2010 Suzuki Kizashi: Liking the Keyless Ignition/Entry
April 09, 2010
As Al's post from a few weeks ago noted, all 2010 Suzuki Kizashis come standard with keyless ignition/entry (Suzuki's "SmartPass"). We've had it on a few long-term cars over the years, and I continually find it a useful and desirable feature. With it, there's no more fumbling for a set of keys or trying to dig them out of your pocket when your hands are full of stuff.
One nice thing I like about the Kizashi is that since SmartPass is standard, Suzuki was able to design the interior specifically for a clean look. It makes me think of the contrast presented by our departed Mazda 6, which had optional keyless ignition/entry but was fitted with a plastic blank where the normal key ignition would go and a tacked-on push-button start in the lower center console. Also, if you don't like keeping the Suzuki's key in your pocket, there's a small storage slot on the left side of the steering wheel that works pretty well for storing the key.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor