February 17, 2011
Over the weekend, my daughter and I had a mission: learn to ride her bicycle "like a big girl" without training wheels. It's a big day in every child's life. I remember the day I learned as clearly as if it were yesterday.
There's a giant parking lot at the nearby courthouse where most of the neighborhood children make that leap from terror to triumph. And that's where we needed to go, but we needed to get her bicycle there--in the trunk of the Kizashi. Would it fit?
Of course it did. Not that the Kizashi has a particularly voluminous trunk, but it is tall from floor to the underside of the lid which helps.
January 18, 2011
It's not easy to find something to whine about with the Kizashi. As you've witnessed, we think it's crimally overlooked and one heck of a good car for the money. And I'll admit, I'm a lover, too. This is a darned fine car.
But I did find this. You see, I'm a guy who likes to shove bikes into cars.
November 10, 2010
I'm not a tall guy. Maybe 5'8 on a good day. So I was surprised when I crashed my melon into the lip of the Kizashi's trunklid on two separate occasions while reaching in the trunk to grab or load stuff. Just one (er, two) of those times when your eyes and forehead take different routes. I'm accustomed to the space allowed by my Cherokee's liftgate, and even the cargo maw of the wife's 2005 Civic, which seems towering in retrospect.
Took some measurements and found that the lip of the Kizashi's trunklid is about 64 inches from the ground - prime collision plane for my frontal lobe. Also found that the decklid itself measures just 13.5 inches from back to front at the center. This stubby back end gives the Kizashi some of its design charm, and offers it a bit of distinction over every other Japanese midsize sedan.
But it's also a cranial biter and can induce immediate feelings of ill temper. Dig the little pulldown handle though, for those times when you wanna crawl in the trunk and make the world go away.
October 11, 2010
Surprisingly the answer to my daughter's question is yes. I just dropped the larger side of the Kizashi's 60/40 folding rear seat and the ladder slid in easily, I still had room for three inside, and I could close the trunk lid. Cool.
September 13, 2010
Our long-term 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS has both a 60/40 folding rear sear and a trunk pass-thru.
When I worked at a major carmaker, the question that came up then is one that I will pose today: is it necessary to have both a folding rear seat and a trunk pass-thru?
Of course it's nice to have both, but under what scenario would a trunk pass-thru be useful in lieu of folding seats? Certainly if the seats were fixed, a trunk pass-thru would be useful.
The only situation I can think of for a pass-thru is if you had 4 people in the car and some long 2x4s or skis residing in the trunk, an somewhat unlikely occurrence. And if you did that a lot, wouldn't you also/instead have an SUV or pickup truck?
Is there another scenario I'm missing?
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 10,800 miles
August 31, 2010
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 10,317 miles
July 26, 2010
Made a trip to the grocery store on Sunday morning, and as I loaded my bags into the Suzuki Kizashi's trunk, I bumped my head twice on the edge of the raised trunk lid.
There were 10 bags, none of them very full, so it's not like I was reaching deep into the Kizashi's inner cavern. I was just basically standing at the bumper setting bags along the edge. (Carefully, since the Suzuki is sans cargo net).
After I whacked my crown the second time, I got a little annoyed.
Does the trunk lid stop at a weird angle, or at 5' 7" am I just the perfect height for a cargo-loading head injury?
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 8,363 miles
April 07, 2010
That Easter visit I wrote about yesterday was actually for a few days, so I had the Kizashi loaded up with stuff. You can kind of see the loaded trunk in that first photo, but here's a close-up. The Kizashi's trunk is listed at 13.3 cubic feet, which is 2 or 3 cubes smaller than the norm. Even so, I was pretty impressed with what I could fit in here, with the trunk being sufficiently wide and tall enough for most items. The only problem I encountered was the trunk hinges, which do take up space when you close the trunk lid.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
March 26, 2010
To get more distance off the tee I bought a long-shafted driver which I usually need to take out of my golf bag and put in diagonally to fit in a car trunk. Not the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS, which not only swallowed the whole bag but the wide opening made it easy to slide it in place.
The clubs were along for the 75-mile drive to San Diego for a golf tournament. I was looking forward to seeing what the car felt like on the open road and found it to be very stable at high speeds. The cabin is well insulated both for noise and vibration. And on the freeway, the visibility for lane changing is excellent.
I was hoping to crack 30 mpg on the open road. The fuel economy gauge was reading 30 mpg but when I filled up and did it the old fashioned way, I got only 28.2 mpg over about 190 miles of driving.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 2,310 miles