Re: Sidekick vs. Samurai
The first thing that makes Sami's more attractive, is that they are much more popular off-road, so more companies make "add-on" parts for them, and there's more competition for our hard earned dollars. The second benefit they have is that you don't have to deal with the Independent Front Suspension.
That said, I think it has a lot to do with your driving tastes. I LOVE my Sidekick. It's a four door, and they only come in hard-top, so modifying it to at least put in a sun-roof is a big help. If you live in cold country (oh, are you in the TROPICAL part of Canada?), the Sidekick may have an advantage over even the tin-top Sami's - it's better insulated. Well, OK, in my humble opinion, ALL Suzuki products SUCK, when it comes to defrosting your windshield at -20 F (umm... that's minus 29 C). I've had a '91 4-door Sidekick, a '92 4-door Sidekick, traded them in on a pair of '95 4-door Sidekicks, and traded one of THOSE in on a '99 Grand Vitara. If you drive in cold country, get on line to Jacobs Electronics, and get one of their windshield washer fluid heaters. That looks like the only way to keep the glass clean, to me.
My '95 is now getting 30 miles per gallon (geez, Canada's metric, right? That's 12.75 KM per Liter, or 7.8 Liters per 100 KM), and with 117,000 miles (about 189,000 KM) on it, it's still running strong.
95 'Kick 4 Door - Calmini header & exhaust = mo' power! YES!!!