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#102 of 227 Why the limited supply of Kisashi's
Oct 05, 2011 (1:56 pm)
Why is it that there is such a limited supply of 2011 Kisashis' at dealers? I am contemplating purchasing a Kisashi (test drove one recently), but in doing more local searches for one, I have found that every dealer within a 100 mile radius of me has perhaps an inventory of no more than three or four on hand. Is anyone else seeing this besides me? I realize the year is quickly coming to an end, but is it that suzuki simply builds a small number of Kizashi's thus far?
#103 of 227 Re: 2011 - Overall Car [belaircarguy]
Oct 07, 2011 (1:04 pm)
I have 39K miles now on a 2010 Kizashi 6 speed. I drove the CVT and the 6 speed (2 identical white models), and decided on the six speed. The tradeoff in power on the CVT was too much to bear.
I also was advised by the dealer to pay a few $$ extra to have the "brand new car" treated with this paint sealant they sold to protect it from chipping. The car is also white, so chips are not as obvious. So far no bad chipping.
So far so good with the car in performance as well.
Two complaints however
1 The fabric wears fast in the back seats (the kids drag car seats in and out)
2 The S base model tires were crappy and had to be tossed at 2k miles.
#104 of 227 Re: 2011 - Overall Car [belaircarguy]
Oct 08, 2011 (10:28 am)
Just bought a 2011 SE. I also am not a fan of the cvt so I test drove a manual in hopes that it would have a more sporty feel...it did not! It felt like a very cheap ride which was disappointing. I chose the AWD model instead and still don't like the cvt.
#105 of 227 Re: 2011 - Overall Car [pshaw05]
Oct 08, 2011 (5:57 pm)
Just curious...why did you buy the car if you don't like either transmission?
#106 of 227 Re: 2011 - Overall Car [gregg_vw]
Oct 08, 2011 (6:11 pm)
My thought exactly...why buy a car you with a tranny you didn't like? Crazy!
Oct 08, 2011 (9:48 pm)
you guys are right, why buy a car with a tranny you're unhappy with? Your credibility is in the pooper now with all of us interested in the Suzuki Kizashi. We don't trust you.
Oct 10, 2011 (3:37 am)
with the money spent on a new car why would you buy a new car with a tranny you didn't feel comfortable driving?
Oct 13, 2011 (9:33 am)
Motor Trend did an article on a long term red car and they seemed to really like it...a nice car that's off most folks radar. It looks to be a little larger compact car which drives a bit smaller. Sat in one at the Hyundai/Suzuki/Mitsu dealership and was quite impressed by the seat comfort and general layout of the dash. Probably should have the wife test one of these also since we'll be there anyways. Another one I like is the Mitsu Outlander Sport...the smaller one. Nice looks with an o k dash but have heard some negative things about the weird radio controls and the less than stellar mpg's. The extra ride height and the ability to just slide right over into the seat are big pluses for me. Will have to drive one to see how it moves.
#110 of 227 I test drove a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi...
Oct 15, 2011 (7:01 pm)
automatic tranny CVT in gunmetal grey and the car drove like a dream. I was really impressed with the car and may still buy one later.
2011 Suzuki Kizashi
All controls were intuitive and easy to use. The car just flattened bumps like they weren't there. Perhaps that section of Henderson, NV, was pretty flat but I did try and look for bumps just to check and the car did wonderfully.
Steering was precise without being "sticky" and prone to understeer wrought on with the resulting encumbent body throw. I loved the test drive and really didn't want to give the car back to them!
Like I say, I may very well buy one of these one day. Great midsize...oh and by the way-this is a true midsize car-one does feel like they're getting in to a larger car than a compact.
Suzuki should feel proud of theirselves with this car, it is truly the best midsize car. I would call the Ford Fusion a pretty close #2 and if one of those came along that was possessing a price/option package I liked it wouldn't take much to make me bite on one of those, carnuts.
#111 of 227 Re: Good Write Up [sandman_6472]
Oct 18, 2011 (2:44 pm)
The Outlander Sport is not rated as well as the Outlander. If you are looking at this size vehicle, at least consider driving a Kia Sportage (or Soul if you want better mileage) or Hyundai Tucson (or Veloster). They are well-styled, well-priced, well-rated, and get better mileage than Mitsubishi. That said, what is the problem with sliding into the Suzuki? The car is solid, quiet and handles really well. Extra ride height usually also means less good handling, so you will be driving more like an old person...braking on corners that really don't need braking, etc. The Kizashi just zips along.