2010 Suzuki Kizashi

26 Mar 2010 | 3,374 views | No Comment
2010-suzuki-kizashi-front I can just see it now. Here comes this sharp silver gray sedan with nice alloy wheels  and nicely chiseled features around the corner. Heads turn. And here comes the question from onlookers: “What was that?” A Kizashi, that’s; what.  A Suzuki Kizashi.  And if you can’t pronounce or remember the name for now, that’s okay. You’ll have plenty of time to get used to it because this one’s a game changer. And it’s going to be quite the talk of the town when the word gets around about it. Aat first, you’re not really sure what to make or the Kizashi. It looks like a luxury car writ small to some eyes, or a compact car writ large to others. In my view, this car is at the vanguard of a whole slew of sensibly sized cars for the world we soon will live in: Expensive gasoline, fewer choices for family cars, thanks to the emphasis on small cars;  and a newly sobered economy in which the name of the game is value for the money--and lots of it. In reality it’s an intermediate car, but even so, it’s still a blueprint for the intermediate family car of the future. 2010-suzuki-kizashi-back It’s unlike any Suzuki I’ve seen, or any that you’ve seen for that matter. It’s got a muscular, subtly brutish look to it, and lots more style than what we usually see in the family car field. Prices start at $18,999 and top out at $26,749 for a top of the line SLS with all wheel drive. All versions are powered by a 185 horsepower 2.45 liter four cylinder engine, with fuel economy ratings are 20/29 with a six speed manual, 23/30 with front wheel drive, and a CVT automatic transmission, or if you order all wheel drive, expect 22/29 with a CVT  tranny. Available models start with the S version, that gets all power accessories, dual zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition/entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, USB port/iPod interface,  and satellite radio,. You get cruise control and leather wrapped steering wheel if you order a CVT-equipped S. The story on equipment gets even better with the SE. An eight way power deriver seat with memory setting. The GTS adds to that with fog lights, sunroof, steering wheel shift paddles, a Rockford Fosgate stereo with 10 speakers, and Blue tooth phone connectivity. The SLS distinguishes itself with  automatic headlamp, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat and an auto-dimming rear view mirror, among other things. 2010-suzuki-kizashi-int When you get inside the Kizashi, you’ll notice a rather rich looking interior with plenty of tasteful aluminum trim---and plenty of quiet. The Kizashi is one of the quietest four cylinder cars we’ve driven, and there is relatively little noise that filters into the car. I did find the rear seat to bit small; and could use an inch or two more back there. As for driving, the car’s shift paddles responded instantaneously, with not a moment of hesitating before shifting.  I also didn’t find any high pitched whining from the engine, either.  The Kizashi also handled itself well around our course through Downtown Pittsburgh and surrounding environs. Another thing--the trunk is quite large, and certainly could hold plenty of luggage from a good-sized  family as well as any in its competitive field. Generally, the Kizashi is a quiet, composed car on the road, and became only a bit unsettled over potholes and streets that are in marginal shape. Altogether,  the Kizashi was a real treat to test drive, and I expect that it will be a big boon for Suzuki.

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