2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS -- Refinement on a Budget
March 23, 2010
Years ago, I wrote a road test about the 2004 Suzuki Verona and I remember thinking that, while everything was perfectly fine, this car offered no excitement. Flash forward to the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS. I liked this car right away -- not so much for the excitement factor but for its remarkable refinement.
My personal car is a 2007 Honda Fit and I'm always amazed at how smoothly it idles -- you almost have to look at the tachometer to see if it's running. The Kizashi's inline-4 cylinder, 185-horsepower engine is similar; even as you accelerate through the gears, it's so well balanced that there is almost a complete lack of vibration. This communicates a sense of ease to the driver that's very enjoyable.
I didn't get a chance to push this car at all (though a trip to San Diego is in the near future) so I can't comment on the handling except to say that the steering is reasonably communicative and the car seems to invite the driver to toss it into a corner.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 2,010 miles