The Suzuki Jimny is a four-wheel-drive off-road mini SUV model produced and sold by the Suzuki Motor Corporation. Perhaps Suzuki’s most famous model outside of its line of motorcycles, the Jimny is known for its eye-catching look, subcompact size, off-road performance that rivals bigger and more expensive vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover models, and also, regrettably, its poor safety ratings.
The Suzuki Jimny was originally a Kei car when it was first released in 1970. It was based on the HopeStar ON360 off-road vehicle, which Suzuki had acquired the rights to. This led to the creation of the first Jimny, the Suzuki LJ10 (Light Jeep 10), as a compact and capable off-road model.
The Suzuki Jimny is currently in its fourth generation, which debuted in 2018. However, new Jimny models have been banned in the U.S. for ages, dating back to a 1998 lawsuit concerning the rollover risk of the Suzuki Samurai. This likely influenced Suzuki’s later decision to cease all car sales in America in 2012.
- 2022 Suzuki Jimny (Starting MSRP $26,990)
- Pros: The Suzuki Jimny off-road mini SUV provides a very unique design with plenty of standard equipment and off-road performance chops that make it a superb adventure vehicle.
- Cons: It can be incredibly hard to get your hands on a new Jimny due to limited availability. Additionally, it has abysmal safety ratings.
- See Also: Samurai and S-Cross