The 1996 Suzuki Sidekick may be equipped with a 1.6-liter engine that offers a noteworthy performance, but the 1.8-liter engine in the Sport models is far more powerful. The latter works best with the four-speed automatic transmission. Both engines tend to growl rather loudly when throttled, and wind and road noise is also noticeable when it's being driven at highway speeds.
The 1996 Suzuki Sidekick is available with a 1.6-liter straight-four engine that delivers 80 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. All models have a five-speed manual transmission as standard. Two-door models get a three-speed automatic transmission as an option, while the four-door models get a four-speed automatic transmission. It has a 1.8-liter straight-four engine that delivers 160 horsepower.
|• 1996 Suzuki Sidekick||1.6L 4 Cyl|
|• 1996 Suzuki Sidekick||1.8L 4 Cyl VIN: 2|
The 1996 Suzuki Sidekick got rather poor scores during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA. It got two stars for driver safety and three stars for passenger safety out of a possible five stars.
The 1996 Suzuki Sidekick has lots of space to offer up front, offering plenty of headroom and legroom. However, the rear bench only has enough legroom, headroom, and shoulder width for two people. Moreover, the seats are too hard for comfort, and legroom pretty much disappears when the front seats are pushed all the way back. The narrow cabin results in the doors being too close to the seats, creating a scarcity of shoulder room as well. The cargo space is not remarkable, but it is adequate thanks to the swing-open rear door and the foldable seat at the rear.