2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS: Topping Off the Oil
December 29, 2010
We happened to check the oil when our long-term 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS hit the 15,000-mile mark. Right away, I took a shine to the Kizashi's under-hood packaging: There's the dipstick right out in front (and partially extracted so you can see it better) and I didn't have to dig around hot engine components to reach it.
The oil registered below the marked halfway point on the dipstick, so we surmised that it was a 1/4 to 1/3 of a quart low. A quick check of the owner's manual shows that the Kizashi will take any old kind of 5W30 so long as the bottle carries the American Petroleum Institute starburst. Easy enough, we already had a partial bottle on-hand in the supply closet.
Adding oil couldn't be any easier. Good packaging lets the Kizashi owner slide the bottle right in, and there's absolutely no need for a funnel. I didn't slop a bit of the 1/4-quart or so of oil that I added -- which I believe is a first for all my funnel-less oil top-offs over the years.
These are minor details, but I take them as yet more evidence that the people who engineered the Suzuki Kizashi really paid attention to all the small stuff -- and these are the kind of things that make a car endearing as months and years go by.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 15,050 miles