Hatch - Cross-tRek (rusty award)
It's sad to see a something that was once great, fall to the pressure of the world markets. When you take away all that is right, to make something that you think is fitting to all markets, then you have lost the soul of the car. That is exactly what has happened to the SX4. Suzuki took its soul to save time and money for all the markets.
Up front is where all of the loss of the soul of the SX4 has taken place. It has been stripped of its evil eyes and simple grille. For this Suzuki thought that they would replace them with a short and awkward grille and basic bubble lights. The only good which has come from the re-work, are the more defined fog lights and skid plate.
Out back the SX4 has gained the once evil head lights and smooth lines from the previous model. A drop in the size of the bumper has made the rear easier on the eyes which makes the rear the best feature of this model. Suzuki could have added in an integrated exhaust port to make the rear more sporting.
Next time Suzuki decides to rip the soul out of one of its cars, it should do it when it sells it to hell, not sell it to some back alley vendor. It is time for Suzuki to wake up and see that bland and boring models will bring the company misfortune not fortune.
OVERALL GRADE = C-
Front End: C-
Good: Right sized logo and well blended bumpers
Bad: Simple hood and over sized lights
Rear End: C
Good: Evil well blended tail lights
Bad: Too many lights and no exhaust
Good: Smooth body line and rugged bottom
Bad: All too much plastic
Overall Appeal: D+
Good: Stays true to it original form and keeps some attitude
Bad: Rav4 roof line and a loss of front attitude