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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 72

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 The Palm Beach Post SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION . CD "2 ojlinn..,.U:H:--. i: DRIVElfflS Contents prepared by the Marketing Department ! Suzuki Sidekick's price and looks draw attention uzuki, the first to introduce The steering is responsive, and Sidekick's size make it a subcompact sport-utility m vehicle, remains committed to that class. In 1985, Suzuki irttroduced the Samurai to the United States, then followed it in 1&88 with the two-door Sidekick. ! By 1990, a a winner in tight quarters. Vs1 sZ I f o u r-door il miii mm i mm .,. mm pawi . mmmmym mmm ' mm ,;. imr'JS-"i .... ,'mmM.,' W i Sidekick was in place. The Samurai is history, but three versions of the Sidekick are the corner stone of Suzuki's American market- Suzuki Sidekick Sport JLX 4AT Type Subcompact SUV Engine 1 .8-liter 4-cylinder Valves per Cylinder Four Horsepower 1 20 6,500 rpm Torque (ft.-lbs.) 1 14 3,500 rpm Transmission 4-speed automatic Drive Wheels Rear4WD Brakes Front discrear drum with ABS EPA Fuel Economy 21 mpg city I I ( I Russ Heaps 24 mpg highway 2,998 Curb Weight (lbs.) Length (in.) Wheelbase Width Height Base Price Price as Tested 162.4 97.6 66.7 66.3 $20,399 $20,829 drums in the rear. Inside, the driver and passen-j gers enjoy plenty of room. The Sidekick's height lends itself to a 10-gallon hat. Although the seats! are supportive, they may be a bit; hard during longer trips. All controls and gauges are! user friendly. Only the radio, with, its Lilliputian buttons, presents a bit of a challenge. The interior: features cloth seats and carpeting,' Base price of the Suzuki Side-j kick Sport JLX with automatic transmission is $20,399. Included in the base sticker 4-wheel drive; ABS; automatic locking front hubs; five-spoke aluj minum wheels; daytime running lamps; dual-power outboard mir? rors; locking fuel door; rear win dow washerwiper; soft spare tire cover and wheel lock; remote key less entry with anti-theft alarm,' tachometer; cruise control; dual air bags; air conditioning; Alpine, audio system with stereocassette? 6040 fold-down rear seat; and power windows and locks. 5 Adding the $430 destination charge brought the price as tested to $20,829. ; The Sidekick easily maneuvers in tight quarters or off-road, where some SUVs can't. ' I ing effort. ' Although the Sidekick must contend with Toyota's RAV4 and Honda's CR-V, the Sidekick is still a popular choice. ! Price is one of the Sidekick's most attractive features, with the base two-door version still priced : at $13,000. For versions that compete more directly with new entries in the class, however, the Sidekick no longer has a significant price advantage. i The four-door Sport JLX with automatic transmission that I recently drove carried a sticker price of $20,399. This still is much less than any comparably equipped compact SUV, and that's what keeps it in the hunt. This year will be the last for this generation Sidekick. A redesigned version will be introduced motor pulls the Sidekick to 60 miles-per-hour in just over 13 seconds. The four-speed automatic is included in the base price, the 4-speed automatic-equipped JLX runs about $1,000 more than the manual transmission version. Although the automatic loses some of the get-up-and-go in comparison to a stick shift, drivers won't notice much difference. The automatic transmission in 1999. It will be more rounded and more intimidating in its styling. For now, the somewhat squarish generation cuts a hardy profile. With its contrasting lower-body cladding, the Sidekick is both handsome and rugged looking. The rear-mounted full-size spare tire is attached to the rear door. A 1.8-liter, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine powers the Sport. Delivering 120 horsepower with a peak torque of 114 foot-pounds, this and engine are well-matched, resulting in fairly smooth shifts. Losing only a mile or so in fuel economy in city and highway driving from 5-speed-equipped versions, the automatic-equipped Sport has an EPA rating of 21 mpg city24 mpg highway. The Sidekick is truck-like, in its handling and shouldn't be expected to tackle curves with the stability of a lower-slung sedan. This is a tall vehicle with a higher center of gravity. Body roll is evident in the turns at higher speeds. The steering is responsive, and Sidekick's size make it a winner in tight quarters. This also is true when driving off-road. The Sidekick can go some places where larger SUVs simply can't. The braking system is power-assisted and monitored by standard ABS, using discs up front and THE INFINITI 130. YOU'LL WISH EVERY CHOICE IN LIFE WERE THIS EASY. or 0 APR for 24 months' 2.9 APR for 36 months 4.9 APR for 48 months 6.9 APR for 60 months 3 9 9 a 9 month lease" Customer Down Payment $0 Refundable Security Deposit $400 j Acquisition Fee $450 First Month's Payment $399 ; Initial Payment $1,249 (EXCLUDES TAX, TITLE . LICENSE. INSURANCE AND OPTIONS) fS j - ", , iqh VW tS? 4i h ... .'.;ss . ..iWiWS..l'.lf'.i;'! M V- '.!- stm -- I . -.l-lWW!"" ' --t -i- ,1 mimMMtlMm'"!!"' ' """""""" . THE 1998 INFINITI 130 STARTING AT $28,900 The romance of luxury appointments. The exhilaration of raw power. 200-watt,six speaker Bose audio system with CD player and cassette Revolutionary 190-hp, all-aluminum V6 Eight-way power adjustable driver's seat Spacious, economically designed cabin Standard driver, passenger and front-seat side-impact airbags ENDS DECEMBER 31ST INFINITI. OWN ONE AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND". Visit us on the Internet at www.infiniti-usa.com West Palm Beach WEST PALM INFINITI 581 S. Military Trail (561) 684-1234 01997 lnfinltl Division of Nissan Motor Corporation USA Bosc Is a roistered trademark of the Bose Corporation. '1998 130 Standard Model MSRP is $2S,900 excluding $495 destitution charge, taxes, title, license, options and locally required equipment, Retailer sets actual price. tFmancing through IFS on all 1998 lnfinltl 130 models.lFS Preferred credit rating required. Higher rates on longer term contracts or lower credit. Offer not valid with any other special IFS financing offers. Not valid on lr.ises.For cai h $1,000 financed through IFS, with 15'Jidown payment.customer pays $35.42 per month. Retailer participation required and may affect actual cost. RETAILER SETS ACTUAL PRICE. SEE RETAILER FOR DETAILS. Offer ends 123197'Closedend lease of a 1998 130 (LeatherConvenience Pai luge ) subject to availability to qualified lessees through Infinlti Financial Services. MSRP $30,695.00, Incl.dest. charge. Actual capitalized ost of $29,422.13. Retailer participation may affect actual cost. Monthly payments total $15,561,00, At lease end, purchase for $19,37785 plus tax or pay disposition fee of $350 plus excess wear and tear and $0.15mile for mileage over 12,000year. Lessee responsible for maintenance and repairs. Lessee acquires no ownership rights unless vehicle purchased at lease end.See participating Retailer for details. Offer ends 123197

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