If you've followed Subcompact Culture for any time, you're well aware that my wife and I really liked our 2009 Suzuki SX4 AWD. It was small, all-wheel drive, decent on gas, and fun to drive. It was the perfect car for us ... almost.
The not-so-perfect part was that it wore black paint. This was our first black car, and not too long after taking it home, we decided it would be our last. You've got to have a certain mindset to own a black car, what with it's propensity to show every speck of dirt, scratch, rock chip, or flaw. Frankly, we did not have that mindset.
So, after a year-and-a-half of black-car ownership, our Black Onyx Pearl SX4 was traded in for a 2010 SX4 AWD wearing "Quicksilver" paint. Having owned multiple silver cars, we knew we could live with this finish.
For those not aware, there were some significant changes to the SX4 for '10. A new 2.0-liter engine has variable valve timing and makes 150hp (up from 143) and 140 ft./lbs. of torque (up from 136). Fuel economy is up to 22/30, too (from 21/28). If you opt for a manual transmission like we did, the car comes with a six-speed manual vs. the previous five-speed (there's also a new CVT available). In addition, the seats are more supportive (and feature a driver's side height adjustment) and they wear a new fabric; there's a new gauge cluster; a new stereo head unit (with aux jack); and the ability for fold-flat seats (we'll need to buy the optional floor piece for that since we bought the base model).
All these pieces take the already good SX4 and make it that much better. It's more comfortable, faster and more efficient, and it's more versatile thanks to our fourth-coming floor panel for fold-flat interior capability.
The only downside (and it's a minor one for us): Gone are standard alloy wheels. Instead we got steelies with hubcaps. No real biggie, though; we plan on getting some custom wheels at some point. However, that's down the line. Until then, we'll enjoy our silver SX4, and hopefully not spend as much time worrying about whether or not the finish will show every speck of dirt.
By the way, Todd and the rest of the sales crew at Vancouver Suzuki (in Vancouver, WA) was great—highly recommended.
For anyone interested in Suzuki stuff, here are some links below.
Suzuki Auto (American Suzuki Motor Corporation)
Suzuki on Twitter
Suzuki on Facebook
Suzuki on YouTube
SX4Club.com (Suzuki SX4 forum)
Road Race Motorsports (Suzuki performance parts)
Oh, and if you want a free Subcompact Culture decal, you can always e-mail me! Just send your name, address, and whether you want white or silver.