2010 Suzuki Kizashi

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1001 04 Z+2010 Suzuki Kizashi+rear Three Quarter View
Suzuki wants to reinvent its image in the United States. Actually, let me rephrase that: Suzuki wants to invent its image in the United States. If cars were movies, the Reno and the Forenza would've been as straight-to-video as the Olsen twins' How the West was Fun. The SX4, though, is a spunky little bundle of value, and now we have the Kizashi, Suzuki's most serious attempt yet to muscle into the automotive mainstream.
1001 04 Z+2010 Suzuki Kizashi+rear Three Quarter View
The Kizashi (pronounced the way Snoop Dogg would ask for some healthy breakfast cereal, as in, "Yo, pass me that box of Kiz-ashi") is a deceptively large four-door aimed at the sporty fringes of the mid-size-sedan market. The Kizashi isn't meant to take on the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord - in fact, Suzuki's press materials explicitly disparage the "soulless transportation appliances" that rule the segment. Fortunately, the Kizashi has enough personality to distinguish itself from the mainstream, as well as from Suzuki's own recent past.
To our eyes, the Kizashi looks much smaller than a Volkswagen Jetta, but in fact, it's nearly four inches longer. The stubby trunk fools you into thinking that the Suzuki is compact, but a six-foot-tall passenger can sit in the back seat behind a six-foot-tall driver without feeling like a conscripted member of the U.S. bobsled team. It's a useful size, big enough to fit four adults but small enough to feel wieldy - and still ten inches shorter than the leviathan Mazda 6.
For now, the sole engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 hp when mated with the six-speed manual transmission or 180 hp with the CVT automatic. The engine is utterly smooth and rev-happy, as you'd expect from a company famous for its screaming motorcycle powerplants. Balance shafts help quell the bad vibes than can emanate from big four-cylinders, and an aluminum block and head keep weight down. The crankshaft and the connecting rods are forged, which is probably a good idea for a company that provides a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. With the manual transmission, the front-wheel-drive Kizashi does 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, says Suzuki, and manages about 30 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive is an option.
Care to know more about the Kizashi's performance? Suzuki picks some very specific performance metrics to assert the car's superiority. For instance, the Kizashi is quicker than the four-cylinder versions of the Acura TSX and the Mazda 6 in the vaunted eighth-mile drag race. It also has higher lateral grip when turning left on dry pavement (0.98 g, according to Suzuki). So if you were going to race for an eighth of a mile and then turn left, the Kizashi is the clear winner. But what if you're accelerating to 43 mph, braking to 20 mph, and rolling down the windows while turning right? Suzuki isn't telling.
Per modern regulations for any vehicle sportier than a shopping cart, the Kizashi's suspension was tuned at the Nürburgring. The chassis is good fun on a road course, demonstrating a little bit of lift-throttle tail-happiness to tuck the front end into a corner. Suzuki points out that the brake system uses components from Akebono, the company that makes the brakes for the Shinkansen bullet train in Japan. And if a bullet train found its way onto GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, where we drove the Kizashi, it, too, would probably experience brake fade. But repeated threshold braking from 90 mph - as experienced during a lap of GingerMan - is probably not a pastime that many Kizashi owners will pursue.
1001 02 Z+2010 Suzuki Kizashi+front Interior
Suzuki makes the rare acknowledgement that the Kizashi's competitive set includes used cars (like off-lease BMWs and Audis), and its interior is designed to satisfy people who might be cross-shopping used luxury rides. The SLS model is trimmed in leather and has heated front seats and a Rockford Fosgate sound system. If you're not familiar with Rock- ford, it's like Bose for people who drink wine out of a box. We don't know about the soundstage or slope of the crossovers, but the Kizashi's system doesn't distort until it's turned up loud enough to shake the rear fascia off the car.
There's nothing earth-shattering about the Kizashi's specifications. But you get the impression that Suzuki put a lot of work into getting this car right and paying attention to the details. Notice, for example, the extruded-aluminum lower control arms in the rear suspension. Those are pretty nice pieces for a family sedan. We appreciate it when a mainstream car exhibits evidence that the people who built it care enough about driving to do certain things the hard way (which is to say, the expensive way).
