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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