2005 Suzuki Aerio SX User Reviews
- $3,994 - $4,519
- No trim specified for this review
- Lots of torque, automatic climate control, good fuel economy, beautiful interior fabric, nice style.
- Squeaks in suspension, minor rattles inside, lack of usable storage space in passenger area.
This is a great little car for not that much money! As far as I can tell, it's the cheapest vehicle with automatic climate control, and the system works very well. The 155 HP engine with 152 lb-ft of torque at only 3000 rpm really is great compared to similar vehicles (most more expensive) from other manufacturers. The interior fabric is the nicest non-leather fabric I have ever seen and the dash and control layout is highly logical and straightforward. There's a huge amount of hidden storage space under the trunk floor, though the trunk itself seems rather small with the cargo cover in place, being only 13" in height (cover is removeable). The rear seats recline, cool! It's much more comfortable in the rear when reclined, though it do loose a tiny bit of trunk space. Seats are firm but seem to be comfortable on long drives. The ride is so so. It's not wallowy, but neither is it plush. I would say controlled but firm. Handling is very nice, even better with the optional strut tower bar in front. Brakes are a bit weak, and I don't have the optional for 2005 ABS, but they should be adequate unless you drive crazy. The front door pockets are useless for anything but a few letters, as the opening is so thin and they are placed so that the door really needs to be open to take things in or out. Cupholders could be a bit larger diameter as they don't really hold most 32oz water bottles, and 16 oz bottles flop around as they aren't deep enough. Glove box is fairly small, and there is little storage under the front seats due to a subwoofer under the driver and airbag sensor under the passenger. Cubby behind cupholders is a nice sized area, but difficult to access. 'Sunglass holder' is useless, will not hold glasses unless out of the case, and gets in the way of the driver sun visor. Sun visors feel extremely cheap, unlike the rest of the interior which feels very nice. Great headlights and fog lights as far as performance, though high beams seem a bit weak. Don't care for the 2005/2006 'clear' tail lights, so I already switched to the much better looking 2002 lights. Stock stereo with 6-CD changer is great ergonomically and sounds nice, but subwoofer is anemic and sounds better all the way turned down. Love the outside temperature gauge next to the clock. I have intermittent bad squeaking noises from the front and rear suspension going over large speedbumps at anything more than 2 MPH, very annoying, dealer can't find yet. Intermittent rattle from door lock knob and somewhere in dash, can't localize yet. Had to have front sway bar bushings replaced already.
Great little car, I love it! It just needs to have some sort of lubricant applied to the suspension from the factory, as I know several other people have the same noises over speed bumps. Interior rattles are also somewhat common, was expecting to have none on a brand new Japanese car. Oh well.
So far in mixed driving (heavily biased towards highway), I am averaging 27-31 MPG, right where it should be. Have not done all highway driving yet, so would expect that will be over 31, excellent.
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