The overall result is a vehicle that doesn't rewrite the rules of mid-size sedans but makes a case for itself against any of the cars that are out there. We see a strong parallel with Suzuki's outboard-motor business. A decade ago, Suzuki was an outlier there, too, but it has since revamped its entire lineup, drastically improved public perception, and expanded its OEM availability to 170 different boats. The company changed the question from, "Why would you buy a Suzuki?" to "Why wouldn't you buy a Suzuki?"
In the case of its cars, and specifically the Kizashi, the answer there would probably be, "Because I bought a Subaru." The Kizashi's angle - engaging performance, reasonable price, sharp interior, all-wheel drive - is shared by the Legacy. Pricing is pretty close. The volume-model Kizashi SE is $22,234, but the decked-out SLS with navigation (which includes leather and the Rockford stereo) costs $27,484. That's for a front-wheel-drive four-cylinder model. Meanwhile, a Subaru Legacy 3.6R Premium - minus leather and a big stereo but with all-wheel drive and a 256-hp boxer six-cylinder - goes for $26,690. And the Legacy definitely can't be painted with the "soulless transportation appliance" brush. Granted, Suzuki provides a longer powertrain warranty (seven years or 100,000 miles to the Subaru's five-year/60,000-mile plan), but the Subaru is right on top of it in most important ways.
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But whether the Kizashi is better than a Legacy is beside the point. The major revelation is that Suzuki now builds a car that's worthy of that discussion, a car that seriously makes a case for itself in an arena packed with established competitors. Farewell, Forenza, and pass the Kizashi.
2010 Suzuki Kizashi
base price $19,734
engine 16-valve DOHC I-4
displacement 2.4 liters (146 cu in)
horsepower 185 hp @ 6500 rpm
torque 170 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
transmission type 6-speed manual
drive Front-wheel
steering Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
suspension, front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
brakes f/r Vented discs/discs, ABS
tires Dunlop SP Sport
tire size 215/60VR-16
L x W x H 183.1 x 71.7 x 58.3 in
wheelbase 106.3 in
track f/r 61.6/61.6 in
weight 3241 lb
FUEL mileage 21/31 mpg (est.)
Design Analysis
By Robert Cumberford
1001 06 Z+2010 Suzuki Kizashi+design Analysis
If ever there were a "nice little car," this is it. Except it's not a little car at all, falling more into the Honda Civic category with its identical 106-inch wheelbase. The Kizashi is almost six inches longer but hides that with its rounded forms. The domed hood, optimized for pedestrian safety, is flanked by quite complex headlamp units, and apart from a cheap-looking plastic grille, the Kizashi looks like an expensive midrange European car. It's not particularly beautiful or distinctive, but it presents itself well, looks substantial, and promises new gains for Suzuki in the United States. It doesn't hurt that it's very nice to drive and comfortable to be in.
  1. These are the best wheels Suzuki has ever offered, and they're far superior in concept and detailing to those on many luxury cars.
  2. The perpetual rising line keeps showing up on more and more cars. Perhaps someone will try a line parallel to the ground again one day soon.
  3. These gigantic sideview mirrors are one of the deceptive cues that make you think this is a smaller car than it really is. Best get used to it - they are legally mandated in many jurisdictions.
  4. As on most modern cars, the A-pillar is far too thick for excellent visibility, but at least it is nicely straight.
  5. Cutting the door opening into the A-pillar gives a pillarless look to the side glass, despite its being completely framed.
  6. Bereft of any stiffening ribs save at the outer edges, the domed hood provides a relatively soft landing for any struck pedestrian.
  7. The plastic grille texture is unfortunate, but by keeping it black and unobtrusive, Suzuki's designers have given a quality aspect to the front end.
  8. These outboard inlets add visual width, attract the eye downward, and make for a successful composition for the front end.
  9. The basket-shape grille outline recalls the shield front end of recent Audis and subtly conveys an impression of quality.
0910 04 Pl+2010 Suzuki Kizashi+front Three Quarters View
0910 04 Z+2010 Suzuki Kizashi+front Three Quarters View
We've been anxious to share with you our driving impressions of the new Suzuki Kizashi ever since its maker dropped off a car at our Ann Arbor offices nearly two months ago and again earlier this month for our annual All-Stars testing. Now that the driving-impressions embargo has finally lifted and we've driven the car in several states around the country, we're happy to reveal that the Kizashi is Suzuki's best-ever car for the American market and truly fun to drive, particularly on racetracks.
