Introduced in 2004, the Verona is the flagship sedan in Suzuki's vehicle lineup. For the 2006 model year, this European-designed vehicle gets an enhanced interior, and its powertrain now meets more strict ULEV-II (ultra low emissions vehicle) standards.
At least two things set the mid-size Verona sedan apart from the competition. One is its design, which was created by Italdesign, the famed European studio headed by Giorgetto Giugiaro (who also designed numerous Ferraris and other exotic automobiles). The Verona comes with a standard V-6 engine, a 2.5L powerplant pumping out 155 hp and delivering it to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Many mid-size cars come with a four-cylinder engine as standard equipment, with the V-6 offered as a costly option. In addition to its improved emissions, the V-6 is rated at 20 mpg in the city 27 mpg on the highway.
Standard features include a 6-speaker audio system with CD and cassette players, anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. A premium option package equips the Verona with alloy wheels, power sunroof, automatic climate controls, and leather seats. Suzuki says Verona offers "high-end amenities and affordability."
The Suzuki Verona competes in the Midsize Conventional segment, where the latest safety features, room for the family, and fuel economy are important factors in the vehicle selection process.
The category is led in sales by the Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in the United States in calendar year 2005 with 433,703 units, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Also leading this segment in sales are the Honda Accord (369,293), Nissan Altima (255,371), and Chevrolet Impala (248,481). In comparison, the Suzuki Verona sold 8,411 units. A significant newcomer to the group figures to be the Ford Fusion.
|Base (A4)||4 speed automatic||$18,299||155-hp / 2.5L 6-cyl||20/28|
|Luxury (A4)||4 speed automatic||$20,299||155-hp / 2.5L 6-cyl||20/28|