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Suzuki Kizashi, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#18 of 217 Here's a shot of a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi...
Feb 07, 2010 (9:16 pm)
in Vivid Red. Decent pic if I must say so myself.
Yeah, I am getting hooked on the "Jetta-like" look the new Kizashi portrays from the front there. The more I read about this new Suzuki the more I like. There's just no need to trade in a nearly new car for a brand new car right now, is there?
This car has what I'd call an elegant but sporty look to it. It just screams at me "take me for a spin and push me in to the turns as hard as you'd like!"
Humm...iluvmysephia1...you already have a car like that, remember?
#19 of 217 Some crash test results for the new 2010 Suzuki...
Mar 01, 2010 (12:50 am)
Kizashi. Not too shabby so far for these tests.
NHTSA Crash Test Driver5 stars
NHTSA Crash Test Passenger5 stars
NHTSA Crash Test Side Front5 stars
NHTSA Crash Test Side Rear5 stars
NHTSA Rollover4 stars
IIHS OffsetNot tested
The wheels on the GTS model I'm interested in are listed as 18.0 X 8.0 in. painted alloys. They're shown on the Kizashi below. Nice! I feel the painted alloys, with their bright and shiny metallic glow, look great against the silvery finish of Suzuki's Kizashi metallic silver. Which brings up the subject of the Kizashi's main exterior color. I am starting to favor metallic silver over the two available red color offerings, too, for my...ummm...I mean somebody's Kizashi for 2010. Suzuki names this color Platinum Silver Metallic. It is now my front-running color for this car.
#20 of 217 Re: Some crash test results for the new 2010 Suzuki... [iluvmysephia1]
Mar 02, 2010 (8:27 pm)
It is completely stupid that the Kizashi gets different mpg based on wheel size. What other company rates mpg differently for a 16" v. 17" wheel? Weird.
#21 of 217 That doesn't really matter to me...
Mar 08, 2010 (10:00 pm)
as far as liking the Kizashi's design. Car companies are good to catch in this situation. They are trying hard, just like the car company I bought from, Mitsubishi. And good Warranties can be had, too.
gregg vw-have you read the reviews on Edmunds from people who've already bought Kizashi's? Pretty solid ratings so far. Great handling, steering, stereo, etc.
You've got a SX-4, how is it doing right now? Running like a champ, yes?
I'm digging the Platinum Metallic Silver with those nice painted alloys. Sweet.
$23,244 for a loaded Suzuki Kizashi GTS in 6-speed tranny form, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, foglights, 425-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo, etc. That's a pretty good deal. It's cars like this that are making me think twice about going electric for my next car.
Look at those cool headlights and foglights. The foglights are a bigger diameter than my Lancer's foglights.
#22 of 217 Re: That doesn't really matter to me... [iluvmysephia1]
Mar 09, 2010 (7:12 am)
I like the Kizashi, but it comes up short in a few areas when compared to the 2011 Sonata. Gas mileage especially has me puzzled. If you get the good wheels, the Kizashi mpg actually goes down. Sonata rates all its wheel sizes the same. What is up with that?
My SX4 AWD runs great. However, why does a AWD Legacy or Outback get better mileage? Suzuki sales will never take off as long as their models have run-of-the-mill mpg ratings.
Mar 13, 2010 (8:56 pm)
good points. I went to a Suzuki dealership in west Phoenix (Avondale) yesterday while my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS was getting a detailing done and a L-O-F. Ya know, it was a blue Kizashi and a white one, and I didn't really like either of them.
But to be honest and fair, I need to see a Kizashi in Vivid Red and Platinum Silver Metallic. Then I'll know for sure. I am weird about colors. They define a car for me. And I know there's something to it. My 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS is so good looking that it makes me feel ashamed for looking at younger women.
Know what I might mean there? The '08 Lancer GTS looks so good and I really love it in Rally Red. Mitsubishi got it down so well with the Lancer GTS. I'm so glad I got the GTS with it's bodycladding and foglights and Rockford Fosgate stereo a 'pumpin'.
Don't know about the mpg with Suzuki. However, I remain enchanted with their new Kizashi and I think that I can get 30mpg anyway on the highway with the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS in 6-speed form. Foghat and The Tragically Hip will sound great on the 425-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo, too, I am sure of it.
I am close to trading the '08 Lancer GTS in on a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. But not totally sure I will do it. I'll keep y'all posted at any rate. Right now it's all fluid, baby.
That Kizashi looks to be the gunmetal grey. Looks pretty hot in that shade as well. Crikey, this baby is only getting hotter to me every time I look at it. I'm gonna have ta buy one. I will wear the Suzuki 'S' proudly. If they bargain well with me, that is.
#24 of 217 Re: greggvw... [iluvmysephia1]
Mar 14, 2010 (7:10 am)
They will bargain with you or they won't make a sale. Suzuki sales are way down, and thus far, the Kizashi is not turning that around. They don't have many models to begin with. The Equator is a Nissan truck that doesn't sell that well as a Nissan. The Grand Vitara is greatly in need of a redesign. The SX4 models (I have one) are good cars, but the design is getting old, and even with the mpg improvements this past year, it is still at the back of the pack. The Kizashi is well-styled (though a bit conservative) and well-equipped for the money. But in a comparison of mid-size sedans in the real world, it got the poorest mpg and road noise, though subdued, was greater than in the other cars (Camry, Fusion, Mazda6, Altima, Malibu, Legacy). It is of course more nimble than cars like the Camry, but you give up some space too.
It is very odd that the smallest car gets the poorest mileage. One claim to fame went away immediately: Kizashi having the highest hp in its class. That was only with the manual transmission anyway (the GM engine has 182 hp), and now both the 2011 Sonata and Optima trump it by going to 200 hp...with better mpg.
I really don't think Suzuki will be a contender until VW starts lending a hand. Without VW, it would go the way of Isuzu in this country. It really is too bad they have had so little understanding of the American market. They have the Indian market sewn up.
Mar 14, 2010 (11:56 am)
great points on the Kizashi. I appreicate them. Yeah, the salesman for Suzuki came over from the Kia lot next door. Not much action going on at either one, really.
He told me that Suzuki makes so much money in motorcycles and marine (really, marine? I thought they were the motorcycle kings of Japan?) that they don't really need the automotive sales. He told me they don't care...then recanted and said they care, but don't need the sales.
I knew what he meant, anyway. I remain interested in the car but my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS is such a good car that it is making it hard to trade it in. I'll let ya know what happens. I could probably get a really good deal on the Kizashi right now because they're probably not selling very well. I know I haven't seen one in either Tucson or Phoenix.
I'm driving up to Phoenix again today so I'll keep my eyes peeled for one. Going by internet technical data and reviews I've read from new owners the car is being well appreciated by early buyers. One reviewer that bought a 6-speed says that it handles great, steers aptly and his Kizashi shifts better than his Audi 3's shifter/clutch mechanism does. That is saying something. I will need to drive one to really tell, though.
They are saying that it does not eminate a lot of road noise, too. However, that type of detail can be subjective, because of the type of car people are coming out of.
There's only two Suzuki dealers in the state of Arizona. One in Phoenix and one in Tucson. I don't think they're going to pull out of the U.S. market. Just yet, anyway.
Mar 17, 2010 (7:41 pm)
a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS in pearl black color and an automatic transmission. Nice interior, switches for the heater/AC were a little confusing. Stereo switchgear was intuitive and worked well. The car steered and handled very well. Quite impressive on all counts, really.
The car took bumps in stride, it made larger bumps seem like little blips as you went over them. I wanted to drive a manual tranny Kizashi but the dealership I went to in Henderson, NV, didn't have any manual trannied Kizashi's out on the lot. They did have a Vivid Red one in the showroom.
Negotiations didn't go well, in other words, they lowballed me on my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS trade-in and wouldn't budge. They wouldn't take under MSRP so I walked. They took a few hundred dollars off but it wasn't enough and I just left with my Lancer GTS. I'm happy just keeping my Lancer GTS. It really is a great car and I think it looks hotter than the Kizashi, too.
I might've bargained keener if I had driven the manual tranny Kizashi. I still like the car and will keep it in mind for later.
#27 of 217 Re: I test drove... [iluvmysephia1]
Mar 17, 2010 (8:55 pm)
good for you for walking...it is just a car, and you already have a good one. plus, have they seen for example the 2011 Kia Optima that will cost no more, but will offer more hp, room and style? methinks they will be dealing with you soon to your liking...or Kizashi will become another also ran that coulda been a contenda