Code Name Kardashian - 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Long-Term Road Test

2010 Suzuki Kizashi Long-Term Road Test

2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS: Code Name Kardashian

February 09, 2011

Kardashian Coin Op.jpg

It must be a trend -- parental types being carted around in our Kizashi. My in-laws have been in town, and last night, we went out for Japanese food (at a restaurant whose neighbors are a medical marijuana clinic and the lovely coin-op laundry you see above).

The outing gave me a chance to see how the Kizashi suits passengers in their 70s with two very different physical profiles. My mother-in-law is a slight woman with mobility issues. With the usual help, she had little trouble getting in and out of the back seat. My father-in-law is a big boy -- as he'll be the first to admit. He overflowed the passenger seat a bit, groused about the dash nudging his knees and took a few pokes in the side as I shifted. Like I said, he's a big fella and I don't think this would be a great car for him. But it clearly intrigued him.

Before we got in, he peered at the car from our front door. "What is that again?"

"It's a Suzuki Kizashi," I said.

Maybe I mumbled, because his eyebrows shot up. "A Kardashian?"

We fell out laughing and made some jokes in questionable taste about trunk size. And for the rest of the night, we called it the Kardashian (or Car-dashian, if you prefer). Suzuki marketers and actual Kardashians, take note.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @18,568 miles

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