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Suzuki's new Reno is an all-new 5-door that adds a little spice to the humdrum compact-car class.

Like the other recent new-model debuts by Suzuki, the Forenza and Verona, the Reno sports Euro-car styling by the famed design firm, Italdesign. The clean exterior lines envelope a cabin that offers excellent roominess for its class — there's more front and rear leg room in the Reno than in either the Mazda3 or the Toyota Matrix. The rear cargo area is also very good (aided by the 60/40 rear folding seat) and the dash/center console design and materials are of a high quality.

The front-wheel-drive Reno's 16-valve dohc 4-cylinder engine is 2.0 liters in displacement and makes decent power, putting out 126 bhp at 5600 rpm and 131 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard while a 4-speed automatic is an available option. Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg city and 30 highway with the manual and 21/29 in the automatic.

Starting at around $13,500, the Reno comes equipped with a bevy of standard features. Air conditioning, power steering and power windows, mirrors and door locks are included as are 15-in. alloy wheels and front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger. An especially nice standard item is the 8-speaker AM/FM CD and MP3 player with that can be operated via controls on the steering wheel. Four-wheel disc brakes come standard with ABS an option. Leather interior and power sunroof are available as options.

And perhaps nicest of all is the Reno's very generous warranty. Dubbed Suzuki's Open Road Promise, it covers the powertrain for 7 years/100,000 miles and also includes a 3 year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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