Two transmissions are available-- a close-ratio 6-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which offers paddle shifters and a "sport" mode with simulated ratios. All SX4 models are powered by the same 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which has been tuned to produce 150 horsepower (148 when equipped with the CVT) and 140 lb-feet of torque. The EPA estimates the front-wheel drive SX4 Sport is capable of 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway when equipped with the CVT. The all-wheel drive hatches are rated at 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
The base Suzuki SX4 sedan starts remarkably inexpensively at just under $14,000. It comes modestly equipped, but with the same 150 hp 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that's standard across the lineup. Even at this price, it includes power windows and locks, anti-lock brakes and front, side and curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system.
An LE Popular trim comes back for 2012. It includes 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and remote keyless entry. The Sport sedan adds a sport-tuned suspension, a body kit, navigation and a subscription to Suzuki's "NuLink" system which provides in-car information and data such as fuel prices, weather forecasts and traffic.
The SX4 Sportback brings additional versatility to the lineup. The base Sportback features a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear wiper, a CD/MP3 stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry and air conditioning. It comes with either a choice of 6-speed manual or CVT transmission.
The all-wheel drive version of the Sportback, which Suzuki calls the SX4 Crossover, maintains the high-value content of the Sportback, but adds a 3-mode all-wheel drive system, heated mirrors and a special body kit.
The Technology trim adds such high-end features as heated front seats and a navigation system and a 1-year subscription to Suzuki's "NuLink" system.