The SX4 comes as a small hatchback with SUV-like styling or a tall little four-door sedan.
It's a much nicer car than the Aerio it replaced.
All-wheel drive is standard on the hatchback; the sedan is only front-wheel drive.
The all-wheel-drive system has three settings: front-wheel drive for supposedly better fuel economy; auto; and lock for better traction on slippery surfaces.
The SX4 has easy cabin access and good visibility.
It seats five, with modest cargo space behind the folding rear seats.
The 2.0-liter, 143-hp, four-cylinder engine drones on the highway and delivers slow acceleration.
Handling is fairly nimble, but the ride is stiff.
For the first few years, electronic stability control was available only with the well-equipped Touring package.
The Suzuki brand was discontinued after the 2013 model year.