2010 Suzuki Kizashi: Gauges Too Hard to Read
September 08, 2010
Earlier James blogged here that our 2010 Suzuki Kizashi had an attractive and sophisticated set of gauges. Although I like the look of this gauge pack, too, for some reason it just didn't work for me when I drove the Kizashi 4 days in a row.
To start, the speedometer is tough to read with precision when I'm traveling between 65 and 75 mph, as I often am. Reasons? There's not enough differentiation between all those little lines. Numbers are displayed only for every 20 mph. And said number markings are oriented along the circumference of the gauge (like on a watch) rather than positioned upright... Ford does this, too, and I've never liked it.
The Kizashi's fuel gauge also gets on my nerves. I know if the tank is full or empty, but what about half a tank or a quarter of a tank? I ended up selecting the "distance to empty" meter display within the trip computer and just monitored that.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 10,675 miles