Picked up a new Kizashi SE AWD recently, and was very impressed with all the features, but what really got me was the solidity of the chassis and the road-holding.
This car feels as if it was carved out of a block of marble: the ride is Euro-firm, but never uncomfortable, and soaks up big bumps amazingly well.
It seems to have endless cornering grip: virtually no trace of understeer.
The interior is a cut above cars in this price range, with lots of nice soft-touch materials, tight fits, and excellent room for a big-and tall driver and passenger.
It's quiet except during hard acceleration, but what engine noise there is sounds pretty sporty to me.
Lots of content for the money, too!
This car feels like a cross between the old Jetta (not that new piece of junk) and the Passat, with greater interior width than a Jetta.
It has a very Germanic feel to it, even if the steering feel isn't quite as good as a Volkswagen, the overall handling is excellent.
Wow, what features, too: An terrific dual automatic climate control, with an EXCELLENT heater, very firm and comfortable seats: I am 350 lbs and don't bottom them out.
A very good radio system with good sound, large-easy-to-use controls
and a display big enough to see with middle-aged eyes.
The 3-memory power drivers seat driver's seat is a welcome touch.
The controls are clear and simple to use.
I haven't had a chance to try out the All-Wheel -Drive in bad weather, but I like the fact that it can be disengaged when not needed: as I'm sure that it saves gas.
The one serious omission is BLUETOOTH!
The USB connector in the console isn't a replacement for true hands-free driving.
Suzuki didn't make BLUETOOTH easy to retrofit, either.
I'd prefer that fog lights be made standard on the SE, too
My biggest gripe is that Suzuki seems to have hidden this car under a rock!
It's the best car that you have never heard of!
Admittedly, it's not for everybody: it's not Toyota-soft, or GM floaty, but it is super-reliable and lots more fun to drive than other Japanese sedans under $30K