2005 Suzuki Reno User Reviews
- $2,961 - $3,856
- No trim specified for this review
- Great value for price, Extras are standard, Lots of space, A cute and sporty car!
- limited color options but the bright red has grown on me!
I�m a post-college intern with very limited finances, and drove a 93 Suzuki Sidekick, which I bought used, until it started falling apart this year. I decided I might as well be making new car payments instead of having the old one bleed my dry. This was my first new car and the largest debt I�ve incurred since college loans. I�ve had a Reno S (automatic trans.) for 3 months now and no regrets!
This car is definitely aimed towards younger drivers, but not as much as the Aerio, and it would make a great second car for a family. I did a lot of research and also looked into other hatchbacks, including the Ford Focus, and ones from Hyundai, Honda and Kia. The Reno really offered the best value, well-designed inside and out, and with all the extras I wanted coming standard. The Reno is not a flashy �brand-name� overpriced ego-trip car, but it is not a junky plastic throw-away either!
This hatchback has tons of space which I have needed when moving. I fit five 18-gallon Rubbermaid bins in there plus several bags of cloths, and could still see to drive! The seats are very adjustable, so any sized person can drive it comfortably (I�m petite.) I removed the rear seat headrests to see out the back better. Since my old car had been a 4x4 and much higher, I was not used to how low this car was at first, but it was a steep learning curve and I�ve only bottomed-out once. Regarding driving, I love the way the Reno handles, it is a comfortable, quiet ride, and it has plenty of horsepower and speed for me. (Note regarding others complaining of gas mileage: driving style has a large impact. If you�re dashing about the highways like it�s a racecar videogame, guess what? You�re wasting a ton of fuel.) And it is very easy to speed in this car, trust me I know! Regarding fill-ups, the gas tank opens from a latch near the driver�s feet so no fumbling with keys at the station while still having security against people messing with your fuel.
Extras: Daytime running lights and airbags help lower insurance. Power mirrors, power locks (however, no button - need to use the key or physically push down the drivers� door lock, however) Sound system is great, radio reception is good despite no external antenna, and CD player that plays MP3 format is awesome � burn a disk and you�re set for any length trip! And the cd/radio controls on the wheel are very handy. Some people have said the air conditioning/heating vents are too small but they work fine to me, of course I can�t say about winter yet.
In short, the Reno really stands out, especially in bright red like mine! And environmentally, it has decent gas mileage and cleaner emissions than most vehicles in its class. (Not counting hybrids, which are way out of my reach.) Financially speaking, Suzuki offers great payment options and competitive warranties. If I can afford this monthly payment, anyone can. So if you�re car shopping, look into a Reno!
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