For the past few decades, Suzuki has made a name for itself in the lower-cost market as a reliable, value-driven, and affordable option for new and veteran drivers alike. Although the company stopped selling new vehicle models in the United States in 2012, it is still a heavyweight in its field in the rest of the world, including Asia and Europe. Despite not having any new releases in the United States, dealerships all over the country still sell older models.
Price and ValueKnown as a value brand for car buyers, Suzukis are ideal for first-time buyers as well as those looking to stretch their pennies. They are cost-effective vehicles because they are relatively cheap to buy up front or lease with easily upgradable features.
Longevity and ReliabilityIf you are purely looking at it from the car manufacturer level, Japanese manufacturers are known for being extremely reliable. As Suzuki is the ninth largest automaker in the world, it is easy to determine that your Suzuki is likely extremely reliable. The fact that older Suzuki models (from before 2012) are still selling at local car dealerships throughout the country alone should speak for its longevity.
Mileage and Fuel Economy2013 Suzuki models can get up to 32 miles per gallon on the highway, making them an extremely fuel-efficient vehicle. This is over 7 miles per gallon more than the average for all vehicles in the U.S., which stands at 24.7 miles per gallon.
Modest SpeedIf you are used to a certain styling of a sedan that is more rounded, don't expect to be overly impressed with how the exterior of the Suzuki is designed. The model uses a boxier template than other common sedan models that might not be what you are expecting. On the other hand, Suzuki takes many of its influences from European car designers, so this is where the disparity between European and American car sensibilities might exist.
Technology InnovationUnfortunately, because so many innovations have been made in car manufacturing in the last 10 years, from developing a best-in-class infotainment system that can seamlessly integrate with your iPhone or Android mobile device to near-autonomous vehicles, the Suzuki technological innovation standard is extremely low. As a result, you'll want to be prepared to go analog when trying to figure out directions somewhere without the aid of a guided GPS navigation system. Much of the technology we take for granted in vehicles today is not available in older Suzuki models, making it the ideal car for someone who wants the basics or just needs to go from point A to point B.
Lack of Dealership NetworkAfter pulling out of the United States in 2012, the entire Suzuki dealership network was dropped. As a result of this, specialized customer service and repairs are unavailable to customers outside of Asian and European markets.