2010 Suzuki Kizashi Long-Term Road Test

2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS: Love for the Seats, not Bluetooth

November 16, 2010


Several of my colleagues have already noted that the seats in the Kizashi are quite good, with decent lateral and thigh support, as well as pleasant fabric coverings. I'd like to add yet another tick mark to the "plus" column in regard to the seat cushion adjustment.

Usually, if a seat cushion angle can be adjusted, it tilts the whole seat back. In a few cars, like the Kizashi, the seat bottom tilts independently of the rest of the seat. I prefer this because when I need a little more support under my legs, I don't have to re-adjust the seatback rake. I know, it's not that big of a deal, but its little touches like this that keeps the Kizashi near and dear to me.

But the Bluetooth streaming audio is giving me problems. I haven't been in the Kizashi in a while, so I assumed I'd have to pair my iPhone to the stereo again. Not so. My device was still in the system, but I had to shuffle through a whole bunch of voice-activated menus to re-connect. Then, I had to go into my iPhone's settings to complete the process. When I was finally able to play music again, I had completed just as many steps as I did when I first paired it to the system.

This morning, I figured I could just hop in and start listening. Nope. I had to go through the whole process again. Strange, I thought, because when I had it for a weekend not too long ago, I didn't have to go through all of this. Next time, I'll make sure to bring my iPhone cable.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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