The biggest discernible difference between this Kizashi Sport and our Four Seasons Kizashi SLS AWD is that the Sport has a six-speed manual transmission versus our SLS model's CVT (continuously variable transmission). And although the Kizashi CVT works well enough, it tends to drone on as the revs rise, which isn't the most pleasant sound, and it certainly isn't sporty. So it was nice to be in a Kizashi with a manual. I also noted that the Sport's 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are much better looking, less fussy looking, than the more conservatively styled 18-inchers on our SLS. Interestingly, even the SLS has the sharp looking dual exhaust tips that are also here on this Sport.
I can't say that I noticed the effect of this Sport having KYB shocks, but then again, the regular Kizashi has quite good chassis tuning.
- Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor