For the 2006 model year, the Aerio sedan (four door) and SX hatchback (five door) come with an updated audio system. In addition, the Aerio SX is available with Suzuki's QuadGrip all-wheel-drive system.
Suzuki may be a Japanese company, but some of its cars are designed by a firm in Italy, so the Aerio, which is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback (the SX), shows a certain continental design flair. The Aerio sedan is designed to appeal to more conservative customers, while the SX is designed with perhaps a younger audience in mind.
The SX comes standard with flared body panels that look similar to the kind that some car enthusiasts add to their vehicles through aftermarket channels. Automatic climate controls, power locks, and remote keyless entry also are standard equipment. The SX also offers a versatile cargo area and the option of all-wheel drive. For those who want to personalize their Aerio SX, Suzuki Works Techno (SWT) provides a variety of custom-designed accessories.
Both sedan and SX are powered by a 155-hp, 2.3L four-cylinder engine. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual with front-wheel drive. A four-speed automatic is standard if one selects QuadGrip all-wheel drive, and the automatic transmission is optional with the two-wheel-drive version.
J.D. Power and Associates
What do owners think about the quality of Suzuki Aerio as it comes off the assembly line
Aerio ranks highest in initial quality (in a tie with Kia Rio) in the sub-compact car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Aerio performs well in the seats, audio/entertainment/navigation system, and HVAC categories. Aerio performs better than segment average in the features/controls/displays, interior, seats, and audio/entertainment/navigation system categories.
The Suzuki Aerio competes in the Compact Basic category, which becomes much more competitive in 2006 with the introduction of the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Compact Basic segment accounted for less than 1 percent of all light-vehicle sales in calendar year 2005. The Chevrolet Aveo led the category in sales with 68,085 units in 2005, followed by the Hyundai Accent (41,012), Kia Rio (30,290), Scion xA (28,033), Suzuki Aerio (7,697), Suzuki Reno (6,075), and Toyota Echo (1,544).
|Base (M5)||5 speed manual||$14,599||155-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||25/31|
|Premium (M5)||5 speed manual||$15,299||155-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||25/31|