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Suzuki Kizashi, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#43 of 226 Re: Hey.... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 11, 2010 (7:34 am)
The Kizashi is a good car, but will have a tough road ahead. Suzuki doesn't have many dealerships, relatively speaking. Few Suzuki models are sold here. The Kizashi will be going up against not only good products already well established, but models like the 2011 Kia Optima, which some will find better looking, not to mention its greater hp and mpg for about the same money. It is also apparently a good handler for a front driver, like the Kizashi. Then there is the 2011 Buick Regal. This process will go on and on. Suzuki will not stem this tide, with just one model offering just one powertrain. But a small number will certainly find the Kizashi to be the ticket for them.
#44 of 226 Re: Hey.... [gregg_vw]
Apr 11, 2010 (2:44 pm)
I cannot believe that I am about to defend Suzuki. Suzuki has never been mainstream in the US like Honda, VW, Ford, Toyota, Buick, and even Kia. And that's ok. Suzuki is a much bigger venture worldwide than most Americans realize. All this fretting about a limited dealership network is more or less American Suzuki's decision---they bought out many underperforming, less desirable dealerships. No doubt the Kizashi will be tweaked and refined in coming years. However, Kizashi is very nice like it is now. I think it a bit premature to pronounce American Suzuki as lackluster. It is just getting warmed up. The best thing Suzuki ever did was to sever ties with GM. GM was slowly suffocating American Suzuki with the ubiquitous GM policy of rebadging everything. Suzuki is going to introduce its incredibly popular Swift (next generation) this year or the next in the US. Im sure other models will follow as time goes on. After having driven Fords, GMC trucks, VWs, Saabs, and Mercedes, I am now unashamedly proud to say i drive a Suzuki Kizashi. I encourage everyone, including all those vocal skeptics out there, at least to go test drive a Kizashi. It shocked the heck out of me..and probably will surprise you as well.
#45 of 226 Re: Hey.... [stapletondoc]
Apr 11, 2010 (5:06 pm)
All your points are well-taken. I have been to India many times. Suzuki absolutely dominates there, as well as in other places. But for whatever reason (lack of product is certainly one), they have not been able to gain a foothold here in the US. The very good Kizashi is unlikely to change that. It does get good reviews and comes in mid-pack or better in the comparison tests that have been done to date. It is a good choice for anyone who wants some "sport" with their mid-sizer. But its advertised "best in class" hp was bested in a matter of weeks by Hyundai, and it is already behind in the in-car technology race. It is one good model, and there is nothing else in the Suzuki pipeline right now, other than plans to bring the next generation Swift here. But when the new Swift arrives, the market here will already be flooded with that size car from Ford, Chevrolet, Mazda, Nissan, Chrysler-Fiat, etc., 2011 and 2012 models that are completely new and promising much.
The Equator (a Nissan) is unlikely to do anything in the marketplace. The Grand Vitara is not selling much. The only other models are from the SX4 family, one of which I have, and I like it a lot. But if I were shopping today, I'd be less likely to pick one up, given new competition that was not there in 2008. SX4 sales have almost collapsed, and they were hardly hot two years ago.
The VW connection should help, once some sharing gets underway. A little cross-pollination from one of the fastest growing companies worldwide will not hurt at all. Meanwhile, I still may buy a Kizashi. But it will be closely compared with several 2011 models first.
#46 of 226 Re: Hey.... [gregg_vw]
Apr 11, 2010 (7:12 pm)
I completely understand and agree with the points you have made. I owned a 2009 SX4 AWD touring crossover for 9 months (was not a fan of its automatic transmission)...now have a 2010 Kizashi SLS AWD. I guess I am just hoping with somewhat baited breath that perceptions about Suzuki will change over time and that US will see what value can found in Suzuki. If only Suzuki would be extremely aggressive with advertising, brand recognition, etc.
Apr 11, 2010 (7:58 pm)
I found me a dealer in East Wichita that is selling my 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS for only $21,998. That includes the foglights, leather steering wheel and gearknob, sunroof, 425-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo, 6-speed transmission, 10-way adjustable driver's seat and safety through the year 2014. Suzuki tuned this car's suspension and tweaked it's engine testing on the famed Autobahn. This is one awesome car and although I now own an awesome car, a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, this car just seems to be stuck within me, refusing to unsnag and float downstream.
It is the No.1selling Suzuki store in the nation, Wichita East, that is selling this '10 Kizashi GTS for only $21,998. If I get a job in Nebraska I am about to be phone-interviewed for, I will live only 212 miles from the Wichita East Suzuki store. Check out this Kizashi GTS for a moment.
The turn signal orange indicators up above and the side of the foglights are on the regular Kizashi GTS model, not just the new Sport. I thought they arrived with the new Sport. I learned that today. Also, the black strip along the top of the grill, jus below the hoodline, is on the regular Kizashi GTS.
In other words, there's no real reason for me to wait for the Kizashi Sport, that will come in August of 2010! This is my car, waiting in Wichita for me! Can't pay cash for it, can I get a loan, though? I'm not so sure. Maybe I'd better sit tight with my '08 Lancer GTS.
#48 of 226 For anyone that is continuing to follow...
Apr 13, 2010 (2:30 pm)
my pursuit of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi let me just say this about that. I'm still interested in the car as all get out. However, this is not the right time to trade in for one. I am in the process of switching Allied Health Respiratory Care/Sleep Medicine jobs, and things are pretty fluid right now with my wife and I.
So, for now, and the foreseeable future, we are just gonna dig the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS to the full. It's a great car and who knows we may not trade it in for another car for many, many moon.
Apr 14, 2010 (2:51 pm)
have I mentioned lately how much I like the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS and/or the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport in white?
This may be only the second white car I have ever bought, though my wife would pick Vivid Red. The first white car was a 1966 Ford Fairlane. We used to call it old Smokey, smoke came off the motor and in to the car's cabin.
The above-pictured 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS is now going for $22,879. Plus, there is a $500 rebate available, for a total price of now $22,379. That is about $381 more than the price they last had on there when I checked(no-I'm not obsessing on this car at all~not me ). That would've been just a couple of days ago. Really, the price they had this Kizashi listed for, $21,998, was too low! That's the latest, I'd be lookin' at a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS in Platinum Silver Metallic and 6-speeds for only $22,379.
A flaming bargain, friends, for what you get.
Trust me, buddies, I'm a friendly Respiratory Therapist and Sleep Technologist.
#50 of 226 Re: For anyone that is continuing to follow... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 16, 2010 (10:13 am)
You sound a little manic as well!
Suzuki is in no position to be raising prices on a car that is not yet selling well. Granted, it is a great car, but it is going up against some of the best iron that has ever been out there. The Legacy, the 2011 Sonata (great engine!), the 2011 Regal, the soon-to-be-released 2011 Optima (nice!!!), as well as the very good Fusion, the Altima, Accord and even the Chevy Malibu. The Camry will soon be redesigned. Suzuki cannot sit on any of its laurels, and price increases at this point are odd at best.
Apr 16, 2010 (11:38 am)
that was Wichita East Suzuki raising the price of that 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS from $21,998 to $22,879. It wasn't Suzuki Motors of Japan raising Kizashi prices.
Remember, I'm ga-ga over this car so I'm focusing intently on it. I am watching it's prices like a hawk 'cause I'd like to purchase one.
#52 of 226 Re: gregg vw... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 16, 2010 (5:10 pm)