Prior to withdrawing from the market after the 2013 model year, Suzuki was very successful in North America. In the 1980s, it partnered with General Motors (GM) to sell Chevrolet and Geo-badged vehicles, and that partnership lasted well into the mid-2000s. In 2006, Suzuki announced its goal to sell 100,000 vehicles that year in the United States. That year, it announced that it would be unveiling two brand-new vehicles: the all-new SX4 compact crossover, and a redesigned XL-7 midsize three-row SUV. Suzuki had always been known for offering affordable vehicles with an impressive warranty, and vehicles such as the Vitara won the hearts of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, though, Suzuki's growth only lasted six years, as Suzuki Motor Corporation of America announced its plan to cease sales of Suzuki vehicles in the United States by the end of 2013, followed by Canada. While it would still sell power sports vehicles in North America, it would no longer sell cars here. Let's take a look at the last new Suzuki models to be sold in North America.
2013 Suzuki SX4
The SX4 served as the entry-level Suzuki model from its introduction in 2007, to its discontinuation in 2013. Sharing a platform with the Fiat Sedici, the SX4 was available as either a sedan or a hatchback, and was one of the only vehicles in its class to offer all-wheel-drive (AWD) as an option. In 2013, the SX4 was available as either a sedan or a crossover. The base 2013 Suzuki SX4 SE FWD Sedan model cost $15,845, and included a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. The top-of-the-line 2013 Suzuki SX4 was the Tech Valu Package AWD Crossover, which topped out at $19,349, and included a six-speed manual transmission. All 2013 Suzuki SX4 models were powered by a 148-horsepower, 2.0L Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine, mated to either a six-speed manual transmission, or a Continuously-Variable Automatic (CVT) transmission, and was available with either Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD) or All-Wheel-Drive (AWD). Unfortunately, with gas prices across North America starting to decline, the market for smaller, more fuel-efficient cars wasn't the same as it was when the SX4 was first introduced in 2007, with Americans moving towards larger SUV's, and the SX4 was discontinued after the 2013 model year.
2012 Suzuki Equator
While the last model year for Suzuki in the United States was 2013, we're still including the Equator in this article because it was one of the last Suzuki vehicles to be sold here. First introduced for the 2009 model year, the Suzuki Equator was essentially a rebadged version of the Nissan Frontier midsize truck. A base-model 2012 Suzuki Equator 4X2 sold for $17,999, and was an Extended Cab model powered by Nissan's 152-horsepower, 2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine. The top-of-the-line 2012 Suzuki Equator model was the RMZ-4 Crew Cab 4X4, which sold for $29,700, and was powered by Nissan's 261-horsepower, 4.0L V6 engine. The Equator was available with either a 5-speed manual transmission, or a 5-speed automatic transmission. Like its Frontier cousin, the Equator was also available with either Two-Wheel-Drive (4X2) or Four-Wheel-Drive (4X4) configurations. Unfortunately, Nissan sold more Frontiers than Suzuki did Equators, so the Equator was discontinued after the 2012 model year.
2013 Suzuki Kizashi
One of the last all-new Suzuki products to be introduced in the United States was the Kizashi. As a compact sedan, it sat in the middle of Suzuki's U.S. lineup. All 2013 Suzuki Kizashis were powered by a 180-horsepower, 2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine, mated to either a six-speed manual transmission, or a Continuously-Variable Automatic (CVT) transmission, and could be had with either Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD) or All-Wheel-Drive (AWD). The base 2013 Suzuki Kizashi FWD sold for $19,999, while the top-of-the-line 2013 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS AWD sold for $28,999. While Suzuki hoped that the Kizashi would boost North American sales, it didn't sell as well as they intended, even though it was a great car that offered a lot of value for the money. It was discontinued after the 2013 model year.
2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Prior to its discontinuation, Suzuki had continuously been selling the (Grand) Vitara in the United States since the early 1990s. The last-generation Grand Vitara sold in the United States debuted for the 2006 model year, and while slightly larger than its predecessor, it was still just as capable off-road. The base 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4X2 sold for $19,949, while the top-of-the-line 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited 4X4 sold for $25,949. The Grand Vitara was available with either Two-Wheel-Drive (4X2) or Four-Wheel-Drive (4X4), but could unfortunately only be had with a 166-horsepower, 2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine. However, the Grand Vitara offered either a five-speed manual transmission, or a four-speed automatic transmission. It could be argued that the Grand Vitara was one of the most successful products in Suzuki's North American lineup, and it will always be remembered as an affordable, fun, and off-road capable SUV, even after its discontinuation following the 2013 model year.