The Suzuki Kizashi is a sleeper, not in performance, but in how much fun it offers. Any car with the word "sport" in its name deserves to be driven at least a little bit harder, so I spent my Sunday morning doing burnout after burnout at every stoplight between my home and the local IHOP fine-dining establishment. Understated styling and modest engine be damned, the Kizashi is a blast when equipped with the six-speed manual.
The suspension tweaks are subtle, but there is a discernable difference in the amount of suspension travel over bumps, making for a more buttoned down ride. Fortunately, the Kizashi continues to provide superb damping, meaning the Sport model is really no less comfortable than the base trim. The sure-footed stability and excellent steering are also still intact. If you're shopping for a Kizashi, it's hard to argue with the no-drawbacks sport model.
- Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor