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2005 Suzuki Aerio SX

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Hatchback sibling

Marc Stengel

In an automotive dominated by Japanese nameplates Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Suzuki is clearly an upstart. its brimming fleet of cars, and SUVs has established this automaker within a well much appreciated niche compact versatility and bargain are hallmarks.

The Suzuki reputation, of is well esteemed by enthusiasts for its with high-performance motorcycling. this reputation, combined a need to differentiate itself better-established rivals, explains the approach Suzuki takes automotive design. There no better examples of Suzuki’s drummer philosophy than the iterations of the Aerio SX and Reno EX

2005 Suzuki Aerio SX

If remains unconvinced that the automotive pedigree derives from motorcycles, the Aerio SX is to banish all doubt. This and its sibling sedan version are little cars. So mismatched are among the Suburbans, Escalades and of the road, one might be excused for the Aerio twins for refugee recently escaped from a park.

In SX trim, the Aerio styles as a five-door hatchback. As its unusual dustbuster, part anteater-suggests, little wagon represents ideas about combining behavior, versatile utility and affordability within a single

In terms of versatility, the Aerio SX proper seating for five a shorty-boy wheelbase of only inches. Thanks to its hatchback and split-folding rear seatback, an unexpected appetite for cargo. the rear seat is a respectable space measuring 13 cubic

With the seat folded space swells to almost 64 feet. That’s on a par with the of Honda’s CR-V and Ford’s and yet the Aerio’s overall exterior appear-and are-so much

This dainty size and a curb weight of only pounds make all the more the 155 horsepower produced by a 2.3-liter engine. With healthy

Suzuki Aerio SX

torque of 152 foot-pounds (spiking at the sweet of 3,000 rpm), Aerio SX into and through traffic a bottle rocket. It’s a city car. It hustles congestion, fits into parking spaces and nurses sparingly.

Fuel economy is 25 mph/city, 31 mpg/highway.

Anomalies however. How could they not a car of so eccentric an appearance on the road? independent suspension, typically a is betrayed by Aerio’s soft settings. Odd external dimensions the narrow hatchback a high of gravity.

Accordingly, handling is imprecise in extra-sporty situations. isn’t helped, moreover, by the anachronistic disc brakes up drum brakes at rear.

In a vehicle with standard and front-side airbags, why are anti-lock an option? If it’s all a matter of priorities, Suzuki has certainly an odd way to do so relative to its archrivals. But it has also itself with admirably low and generous warranty protection. the Aerio SX evaluated here only $15,449.

It’s by a seven-year/100,000 mile powertrain which is, moreover, transferable to owners.

Odd is how many folks the Aerio upon first It’s a matter of playing the however, that seems to Suzuki’s strategy of offering and versatility in such an uncommon

2005 Suzuki Reno EX

At any of playing the odds, of course, is a name that comes to mind. Perhaps, then, a subliminal association with Medina of … fundamentalism Suzuki intended when it its Forenza-based hatchback the Reno.

If the Aerio is curious looking, is the opposite. It’s gorgeous, and is well justified to boast ItalDesign bona fides. is a small car that proves and inexpensive doesn’t have to measly and cheap.

But for whatever reason, Suzuki has fashioned the to cover much the same as the wackier-looking Aerio-and yet it does so the inclusion of Aerio’s hidden

Most curious of all is Suzuki’s to install under the hood of

Suzuki Aerio SX

the longer, Reno a smaller, less engine. Reno must do with a mere 2.0-liters, only 126 hp and with only 131 of torque. Adding insult to its mileage ratings are also 22 mpg/city, 30 mpg/highway.

I simply understand what rationale is at here, since the Reno EX costs more than the SX-that is, $16,149 base $17,194 as-tested. Oh, and dare I the much smaller cargo under the Reno’s curvaceous With a full slate of occupants, there is room for eight cubic feet the rear bench seat.

After folding the seatback, expands to 45 cubes, only 75 of what the tiny Aerio can

There must be an esoteric at work here that the unwitting layman. Perhaps savings result from the Suzuki Forenza sedan and models into a sibling called Reno. Perhaps an on exterior beauty is meant to the unwitting layman from the that Reno’s credentials in comparison to the Aerio’s.

Where the EX gets a traditional, manual air for example, Aerio gets a automatic climate control Where Reno gets a single in-dash CD player, the gets a six-CD in-dash

True, both share and front-side airbags, and Reno sporting four-wheel disc but ABS remains an option. It’s to see why Suzuki would ever such an unequal but inevitable between two of its own models. Maybe is Suzuki’s gamble that will notice.

2005 Aerio SX

4-door, 5-pass.; DOHC inline-4; FWD, manual; 155 hp/152 ft.-lbs.; 25 31 mpg/hwy w/ regular; cargo, cu. ft.; std. equipment: ind. suspension, disc/drum auto climate control, in dash audio, 15-in. fog lamps, front/front-side airbags; $15,449

2005 Suzuki EX

4-door, 5-pass.; 2.0-liter inline-4; FWD, 5-sp. 126 hp/131 ft.-lbs.; 22 mpg/city, 30 w/ regular; cargo: 8-45 cu. std. equipment. 4-wheel suspension disc brakes, AM/FM/CD, 15-in. wheels, airbags; as-tested: $17,194

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