2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS: Nice Wheel
April 26, 2010
Most long-term cars' blogs are filled with criticism. Yet, the more we drive our new Kizashi, the more we're finding things we like about it. I think Jay was a little too critical of the throttle, but otherwise, it's been a love fest. We've already commented on its nice paint, ample trunk space, good seats, the quality of its ride, and now the steering wheel deserves some praise, as well.
The leather is supple and the diameter of the wheel is appropriate. My hands fall naturally into the 9-3 position with my thumbs comfortably anchored on the spokes. What's more, not only are the standard audio and cruise control buttons/toggles in just the right places, their combination of rubber and metallic construction make them feel substantial, they snap back smartly, and function on the first push. Unlike the universally hated Camaro steering wheel, this is an example of "how to do it right." It's hard to believe this is a sub-$25K automobile.
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 3,910 miles