Road & Travel Magazine

Auto Advice & Tips
Auto Buyer's Guides
Car Care Maintenance
Climate Views & Videos
Auto Awards Archive
Insurance & Accidents
Legends & Leaders
New Car Reviews
Planet Driven
Road Humor
Road Trips
RV & Camping
Safety & Security
Teens & Tots Tips
Tire Buying Tips
Used Car Buying
Vehicle Model Guide

Travel Channel
Adventure Travel
Advice & Tips
Airline Rules
Bed & Breakfasts
Cruises & Tours
Destination Reviews
Earth Tones
Family Travel Tips
Health Trip
Hotels & Resorts
Luxury Travel
Pet Travel
RV & Camping
Safety & Security
Spa Reviews
Train Vacations
World Travel Directory
Bookmark and Share

2006 Suzuki Reno

by Martha Hindes

Suzuki Reno
Suzuki Reno Interior

What could be better than a compact auto with a snappy exterior done with distinctive Italian styling, lots of interior nicities, a nimble performance and a sticker price that leaves shock value for someone else. That's the package riding under the Suzuki Reno badging for 2006.

Reno was totally redone for the current model year. As if that wasn't enough, the base price dropped to $13,199, making this five-door five-seater a definite bargain in the economy class segment. Top-line Premium's available at a shade under $17,000 including destination. With such incentive-type pricing, the rest has to be gravy.

All Renos are five-door models with two available upgrades. Simplifying the lineup was a calculated strategy, enhanced by one of the best extended warranties in the class. Convenience and Premium enhanced trims gain amenities lacking at base model level, including standard cruise control, remote entry, MP3 audio, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and tilt-and-slide sunroof. Premium alone gains standard antilock brakes, fog lamps and rear spoiler. But unlike some competitive vehicles that have lower prices by lacking some basics, all Renos get standard air conditioning along with eight speaker audio.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter four, rated at 127-horsepower, with five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmissions. Fuel economy is a tad short of most competitive vehicles in its class, but falls in the respectable 21-22/30-31 range. A compact spare leaves more room for cargo when rear seats are folded down. As a five-door, it gains a max of 45.4 cubic feel for hauling stuff one can buy -- presumably with the Reno's savings.