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2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport test drive

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2011 Suzuki Kizashi engine

2011 Suzuki Kizashi engine

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What Basem liked about the Suzuki Kizashi Sport:

  • Crisp handling
  • High quality interior
  • Exceeded expectations

What he didn't like:

  • Suspension sometimes feels too tight on bumpy roads
  • No V6 option
  • No non-CVT automatic transmission option

Who should buy the Suzuki Kizashi Sport:
Value-driven buyers looking for a well-composed sedan that's on the smaller size of the midsize segment

Who should not buy the Suzuki Kizashi Sport:
Label lovers who would rather play it safe with cars from higher volume manufacturers

Details and specs:

  • Body style: 4-door sedan
  • Seating capacity: 5
  • Trim levels: S, SE, Sport GTS, Sport SLS
  • Price range: $20,000 - $28,000 (estimated)
  • Model/price as tested: Kizashi Sport SLS, $26,049 (estimated)
  • Base engine: 2.4 liter inline four-cylinder, 185 hp @ 6,500 rpm (automatic: 180 hp @ 6,000 rpm), 170 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
  • Optional engine: None
  • Premium fuel required? No
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual, continuously-variable automatic
  • Driveline: Front engine, front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD)
  • EPA fuel economy estimates: 21 MPG city/31 MPG highway (base manual FWD), 23/31 (base automatic FWD), 23/30 (base AWD and SE/GTS/GLS automatic FWD), 20/29 (SE/GTS/SLS manual FWD), 22/29 (SE/GTS/SLS AWD)
  • Trunk space: 13.3 cubic feet
  • Where built:Japan
  • Standard safety equipment: Front airbags, front knee airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, two-row side-curtain airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control
  • Optional safety equipment: None
  • Major standard features: Power windows, locks and mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, air conditioning, CD/MP3 player
  • Major options: Cruise control, power seats, upgraded stereo, navigation, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers
  • Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 7 years/100,000 miles powertrain, 3 years/unlimited mileage outer body rust-through
  • Roadside assistance/free maintenance: 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance

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Disclosure: This test drive was conducted at a manufacturer-sponsored press event. Travel, accommodations, meals, vehicles and fuel were provided by Suzuki. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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 5 out of 5
Kizashi SE FWD w/ CVT = AWESOME!!!, Member Winu2011

I was very skeptical when the wife found the Suzuki Kizashi. Never heard of it and didn't think Suzuki did cars. After MONTHS of investigating and test driving everything in the 20K range, we bought one and I could not be happier. It is an INCREDIBLE riding car. The interior has a very elegant feel. We traded OUT of a 2006 BMW 325i and I am thrilled as I can be... and so is momma. Incredible power train warranty which makes the bumper to bumper extended warranty very inexpensive. There is plenty of get up and go and actually love the smoothness of the CVT drive train. So far, very, very happy and I would recommend a Kizashi to ANYONE looking for a great mid size sedan. Beats the heck out of the Sonata (cheap interior) Mazda 6 (Not a great ride) Cruz (Boxy)... I'm telling you, this is the one you want!

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