Months in fleet: six
Seasons may change, but our Four Seasons Suzuki Kizashi doesn't. The all-wheel-drive sedan remains popular for long road trips, where it continues to win friends and change notions about the Japanese automaker.
The latest Kizashi convert was colleague Al Luckwald, who took the car down to Williamsburg, Virginia for a family vacation. Although the premise of a Suzuki with a $27,000-price tag seemed a little odd at first, Luckwald quickly came to appreciate the Kizashi.
"I could not have asked for a better car than the Kizashi for our trip," he writes. "The amenities-including the leather seating, excellent A/C, and USB input-were all we could ask for, and the four-cylinder never struggled in the hills of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. I am delightfully shocked with how well it drives and how nicely it is styled inside and out-I would certainly recommend it to friends that are in the market for a midsize sedan."
Art director Matt Tierney followed Luckwald's trip with a journey of his own, to North Carolina to retrieve some leftovers from his recent move. Tierney's calculations show the Kizashi, while not exactly a gas hog, is a little more petrol-hungry than its competition. Highway stretches usually average around 27 mpg, while the number falls just below 24 mpg during city driving.
"Mileage aside," he writes, "it's still a great little car. It got surprising amounts of attention on my trip, with four different people asking me about it in Asheville, including one cyclist who backtracked from a steep climb up the Blue Ridge parkway to ask very direct questions about the car."
Thankfully, our Suzuki dealer hasn't had to pay that much attention to our Kizashi. We recently took it in for a routine service, and paid roughly $40 for an oil change, filter, multi-point inspection, and a battery test. We're happy to report the Kizashi is more than holding it's own in its first 20,000 miles. Here's hoping its next six months go just as well.
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