The Right Size for a Midsize - 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Long-Term Road Test

2010 Suzuki Kizashi Long-Term Road Test

2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS: The Right Size for a Midsize

September 27, 2010

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"Supersize it", that seems to be the battle cry of the American consumer. We live in a land where bigger is always better, right? Not for me, not if we're talking about midsize sedans. In fact, according to the EPA some cars we think of as midsize are actually officially fullsize, such as the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata. I'm not sure why the Mazda 6 isn't in there...must've missed making it by a cubic inch or two. Most cars the Kizashi is compared to are anywhere from 7 to 11 inches longer.

With the Suzook, I just feel that I'm not toting around any more car than I need. The Kizashi seems a proper midsize car, with passenger and cargo room that should be ample for most folks most of the time. Yet at 35.6 inches -- about the same as in an Altima -- the Kizashi's rear legroom measures an inch greater than the Sonata's. And the seat is done right. Transporting a few folks back there over the weekend bore out how comfortable it is, with a high, full cushion that provides proper leg support and a wide, fold-down center armrest that's up high enough so one needn't slump when using it.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 11,225 miles

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