2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS: Steering Wheel Fundamentals Strong
October 07, 2010
Considering the automobile has been around for 125 years or so, you'd think steering wheels would be a fairly sorted device. Yet manufacturers still manage to mess them up (see "2010 Camaro").
This here longterm 2010 Suzuki Kizashi longtermer, though, nails the steering wheel basics consistently well. That's notable for its rarity. Jump for the details.
I didn't whip out a tape measure but I'd bet that the Zook's wheel is a bit smaller in overall diameter than those typically found in midsize sedans. This gets a big thumbs up from me, as it feels tidy and right-sized.
Its leather wrap has a quality feel; neither slippy nor sticky.
The spoke-to-rim interfaces at 9 and 3 appear to have been designed by somebody whom has actually used a steering wheel -- there are gentle 'ramps' upon which your thumbs rest perfectly.
Plus, it's angled just right. I've found that Nissan wheels, for example, tend to be too vertical for my tastes.
Yeah, I could nitpick the layout of the secondary controls on the wheel. But for now I just wanted to give Mr/Ms Kizashi Steering Wheel Designer some props for getting these basics really right.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor