The Suzuki SX4 continues the Japanese manufacturer's dominance of the compact car marketand it does so impressively. Suzuki never managed to capture the "regular" automobile market quite like its contemporaries did, so it smartly refocused its attention on a niche that it could and, in fact, did excel in. In many ways, the SX4 can be said to be to a culmination of Suzuki's efforts through the years. The look certainly harkens back to the original compacts that the company put out in the early 70ssmall yet stylish, compact yet strangely spacious at the same time.
Unlike many compact cars, the great thing about the Suzuki SX4 is that it is quite a performance vehicle. While never boasting of an engine larger or more powerful than a 2.0-L inline-4 diesel, it was a fixture on the World Rally Championship circuit for 2 years where it performed impressively. Its greatest claim to fame was posting a record time of 9:51.278 in the grueling 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Now, if it can perform that impressively under such tough conditions, you know that it will serve you well on the ordinary roadways of America!
Today, the Suzuki SX4 is about to enter a new stage in developmental evolution. All the signs point to significant improvements in style, performance, and power. Until that new one comes out, however, there is still a lot that the current model can offer. With the spate of Suzuki SX4 parts and accessories out in the market today, there is no replacement or upgrade that cannot be done to make this great ride even better than it already is. So if it's speed, style, and performance that you're looking for, then the Suzuki SX4 is the perfect compact cruiser to have parked in your garage!
How to Maintain the Sporty Character of Your Suzuki SX4
Although marketed technically as a compact car, the Suzuki SX4 is also known as a small SUV (especially its hatchback version). It is equipped with features that give it the sporty characteristics commonly found only in sports utility vehicles. It may not be as spacious, it may not look as aggressive, or it may not appear as daunting in terms of its size, but you can enjoy its smooth ride and its offroad capabilities as long as you keep it in good shape.
So how do you keep your SX4 looking sporty and working efficiently no matter how old it is now? Below, we have enumerated three tips for you:
- Mind your 2S: suspension & steering systems.
Offroad ride quality is largely determined by the efficiency of your suspension and steering assemblies. Both of these systems determine how your vehicle will handle rough terrains, not only in terms of ride convenience but as well as in terms of driving safety. Your suspension shocks and springs must be in top shape and capable of handling extreme movements in rugged terrains. Meanwhile, the steering system must have enough power to ensure that your vehicle will be able to navigate even the toughest of roads. If there are any signs of problem (such as soggy suspension or hard steering), these must be addressed right away.
- Tie up your exterior with the correct automotive add-ons.
You don't want a vehicle that works great but looks lousy, now do you? Match your SUV's driving power with the right rugged appeal. If you think your car exterior looks messed up with its mismatched add-ons that look like they've been haphazardly added to your ride, then it's time to rethink your car accessory choices. It's easy to give your car a "put together" look by choosing your car add-ons well. If you already have a few chrome bars, for instance, you can also get matching chrome door handles or mirror covers. These can go a long way in keeping your ride looking smart and ready for the road.
- Keep your wheels and tires in excellent shape.
Although they might seem like the simplest mechanisms in a vehicle, the wheels and tires directly influence the way your auto both runs and looks. They can make or break your driving experience. Balding or improperly inflated tires, rusting and misaligned wheels—these will not only make your vehicle look old but might also cause accidents when you drive in both the highway and the offroads. So when it comes to maintenance for your Suzuki SX4, don't forget to prioritize the wheels and tires. Keep them clean, replace them when damaged, and regularly inspect them to watch out for possible problems and address any trouble at once.
With these three tips in mind, it shouldn't be too difficult to keep your Suzuki SX4 not only working well but also looking great for many more years to come—no matter where you're driving, whether in a busy city or in a challenging offroad terrain.