is quite a package at $17,179.

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