Mileage To Date: 11,707
We closed the last 4 Seasons update on our 2010 Suzuki Kizashi by suggesting the affable sedan would soon become a popular choice for summer road trips. We were correct - indeed, the little Suzuki soon found itself on a cross-country haul, as the Kizashi set out for a lengthy trek from Michigan to Wyoming.
A smaller midsize sedan may be an unusual choice for the 1200-mile journey, but the Kizashi does have its merits. We've lauded the Suzuki for its driving dynamics and refined interior, but fuel economy is also impressive, and so far the Kizashi is averaging between 29 and 30 mpg on the trip.
Another attribute that has come into play out West is the Kizashi's all-wheel-drive. We haven't thought much about the system during Michigan's lukewarm spring, but it's proven to be a boon in the Rocky Mountains. AWD makes the Kizashi rock solid on the snowy, slippery roads. When local park rangers look at the car, they're a little surprised a small sedan like this has all-wheel-drive - most people we've seen out here travel in big, tall SUVs.
The high elevations (such as Berthoud Pass, at 11,300 feet) can challenge any vehicle, but the Suzuki has more than held its own. Its direct steering make winding roads a breeze to navigate, while the wheel-mounted shift paddles are great for calling up some engine braking. Better yet, the Kizashi managed to work its way down the Teton Pass - a roughly ten-percent grade - with nary a sign of brake fade.
Complaints are few, but we did note that the subwoofer (part of the powerful Rockford Fosgate audio system) hangs from the underside of the package shelf, where it encroaches slightly upon cargo space. Also, the Bluetooth system has been a little cantankerous as of late.
Still, these are fairly minor detriments, as the Kizashi "has handled everything we've asked it to, and proved itself to be both a canyon-carver and a friend in fowl weather. What SUV can you say that about?"
2010 Suzuki Kizashi SLS AWD
Base Price: (with destination): $26, 749
Price as tested: $27,129
Body Style: 4-door sedan
Construction: Steel unibody
Size: DOHC inline four-cylinder
Displacement: 2.4 liters
Power: 180 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Fuel economy, city/highway: 22/29 mpg
Steering: Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turns lock to lock: 2.6
Turning circle: 18.0 ft
Suspension, Front: Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear: Multilink, coil springs
Brakes, F/R: Vented disc/disc, ABS
Wheels: 18-inch alloy
Tires: Dunlop SP Sport 7000 all-season tires
Tire Size: 235/45R18
Headroom, F/R: 39.3/37 in
Legroom, F/R: 41.7/35.6 in
Shoulder Room, F/R: 55.5/54.6 in
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Track, F/R: 61.6/61.6 in
L x W x H: 183.1 x 71.7 x 58.3
Cargo Capacity: 13.3 cu ft
Weight: 3483 lbs
Weight Dist. F/R:
Fuel Capacity: 16.6 gal
Est. Range: 481 miles
Fuel Grade: 87 octane
Heated front seats
Bluetooth phone connectivity
Rockford Fosgate audio system
Rear parking assist sensors
Rain sensing wipers
Automatic headlamp control
Homelink remote commander
Metallic paint - $130
Body side molding accents - $125
Premium floor mats - $125