2005 Suzuki Reno Overview

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2005 Suzuki Reno Overview

Though Suzuki already is introducing a Forenza wagon and the Aerio family wagon at the same time, the 2005 Suzuki Reno hatchback is aimed at a more youthful, budget-oriented crowd. With a strong 7-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty and a long list of standard features on the base trim, the 2005 Reno represents an attractive choice for first-time car buyers wanting a little versatility.

The front-wheel drive hatch is designed by Italians, and many owners are drawn to its stylish lines and European look. The 2005 Reno was designed in Korea, with the assistance of Daewoo, and the powertrain is reminiscent of those Korean cars. Available in three trims (S, LX, and EX), the 2005 Reno features a 2.0-liter DOHC inline-4 engine that delivers 126-hp and 131 ft-lbs of torque. Both the S and LX come with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The automatic is the only transmission on the top-of-the-line EX. The hatchback seats four in a spacious cabin, with genereous 42 inches of front legroom and nearly 37 inches in the back. The trunk is small, at 8.8 cubic feet, but the rear seats split-fold to expand cargo space to 45 cubic feet.

All trims come equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes, 15-inch wheels, and dual front-side airbags. ABS brakes are optional on the LX and EX. For a slightly lower price than its more powerful competition (Mazda3, Honda Civic, Toyota Echo), the 2005 Reno carries a surprisingly long list of standard equipment. The base S comes with power windows, locks, and heated mirrors, a CD/MP3 player, and wheel-mounted audio controls. The LX adds cruise control, remote entry, and a sunroof, while the EX dresses up the package in leather upholstery. Acknowledging its tuner potential, Suzuki has created a Suzuki Works Techno package that adds a rear spoiler and other accessories. Its low price makes it an ideal tuner car. Owners seem to love the roomy cabin and the great value for the price. Handling is another plus. The major complaints center on the Reno's lack of power and acceleration, a noisy ride, slight body lean, and poor rear visibility around the backseat headrests. The biggest complaint by far is the lousy 22/30 gas mileage.

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