2011 Suzuki
SX4 LE
vs. 2011 Toyota
Yaris

2011 Suzuki SX4 LE

9.8

Winner

Suzuki SX4 LE

starting from

$15,960

Reasons to buy the Suzuki SX4 LE

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Has auxiliary audio input
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CD player
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More airbags
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Cramped front seats
50.6 ft3
2011 Toyota Yaris

9.2

Runner-up

Toyota Yaris

starting from

$14,215

Reasons to buy the Toyota Yaris

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Has stability control system
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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Cruise control
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Tighter turning radius
30.8 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 6.0
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Winner: SX4 LE
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  • Rock on in the SX4 LE; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Yaris
  • The SX4 LE's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The SX4 LE's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Safety Features 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Yaris Winner: Yaris
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  • The Yaris 's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Winner: SX4 LE
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  • The SX4 LE has 4 more cupholders, 7 vs 3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 50.6 ft3 vs 47.2 ft3
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 436 miles vs 400 miles
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Winner: SX4 LE
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  • The SX4 LE's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.1 lb/hp vs 21.9 lb/hp
  • The SX4 LE has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • More than 40% more powerful, 150 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 106 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Both offer keyless entry options
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Entertainment System

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SX4 LE
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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Number of speakers 4 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The SX4 LE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Yaris does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the SX4 LE; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Yaris
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The SX4 LE can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

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SX4 LE
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system No vs Yes The Yaris has electronic stability control, but the SX4 LE does not
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The SX4 LE has a good number of airbags, but the Yaris is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Drum Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

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SX4 LE
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 436 miles vs 400 miles The SX4 LE has OK highway range, but the Yaris is very limited
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Cargo space 15.5 ft3 vs 9.3 ft3 The SX4 LE has OK cargo room, while the Yaris has very little
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front seats 50.6 ft3 vs 47.2 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 7 vs 3 The SX4 LE has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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SX4 LE
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Horsepower 150 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 106 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.1 lb/hp vs 21.9 lb/hp The SX4 LE has OK performance while the Yaris gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 ft vs 30.8 ft The Yaris can make tight turns, and the SX4 LE is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

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SX4 LE
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Yaris
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MSRP $15,960 vs $14,215 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 29 mpg The Yaris has great city mileage and the SX4 LE is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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SX4 LE
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Optional vs Optional Both offer keyless entry options
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

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SX4 LE
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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SX4 LE
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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0-60 mph 10.3 seconds vs 10.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 130 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 81 mph vs 18.4 s @ 76 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed 100 mph vs 112 mph Both have a very low top speed

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2011 Toyota Yaris 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Yaris vs Accent GLS

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