Looking to pick up an inexpensive all wheel drive that will handle well in Canadian winters? Normally the name Suzuki brings motorcycles to mind, but their SX4 AWD compact car might be worth a second look.
Produced since 2006, this mini SUV crossover, usually found in Suzuki's European markets is a great value and is probably the cheapest all-wheel-drive available. In 2012 it was voted one of the top cars for Canadian winters.
As Suzuki winds down sales in the US to focus on it's motorcycle, marine equipment and ATV business, Canadians have the North American exclusive on the car. Despite problems in the US market, Suzuki has seen sales increase here in Canada. Unlike Americans, Canadians are more likely to purchase small, inexpensive vehicles, and the SX4 fits perfectly into their Canadian strategy. There hasn't been an AWD subcompact car in this country since the Subaru Justy in 1995. Styled in Italy, the SX4 ("Sports X-over 4 all seasons") is also sold as Fiat's Sedici in some European markets.
Nimble to maueuver and easy to park, Suzuki's SX4 offers good value for the money, especially since it comes value packed with a full set of standard features, decent interior room and above average handling making it enjoyable to drive, certainly more so than other budget priced cars. It's interior is finished with tougher, glossier plastics, setting it aside from other Suzuki vehicles. Standard on it is Suzuki's Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (I-AWD) system along with 4-wheel discbrakes. A Garmin voice-activated navigation system is available as an upgrade to compliment it's technology package which includes streaming audio, real-time traffic & weather, and Google search.
A world leader in small, fuel-efficient cars, Suzuki's little SX4 might be the perfect mix- a crossover built to handle Candian winters without the costly fill-ups at the pump.
If you search for a new 2013 Suzuki SX4 AWD for sale at the best price, we recommend Ville-Marie Suzuki, your Suzuki dealership at Montreal.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca