- sedan 97,083
- 13,990 overpriced
- Lawnside, NJ
- 5 years
2011 suzuki kizashi review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. It runs smooth and makes 185 or 180 horsepower, depending on whether it's mated to the 6-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transaxle, which operates automatically or can be shifted through six steps using paddles on the steering wheel. suzuki engineers invested much time and attention in the development of the suspension, macpherson strut front and multi-link rear, and it shows; the ride, including over rough roads, and handling, including hard driving on the track, are exceptional for a midsize sports sedan that costs a mere $20,000. The chassis raises the bar for rigidity. The brakes, too, we found to be pitch perfect. all-wheel drive is an option. Called i-awd, the all-wheel-drive package, available with the cvt, brings suzuki to the game with the big boys, such as the subaru legacy and audi a3. styling-wise, the kizashi looks both potent and elegant, in its modest midsize manner. Both feature special sport bodywork, including a more muscular front fascia and lower grille, side sill extensions, spoiler on the trunk lid, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The crossed mesh grille is titanium colored. inside the cabin, the quality of the materials is high, maybe especially the standard sport seats. Both sport models get their own steering wheels, and the sls sport gets contrasting stitching on its leather seats. kizashi straddles the line between compact and midsize sedans. Popular mechanics magazine included it in a face-off of midsize sedans in 2010, and the kizashi scored first-place in handling, braking, skid pad grip, and acceleration, against honda accord, toyota camry, ford fusion, subaru legacy, nissan altima, mazda 6, and chevrolet malibu. safety-wise, the kizashi leads the field, with no less than eight standard airbags, advanced stability control using the abs, projector beam headlamps, and a tire pressure monitor. Kizashi s is available with a 6-speed manual or cvt 21,049); the latter includes cruise control and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Kizashi s is also available with all-wheel drive and the cvt 22,099). kizashi se 22,049) comes only with the cvt and adds 10-way power driver's seat with three memory positions, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake lever, paddle shifters, cruise control, wide-profile 18-inch tires on alloy wheels. Kizashi se is available with awd 23,399). kizashi sport gts 23,049) features sporty body work, including a muscular front fascia and lower grille, body side sill extensions, trunk spoiler, steering wheel, sport bumpers, fancy 18-inch alloy wheels. The gts also adds a moonroof and fog lights, 10 speakers, 425-watt rockford fosgate system and ipod connectivity. The gts 6-speed manual gets a higher numerical 4. 11 final drive ratio (quicker acceleration performance); also available is the cvt 24,149) or cvt awd 25,499). kizashi sport sls 24,849) upgrades with leather upholstery with contrasting stitching, heated seats, power passenger seat, heated mirrors, auto headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear parking sensor, homelink garage door opener, rain-sensing wipers. Xm satellite radio 350) is available. safety equipment includes eight airbags: two frontal, two side curtain, and one for each door. Active safety features include antilock brakes (abs), electronic stability control, electronic brake-force distribution. The government-mandated tire monitor is there, also. Suzuki says the kizashi already meets some of the 2014 crash standards, including side pole crash and front offset collision. More than 100 kizashis were crashed by suzuki during testing. Optional all-wheel drive can enhance safety in slippery conditions. The basic warranty is 3 years or 36,000 miles, but the powertrain is covered for 7 years or 100,000 miles. walkaroundthe styling of the kizashi is suzuki all the way, especially head-on. Kizashi's looks are consistent with its performance profile. Not a would-be or wannabe sports sedan, but a modest sports sedan on the way up. Nothing is overdone. Well, maybe just a little bit, the twin chrome integrated angular tailpipes. We're okay with that. The 18-inch alloy wheels are eye-catching. the kizashi has a rounded, audi-like stance. In profile, especially the roofline and front valance with the s and se models, it's lexus-like, with a neat little nose. The shape of the grille is totally suzuki, as if that big s in the center didn't already say so. Headlights fit just right, and the lines are clean to the three other air openings, with the two outside slots holding the fog lights. all sls and gts models come with sport trim, which includes special bodywork. High-quality materials make even the base kizashi s feel like a more expensive car. There's a 2x4-inch digital display between the tach and speedo, with access to everything from outside temp to instantaneous fuel mileage. The paddles are sized and shaped just right, unlike some. Fold-down rear headrests improve rearview visibility. Overhead and footwell ambient lighting is cool. we've put a lot of miles on various kizashi models. Nice leather door grab handles. A standard folding rear seat that opens up the trunk is always useful in a car; in addition, there's a hatch to the trunk for skis, 2x4s, and other long cargo. the legroom in the rear is adequate, although it's a couple inches less than the redesigned subaru legacy, a competitor with a base model at that same under-20k price (and including all-wheel drive).
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