12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi SLS AWD - Four Seasons Update - September 2010

October 6, 2010
2010 Suzuki Kizashi SLS AWD Rear Three Quarters
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Months in Fleet: Seven
Miles to Date: 22,572
2010 Suzuki Kizashi SLS AWD Rear Three Quarter
Despite logging some 22,572 miles over nine months, the Suzuki Kizashi feels as fresh as it did upon arrival here at 120 East Liberty Street. Interior trim and controls have yet to show any signs of wear and tear. Our service records further belie the Kizashi's age. We've yet to take it to the dealer for anything other than scheduled maintenance, which ran us $45.31 for an oil change and filter this month.
"After several months away from the Kizashi," writes associate editor Eric Tingwall, "I climb into our blue sedan and marvel that this is a Suzuki. I'd venture to call this the highest quality cabin in any mainstream sedan, and the design is tasteful, functional, and attractive."
"I couldn't have been happier with the car during a 500-mile round trip that was marred by more than a couple construction- and accident-related traffic jams," says managing editor Amy Skogstrom. "The Kizashi runs at 85 mph with no drama-acceleration can be a little noisy, but at cruising speeds, the engine stays at 2500 rpm, and its sound isn't intrusive."
Our positive experience thus far with the Kizashi has us wondering: If Suzuki builds a downright impressive automobile but has a limited marketing budget and dealer network, will anyone notice? Through August, roughly 3500 Kizashis have been delivered to North American customers-solid numbers for Suzuki, but a pittance when compared to sales volumes of the competition.
"It's really a shame about the Kizashi," writes Skogstrom. "Suzuki has built a really good small car that is absolutely invisible in the marketplace. Owners are apparently quite satisfied, however. Based on owners' ratings of new 2010 model year cars across different attributes, the Kizashi (along with the Range Rover) is the top-rated vehicle in AutoPacific's Ideal Vehicle Awards."
"This whole car outperforms Suzuki's reputation," Tingwall adds. "It's a situation that reminds me of Mazda, where the substance of products is lost because of the brand's meager marketing budget; except with Suzuki, that budget is even smaller."
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2010 Suzuki Kizashi SLS AWD
2010 Suzuki Kizashi SLS AWD Rear Three Quarter
Base Price (with destination): $26, 749
Price as tested: $27,129
Overview
Body Style: 4-door sedan
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unibody
Powertrain
Size: DOHC inline four-cylinder
Displacement: 2.4 liters
Power: 180 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: Continuously-variable
Drive: all-wheel
Fuel economy, city/highway: 22/29 mpg
Chassis
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
Measurements
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
Standard Equipment
Leather seating
Heated front seats
Bluetooth phone connectivity
Rockford Fosgate audio system
Rear parking assist sensors
Rain sensing wipers
Automatic headlamp control
Homelink remote commander
Options
Metallic paint - $130
Body side molding accents - $125
Premium floor mats - $125
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Long-Term 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Reviews to Date:

FALL 2010
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