|Compact SUV; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $2,000*|
1993 Suzuki Samurai
1994 Suzuki Samurai
1995 Suzuki Samurai
1990 Suzuki Samurai
1991 Suzuki Samurai
Though cute and cheap, Samurai is simply too small, underpowered, and unrefined to serve as real transportation.
Introduced for 1986, it was not until 1989 that the sport-utility vehicle was on sale across the country, as either a convertible or a fixed-roof hardtop. The slow-selling hardtop was dropped after 1989, leaving only the convertible, in a single price level. Switching from carburetion to fuel injection for 1990, the 66 horsepower 1.3-liter engine came only with a 5-speed manual transmission. An on-demand, part-time 4WD system was standard. Manual-locking front hubs also were standard, but dealers could install automatic-locking hubs.
A pair of two-wheel-drive models arrived for 1991, led by the JA. The JA came without a top or rear seat, while the JS added a folding soft top and 2-place rear seat.
The 2-wheel-drive JS model dropped out, leaving only the 2WD JA and 4WD JL models.
Nothing was new for 1993 in Suzuki’s smallest sport-utility vehicle.
Only 4WD remained after ’93, as the two-wheel-drive model dropped out. The remaining Samurai came with a canvas top, and added a center high-mounted stoplamp.
Only a 2-door convertible body style with 4-wheel drive returned for 1995, Samurai’s final season.