Suzuki's next-newest car, the compact SX4, drives impressively well, with tight steering and body motions. The mid-size Kizashi (which has similar dimensions to the Volkswagen Passat and whose name roughly translates to "something great is coming") may not look it from its somewhat anodyne exterior styling, but the car more or less matches the 500-pound-lighter SX4's fun factor in many ways -- and handily beats the dynamics of almost everything else in its price and/or size class.
Long gone are the days of Suzuki's lackluster Verona, Reno, and Forenza sedans and hatchbacks, which were more or less rebadged General Motors products. Suzuki claims that the new Kizashi, on the other hand, is a clean-slate, "home-built" effort with a "Europeanized flair" that follows that of the highly lauded Swift, a compact hatch that was launched in Europe several years ago but wasn't allowed to make the trip across the Atlantic.
To illustrate the capabilities of the Kizashi, Suzuki hosted us at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, yesterday. Just days before, I'd had the chance to drive a Kizashi at GingerMan Raceway near South Haven, Michigan. At GingerMan, I also rode along with Automobile Magazine's West Coast editor Jason Cammisa, who quickly fell in love with the Kizashi's neutral balance and willingness to rotate during lift-throttle maneuvers. "You'd never be able to do this in a Toyota Camry," Cammisa exclaimed as he drifted through a long hairpin left-hander. VIR is a hillier, more wide-open track, but the Kizashi handled its challenges with equally enjoyable aplomb, despite damp track surfaces. Per VIR officials' decree, we left stability control engaged, but we were happy to note that it doesn't rein you in nearly as early or abruptly as the stability control systems in many other cars on the market today. Our only complaint on the track is that the 185-hp four-cylinder engine is often reluctant to catapult the 3250-pound Kizashi out of corners. But like so many well-balanced, relatively underpowered cars (for example the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the normally aspirated Mini Cooper), the Kizashi is rewarding when you drive it correctly on a racetrack -- and relatively forgiving when you miss an apex. Such cars are more about momentum than horsepower, easy smiles rather than clenched teeth.
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OK, so the Kizashi is surprisingly fun to toss around a racetrack. But how is it on real roads, at the hands of drivers who don't want to blatantly abuse the sidewalls of their Dunlop tires, particularly when those shoes are wrapped around the largest wheels available on the Kizashi -- eighteen inchers? Answer: the newest Suzuki handled imperfections on the scenic byways of North Carolina and Virginia very crisply, without transferring much turbulence to the occupants inside, and drove like the pleasant appliance that many midsize-car buyers desire. During more spirited driving, though, the Kizashi transforms, as those same underpinnings permit the car to take a confident set in corners and transition well between them.
The Kizashi's six-speed manual transmission, which we highly recommend, shifts lightly and smoothly and is enjoyable to operate. The other transmission option is a paddleshifted continuously variable automatic, which is generally very sure of itself and is quick to respond to throttle inputs. All-wheel drive is a nice extra to have in this class, but, unfortunately, it's available only with the CVT; AWD costs an additional $1250, adds about 125 pounds to the car's overall weight, and can send up to about 50 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels.
American Suzuki executives -- who like to think of the Kizashi as "a premium car without the premium" and "a sport sedan alternative" -- are pleased with how the car has turned out, and justifiably so. Their biggest challenge, however, will be getting the word out, as Suzuki cars aren't on many consumers' radar screens, despite some impressive recent grades from the likes of J.D. Power, Consumer Reports, and the Automotive Leasing Guide (which tracks automotive resale values).
Our only real complaints are that the styling is a bit derivative (see the strong hints of Volkswagens in the front end and the BMW 1-series in the trunk lid?), the front seats don't raise high enough to provide exemplary thigh support, and the gloveboxes in several vehicles didn't seem to fit quite right. Although we found the four-banger a bit lacking in oomph on the racetrack, some less-lead-footed journalists were surprised to learn that the cars they'd driven were equipped with only a four-cylinder, so most owners probably won't mind -- especially since the Kizashi will offer fuel economy of up to 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, according to EPA tests of front-wheel-drive, CVT-equipped base models.
