2011 Suzuki Kizashi

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 man trans

2011 suzuki kizashi Reviews and News

Audi Startled Smart
Earlier this week we previewed a few of the 2011 Super Bowl advertisements, but as the Big Game approaches even more of the ads are surfacing. Take a minute and enjoy some of the latest spots from Audi, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Suzuki, and Volkswagen.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Promo
We're nine months into our Suzuki Kizashi's yearlong test, but it took only a few hundred miles to figure out which automakers Suzuki is trying to emulate, with driving dynamics inspired by Mazda, an interior worthy of a Volkswagen, and Hyundai-like value (dual-zone climate control, passive entry, and keyless ignition are standard equipment). "With Mazda looking to move upmarket and Volkswagen now building watered-down cars for American buyers, there seems to be a niche that Suzuki can fill for buyers who want something outside of the mainstream," notes associate editor Eric Tingwall.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Front End
2010 Suzuki Kizashi Side View Passenger
After an absolutely dismal 2009, where two of America’s three domestic automakers declared bankruptcy, and someone finally pulled the plug on sales, 2010 could only get better right? Well, that was true for some automakers, classes, and particular vehicles; for others, 2010 was another year of struggling.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS Front Three Quarters
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
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS Front Three Quarters
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.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS Front Static
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.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS Right Turn Top View
Suzuki may dial in some chassis improvements to turn a run-of-the-mill Kizashi into a Sport model, but to me, the transformation is mostly cosmetic. The 18-inch wheels, bespoke sill trim, and tweaked lower front fascia help dress up an already attractive car, and the perforated leather seating does look classier than the hides used in our Four Seasons Kizashi SLS.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS Rear Three Quarters Static
Is it just me, or does this powertrain completely change the character of the Suzuki Kizashi? Our Four Seasons Kizashi, with its CVT and all-wheel drive, is a perfectly fine car, but I much prefer the front-wheel-drive, manual-transmission spec of this test car. I simply find it much more fun to drive. The Kizashi still isn't blisteringly fast, but the six-speed helps make the 2.4-liter engine much more tractable, and the gearbox's smooth action makes it quite a joy to stir. According to Suzuki's figures, the FWD stick-shift car is 0.9 second quicker to 60 mph (in 7.4 seconds total) and weighs less than the AWD CVT version.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS Side View Static Driver
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS Front Three Quarters Driver
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Some 50 United States Suzuki dealers may have just taken buyouts from the Japanese automaker, but company executives continue to say there are no plans to pull out of the market. Things are looking up for the Japanese automaker, which just sold a 19.9-percent stake to Volkswagen, with product integration between the two marques on the horizon.

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2011 Suzuki Kizashi Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
Horsepower:
185 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
170 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • 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
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 84 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
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.
Consequences
Negative pressure could cause the fuel tank to crack resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Remedy
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
19,249
Notes
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)
Summary
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.
Consequences
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.
Remedy
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.
Potential Units Affected
60,823
Notes
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.


NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good

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