2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS: Kizashi Hikui!
November 10, 2010
I'm not a tall guy. Maybe 5'8 on a good day. So I was surprised when I crashed my melon into the lip of the Kizashi's trunklid on two separate occasions while reaching in the trunk to grab or load stuff. Just one (er, two) of those times when your eyes and forehead take different routes. I'm accustomed to the space allowed by my Cherokee's liftgate, and even the cargo maw of the wife's 2005 Civic, which seems towering in retrospect.
Took some measurements and found that the lip of the Kizashi's trunklid is about 64 inches from the ground - prime collision plane for my frontal lobe. Also found that the decklid itself measures just 13.5 inches from back to front at the center. This stubby back end gives the Kizashi some of its design charm, and offers it a bit of distinction over every other Japanese midsize sedan.
But it's also a cranial biter and can induce immediate feelings of ill temper. Dig the little pulldown handle though, for those times when you wanna crawl in the trunk and make the world go away.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor