2011 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki seems to use the philosophy “if it works, do it again.” On the market today you will find the Suzuki Kizashi, which looks very familiar to the 2010 version. The only thing that Suzuki appears to have done is give the 2011 model some new sporty variants. If you read a review on the 2010 model, then a review on the 2011 model, you will see that have been no major changes.
The Suzuki Kizashi was unveiled in the United States in 2009. In 2009 it went on sale in North America and Japan, and in 2010 it went on sale in Australia and New Zealand. The Suzuki Kizashi was the first mid-size car sold in Australia by Suzuki. In 2011, it is set to go on sale in India. Kizashi, in Japanese, means “omen” or “warning”.
The 201 Suzuki Kizashi is a midsize sedan with your choice of all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive in the SE, S, Sport SLS, and Sport GTS trim levels. The Sport SLS and the Sport GTS trim levels are what are new in 2011.
• All models have a 2-4 liter 4-cylinder engine.
• 6-speed manual transmission produces 185 horsepower.
• A continuously variable transmission (CVT) produces 180 horsepower. A CTV behaves much like an automatic.
• Manual transmission available on the front-drive GTS, S, and SLS. CVT optional on these models.
• CVT standard on all-wheel-drive vehicles.
• Dual-zone automatic climate control
• A 10-way power driver seat that has three position memories, which are standard on all but the S.
• Electric seating controls.
• Seats provide excellent lumbar support
• Leather upholstery or cloth.
• Heated front seats
• Lowered sport suspension, unique exterior and interior trim, and specific alloy wheels on Sport GTS and Sport SLS
• SLS has 18” alloy wheels
• Rain sensing wipers, back-up radar, auto-dimming rear-view mirror,
• Cruise control.
• A 425-watt audio system with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth capability
Safety Features in 2011 Suzuki Kizashi
• Traction control
• Antiskid system
• Air bags on the curtain side, front, and rear seat belts
• Keyless engine start
• Rear-obstacle defection exclusive for SLS.
According to the Consumer Guide Automotive each vehicle is placed into one of 18 classes. These classes are based on price, market value, and size. The heart of the U.S. car market is represented by the midsize car. Most of these midsize cars are conservatively designed, family-oriented, and price-sensitive wagons and sedans. The Manufactures Retail Selling Price (MRSP) ranges from $18,999-$27,149 and the invoice prices range from $18,239-$26,063.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Pros
• Available all-wheel drive
• Handling and road holding
• A stylish ride
• Good values
• Great warranties
• Ample trunk room
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Cons
• Engine Noise
• Not an image enhancer like a Mercedes or BMW
• May come with some image baggage.
• This vehicle sits low so the driver has to be careful not to hit the pavement.
Their road test includes a full evaluation of the vehicle from the inside out. They evaluate the engine, handling performance, cargo space, and interior cabin, to name a few.
The safety and specs include detailed information on everything from seating capacity to fuel mileage. The manufacturer warranty information and crash tests scores are also included.
The Suzuki Kizashi has a sporty style with a front grill that resembles an Audi’s grill and large twin flattish chromed exhaust outlets.
The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi gets an average of 20 mph in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission. On the CVT it gets an average of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. If you want a sporty mid-size car that is fuel efficient. The Suzuki Kizashi is a great buy with many features that makes it a great car for the price.