Suzuki's Draggin' Wagon

The Aerio station wagon is plenty cheap, but with lackluster design, a noisy engine, and stiff suspension, it's no bargain

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Low price, all-wheel drive, excellent warranty

The Bad: Quality and reliability doubts

The Bottom Line: A winter car for bargain-basement shoppers

When it comes to cheap wheels for winter driving, there's nothing quite like the Suzuki Aerio. It's a fuel-efficient compact that, as far as I can tell, is the cheapest all-wheel drive vehicle on the market. My test car -- the top-of-the-line Aerio SX all-wheel drive station wagon -- listed for just $17,579, yet came with power windows and doors, heated and power-operated exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, antilock brakes, a six-CD sound system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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