...This allowed a retuning of the suspension for a softer ride without negatively impacting overall steering response. The Sport trims also get performance tires and new, lighter 18-inch wheels that provide an 8-pound reduction in unsprung weight – the best place to drop mass for increases in handling and overall performance, including acceleration and braking. There are also aesthetic improvements for the Sport GTS and SLS in the way of a body kit, white stitching for the leather seats, and a redesigned 3-spoke steering wheel. CVTs also get paddle shifters here, but the manual remains the...
...Exterior features include: Standard 16-inch wheels Available 18-inch wheels Standard projector-beam headlights Rain-sensing wipers and sonar rear parking sensors (SLS Sport) Power glass sunroof (Sport GTS, SLS) Interior The Kizashi features a standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and USB connectivity. Interior features include: Available navigation system and rearview camera Optional 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system Optional leather seats Optional hands-free Bluetooth connectivity Under the Hood Only a...
...one of which I'm ready to call a defect: In both cars, the windshield washers froze and clogged when it wasn't particularly cold outside — right around freezing or just below. Also, I didn't mention it last time, but the 2011 reminded me how susceptible the Kizashi is to outside odors. I know it's a weird issue, but diesel fumes and even stuff like cigarette smoke from nearby cars readily found their way into the ventilation system. Perhaps this means there's a greater than normal supply of fresh air, which could be good, but sometimes the air isn't very fresh. With me, the Kizashi's...
Suzuki has a bit of a brand awareness problem on its hands. Its Kizashi midsize sedan is, for the most part, competitive with the best of the non-luxury brands on the market... read more January 26, 2012 by Kurt Ernst 2
Suzuki is struggling in the U.S. to simply get consideration from vehicle shoppers. Once it gets that, with vehicles like the excellent 2011 Suzuki Kizashi and 2011 Suzuki... read more April 21, 2011 by Bengt Halvorson
It was exactly a year ago that Suzuki introduced the new ‘Sport’ variant of its very capable Kizashi mid-size sedan. Contrary to the buzz leading up to the... read more April 19, 2011 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Joining the turbocharged Kizashi Apex Concept on stage at this week’s 2011 New York Auto Show is a greener version of the popular Kizashi mid-size sedan, the EcoCharge... read more April 19, 2011 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Over several decades, Suzuki has established quite a reputation for itself in the U.S. as a maker of high-quality, high-performance motorcycles and ATVs. Unfortunately, the... read more April 19, 2011 by Bengt Halvorson