The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Base sedan is a bare-essentials base trim, which means you don’t get a lot of frills, but you also get a $13,339 MSRP. The SX4 base shares an engine with all of the SX4 trims – a 2-liter inline four with 143 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque. But, unlike the other trims, the SX4 Base comes only with a five-speed manual transmission and no automatic transmission option. The steel wheels come with P195/65R15 tires and full covers, and it has body-color bumpers and door handles. The interior features a tilt steering wheel, 60/40 split fold-and-tumble rear seats, and a 12-volt outlet.
The 2009 Suzuki Crossover Base shares a drivetrain with the other SX4 Crossovers – a 2-liter inline four with 143 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque that's paired with a standard five-speed manual transmission (22 city/29 highway mpg) or an optional four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (22/30). The exterior features of the SX4 Crossover Base include black roof rails, rear wiper/washer, rear glass de-mister, body color bumpers and door handles, and black fender flares.
The interior highlights are the SuzukiTRIP Navi system, air conditioning, a height-adjustable steering wheel, 60/40 split fold-and-tumble second-row seating, a 12-volt power outlet, a four-speaker, XM Radio-ready, AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 and WMA playback ability, and power windows, doors, and locks. The safety features include four-wheel antilock brakes, dual-stage driver and weight-sensing passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side impact airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, a head impact protection structure, and front and rear side impact door beams.
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Base AWD is identical to the SX4 Crossover Base in all regards but a few. The most significant change is, obviously, the addition of Suzuki’s three-mode intelligent all-wheel-drive system. This system allows the driver to choose where power is distributed among the wheels – two-wheel drive for efficiency, all-wheel drive for wet conditions, and four-wheel-drive for maximum traction in snow and ice. The system adds a little to the pricetag and detracts 1 mile per gallon from the highway mileage estimates (21 city/28 highway mpg for the SX4 Crossover Base AWD). And, unlike the SX4 Crossover Base, the AWD version does not come with the SuzukiTRIP Navi system.
Its drivetrain is the same as that in the SX4 Crossover Base, but as its name suggests, the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Tech offers some meaningful technological additions. The SuzukiTRIP Navi system is standard, as it is with the Crossover Base, but now it includes a suite of MSN Direct features: traffic updates, new address locator, favorite destination memory, gas price finder, weather, local events, news stories, and movie times. The SX4 Crossover Tech also gets Bluetooth technology, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls. All these features add to the interior package of the SX4 Crossover Base, which includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows, doors, and locks, and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 and WMA playback capability.
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Tech AWD adds one noteworthy piece of equipment to the technological package of the Crossover Tech with front-wheel drive – that’s right, Suzuki’s three-mode intelligent all-wheel-drive system. This gives the driver a choice of three settings – two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency, all-wheel drive for rainy conditions, and four-wheel drive for snowy and icy conditions.
At the top of the SX4 Crossover line is the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover Touring AWD. It shares an engine and transmission options (a five-speed manual is standard, and a four-speed electronically controlled automatic is optional) with the SX4 Crossover Base and includes many of the features of less-expensive trims – the SuzukiTRIP Navi System with MSN Direct features, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, cruise control, body-color bumpers and door handles, and a rear wiper. And it adds much more.
Exterior upgrades include silver roof rails, foglamps, a rear spoiler, and heated mirrors. The interior additions are the SmartPass keyless entry and remote starter system and a nine-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 and WMA playback ability. This trim also gets Suzuki’s three-mode intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which allows the driver to allocate the vehicle’s power to suit road conditions.
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 LE makes some basic leaps from the SX4 Base. It shares the same inline-four engine, but does offer a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission in addition to the standard five-speed manual transmission. It also adds air conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo that’s XM Radio-ready and has MP3 and WMA playback ability, power windows, locks, and mirrors, and remote-control door locks.
Just like the SX4 LE makes a short jump from the SX4 Base, the SX4 LE Popular makes a short jump from the SX4 LE, and the pricing fits accordingly. The SX4 LE Popular adds cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, remote keyless entry with a panic alarm, and KYB performance-tuned shocks with a 10-millimeter lower ride height. Otherwise, it’s the same as the SX4 LE.
The 2009 Suzuki SX4 Sport sedan shares a powertrain with the other SX4s, but it gets a stylish upgrade to the exterior with a standard Aero body kit and aluminum alloy wheels with P205/50R17 tires. The performance is upgraded with KYB performance-tuned shocks with a 10-millimeter lower ride height (also available on the SX4 LE Popular) and four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated in front). And the interior gets an upgrade with the SuzukiTRIP Navi System.
If you like the SX4 Sport but want a few more gizmos, the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Sport Tech might be the trim for you. It has all the interior, exterior, and performance features of the SX4 Sport and adds cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, foglamps, and Bluetooth technology, and it adds to the SuzukiTRIP Navi System with a suite of MSN Direct features: traffic updates, gas price finder, weather, new-address locator, favorite destination memory, local events, news stories, and movie times.
Let’s start with the one thing the 2009 Suzuki SX4 Sport Touring sedan doesn't have that all of the other SX4 trims do – an available five-speed manual transmission. The four-speed electronically controlled transmission is the only one that comes with the SX4 Sport Touring. Other than that, the SX4 Sport Touring gets all the features of the less-expensive trims (including Bluetooth, the SuzukiTRIP Navi System and MSN Suite features, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, KYB performance-tuned shocks with a 10-millimeter lower ride height, and four-wheel disc brakes) and then some. The upgrades include air conditioning with auto climate control, heated exterior mirrors, the SmartPass keyless entry and start system, and a nine-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 and WMA playback ability and a subwoofer.