The 2005 Suzuki Verona – car reviews

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Suzuki Verona

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One of the crowded segments of the American industry has always been cars, the mid-sized sedans so many drive. Now dominated by and Honda as surely as it had been by the Big the mid-sized car market still has niches and offers many

The Suzuki Verona EX is one of those in some ways, and not in others. It in character nothing so much as the sized Toyota Camry, the popular car in America, but at a lower Our top of the line EX doesn’t seem cheaper than a Camry you compare similarly equipped then the $20,499 price tag a lot more sense.

That a huge number of options in a attractive package. As we’ve before, Suzuki, Hyundai, and Kia sell luxury cars, so can style their sheet to look as luxurious as they That’s why you can find entry cars with Jaguar

The interior of the Verona EX certainly show much cost-cutting, we don’t find it as attractive as the we reviewed last week. It offer many little #150; map pockets on both doors and on the back of the seats, an sunglass tray, thermostatic control, woodgrain-style center bezels and door treatments, and #150; but overall, the driver a large expanse of black which, while good for distraction and reflection on the road, impress quite as much. the black is a pleasant light-brown (or plastic depending on where you with chrome door and gearshift standing out nicely.

The little six-cylinder engine to try hard, and its 155 horsepower is nicely with 177 lb-ft of torque at a 4,000 rpm. It’s a well-mannered engine in terms of and idle quality (not in an in-line six), but despite less power than competitors (who generally run 200 horsepower nowadays), it gets mileage: 20 city, 28 highway, below the Camry, which from an extra gear in its transmission.

The smog index is high as well. Under throttle, it does well in and second gear (with a wide drop between but acceleration is not thrilling. The engine is quiet under full

On the lighter side, once it the engine grabs and moves the quite nicely; there’s no of lacking power then. the transmission tends to be indecisive and to always take a moment or two for it to or grab, and in the meantime, you’re there, waiting. Then it in and you lurch forward; if you reach the you meant to go quickly and let off the gas, the lurches again.

The Camry showed the same to a lesser degree, but in either we’d rather have firmer shifts, and let the engine rev for a or two longer when we reach a speed in case we need to off again.

One nice touch the transmission is the dual display: you can see gear from the position of the or from a large dash The shifter has a gated pattern allows for selection of any particular (except fourth), and the EX has a hold for semi-automatic driving. It was not always to guide the shifter through the as the path from Drive to had complicated path.

Cornering is though not as light and easily as Suzuki’s Forenza. The Verona with moderate shocks and pavement like the Camry but passes through larger and bumps to the cabin; on the lighter the Verona also provides road feel. This is a pleasant, soft-riding vehicle, just not quite on the soft as the Camry #150; which may be a thing.

Handling feels balanced and assured, with of a willingness to take tight quickly. Think of the Verona as right in between the Camry and the

Steering feels good variable assist, while the braking is assisted by four disc brakes; antilock are included.

Like the less-expensive Forenza, the comes with an integrated control fob built into the It’s small enough to be a good overall design.

the interior is a mixed bag. The whitefaced instrument panel is to the eye day and night, thanks to even backlighting. The ignition key is set into the where it is easier to find on the steering column, and no doubt expensive to fix if needed.

It’s a lock than the ones by many competitors, including

There are some nice touches, including trip buttons which are set into the rather than the clear lens, so you don’t get fingerprints on the a large gear indicator the temperature and gas gauges; a tachometer; for once, a rear defrost that actually indicates it also activates the side heaters. The side mirrors in, a convenient feature lacking on American cars.

We also the thermostatic climate control, includes a graphical display of vents are on, and provides outside air with a push of the temperature The system is clean and easy to with a quiet fan that a lot of air, though the air conditioner is weak.

Instrumentation is a mixed generally, we had no problem with the controls, headlights, wipers, and Things were in convenient where we expected them, and the controls on the wheel were enough. The cruise control just like the standard model: press a button on the of the stalk to activate, then up or down to set, coast, or up; but there’s no cancel button this type of cruise pulls in to cancel), and we found it a second or two for the cruise to come on, is a bit inconvenient.

The sound system is good, surprisingly, not up to the standard of the Suzuki The head unit appeared to be so the difference would be speakers and placement. It is not a bad sound system, not an outstanding one.

As with the the CD player has one annoying flaw: it to the beginning of a track whenever restarted, so if you’re making of short trips, you’ll the same song over and and over again.

Unusually, front and rear passengers ashtrays; in both cases, fold out from the center Front passengers have two sized cupholders, one rather and the other big, sitting a hinged door, while passengers have two very cupholders in the folding center That armrest also a covered storage unit, a feature absent from competitors.

The trunk is a bit smaller the Camry, but still quite and well-shaped. Rear seats down for larger objects.

The front console has two levels: one small, shallow level, of holding a cellphone or EZPass, or a pair of sunglasses (which can go overhead); and a deeper, but not very storage unit which pulls out for cleaning. A small unit also slides out the dash just above the release; it cleverly includes a receptacle for turnpike or parking You can also put these into of the vanity mirror covers on the sun

Our test EX model had most options standard, so all but one of the row of option was active; the inactive button was left blank. The others seat heaters, fog lights, and defroster. Again, by the gearshift, we had a control off button, a blank and a gear-hold button all in a row.

is no way to shut off the daytime running

We liked many of the Verona’s comforts, some standard on of this price, and some the overhead sunglass bin, the moonroof cover, the extensions out of the sun visors to cover areas are normally missed, the folding windows, the conveniently located trunk release, the gas cap cover, the adjustable driver’s seat, and the gauges, with bright, backlighting that increased day, evening, and night. The doesn’t have many we already cited the weak air odd CD player behavior, cancel-free control, and the indecisive automatic the ill-planned gate.

The Verona EX comes well In addition to the six-cylinder engine and you get speed sensitive steering, discs with ABS, air thermostat, power driver’s heated front seats, CD/cassette sound, tilt with remote stereo leather, floor mats, size spare, fog lights, entry, power all around, and but a seven year, 100,000 transferable powertrain warranty roadside assistance and free cars.

All that retails for including destination. Our test car had a option, traction control, at That’s two or three thousand less than a comparable or Honda (see chart).

We only one problem, which we not mention had Consumers Guide not the same thing: in the morning, for a minute, the engine had a very idle and hesitated severely on

Overall, the Verona is a worthy into a crowded market. We venture to guess how well it #150; we haven’t seen a relationship between sales and vehicle worthiness #150; but we think it’s worth a especially if you’re interested in the Camry. Other leading in this class include the Galant, Kia Optima, and Chevrolet

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