2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS

In general, the Kizashi has been (quietly) impressing everyone who has spent time behind the wheel. The Sport model kick the fun up a notch (compared to our Four Seasons car) by losing the awd system and CVT and giving the diver a pleasant six-speed manual transmission. You also end up with a car that's about 88 pounds lighter as a result of these changes. I thought the Sport's reflexes were just a touch sharper than the SLS we've been driving since March, but the difference wasn't nearly as impressive as the amount of money one could save by choosing a Sport over an SLS loaded up the way our car is. For $25,300, the Kizashi doesn't have much competition in the cheapish fun-to-drive-mid-size category until the new Jetta GLI hits the streets.
- Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor

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