2012 Suzuki Kizashi Sport GTS
(2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 3/16/2010 (2010 GTS manual)
With an 8.4-second run to 60, the Suzuki Kizashi isn't winning many drag races, but its slick shifter and lively engine make the trip tolerable. Handling is fun in a very taut, German way. It's clear that Suzuki benchmarked the Jetta here.
What the Suzuki Kizashi gives up in ride, it makes up for with predictable, trustworthy road manners. Not so much a canyon carver, as a sedan that feels secure regardless of which way the road twists. Handles freeway speeds like a large car.
The Kizashi's suspension is firm, not wallowy and that could be a problem for drivers hoping for something quieter and less responsive to road imperfections.
Wind noise is minimal, but tire and engine noise are noticeable.
Sometimes odd groupings of buttons and knobs for stereo/HVAC can be confusing, but steering wheel, shifter, levers and important switches are aligned well for the driver.
Rear visibility is acceptable, though like all vehicles, the C-pillar is a sticky point. No aids available to increase awareness.
Seat Access & Space
The Kizashi features a wide door opening and an easy-to-access seat. Once in, however, the space can be tight and taller drivers would appreciate more headroom. Tilt/telescoping wheel is nice.
Cargo & Storage
Storage space is merely acceptable with a small trunk and limited in-car storage spots.
Build quality is tight with no obvious defects or flaws. Materials are on the lower end of average, but there's nothing patently offensive here.