Four trim levels will be available: S, SE, GTS, and top-spec SLS. Convenience features like dual-zone climate control and keyless go/entry are standard across the board, while top-level models can have their already-sharp interiors adorned with things like leather, navigation, and a powerful Rockford Fosgate audio system that can stream tunes from your iPod via a Bluetooth connection. Safety and warranty are top-notch as well. The S model will start at less than $20,000; a front-wheel-drive manual vehicle loaded with everything but nav will sticker at about $25,000.
The Kizashi will start trickling into dealerships in December with a version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder that premiered in the Grand Vitara for the 2009 model year. The engine is rated at 185 hp with the stick shift and 180 hp with the CVT. Suzuki promises that a hybrid powertrain, which the company is codeveloping with GM, will become available "in the next year or two." Suzuki is also considering a V-6-powered Kizashi, and they went so far as to have a prototype Kizashi with the deceased XL7's V-6 available for us to drive at VIR. We think that the better solution to the Kizashi's perceived lack of power would be installing a turbocharged four-cylinder (think upsized VW GTI). It seems that a more lightweight turbo powertrain would nicely complement the Kizashi's well-balanced, tossable, and fun-to-drive character, while probably also offering better fuel economy than a six-cylinder engine. Are you listening, Suzuki?
2010 Suzuki Kizashi
2010 Suzuki Kizashi
The Kizashi, Suzuki's entry into the midsize sedan segment. It intends to offer a sporty driving dynamic as well as offering a good value or bang for the buck status that is lacking in many of the cars in this category. Due to its lower price, this may appeal to many perspective buyers who are put off by or simply unable to afford, the high price of entry into this category. For your money, you will still get some premium features. A dual zone climate control system, multi function steering wheel, and keyless ignition are all standard. On the higher trim levels power driver's seat and leather interior are available as well. The Kizashi maintains a sporty look, good driving dynamics, and a better overall interior quality that any Suzuki models in the past. The lack of a V-6 option keeps it from competing with the top end of the midsize sedan market, but it will still appeal to many who don't need the extra power.

The sole engine option is a 2.4 liter four cylinder good for 185 Hp and mated to either a 6 speed automatic or a CVT.
2010 Suzuki Kizashi Front Bumper
The Suzuki Kizashi, a smallish mid-size sedan from an automaker most Americans are barely aware of, is the very definition of an underdog. We nearly laughed out loud a year and a half ago when Suzuki reps spoke of the Kizashi as an Automobile of the Year contender. It turns out Suzuki had the last laugh. The Kizashi, although it did not earn an award at our annual All-Stars test, was easily the biggest surprise of the group for its impressive refinement and stunningly good driving dynamics. "The Kizashi was by far the best-handling front-wheel-drive car in the test, excepting the [2010 Automobile of the Year] Volkswagen GTI," proclaimed West Coast editor Jason Cammisa. We were intrigued enough that we decided to spend an entire year with a Kizashi to see if it really has what it takes to compete day in and day out with the big dogs in its segment.
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2010 Suzuki Kizashi Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
185 hp @ 6500rpm
170 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
100,000 miles / 84 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
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Recall Date
Suzuki Motor Of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Kizashi vehicles manufactured October 2009 through July 2012. In the affected vehicles, spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure.
Negative pressure could cause the fuel tank to crack resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Suzuki is in the process of notifying owners, and dealers will replace the evaporative canister vent line on the affected vehicles with a vent line that has a filter on the end. If the canister vent line is found to be obstructed by a spider web, the fuel tank will also be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on August 12, 2014. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's number for this recall is VG.
Potential Units Affected
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

Recall Date
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 SX4 vehicles manufactured July 16, 2009, to November 1, 2012, and 2010-2013 Kizashi vehicles manufactured October 13, 2009, to October 31, 2012. The shift selector can be moved out of the "Park" position without depressing the brake pedal.
If the shift selector is moved out of the "Park" position while the brake pedal is not depressed, the vehicle may unexpectedly roll, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shift selector assembly and inspect, and if necessary, replace the shift knob, free of charge. The recall began January 16, 2015. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-714-996-7040. Suzuki's number for this recall is VL.
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