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#69 of 217 My 2010 Suzuki Kizashi wins...
May 22, 2010 (10:11 am)
Auto Pacific's 2010 Customer Satisfaction award, along with the Lincloln MKT. I still love this car and if I didn't love our 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS so much I may have and drive a Kizashi as I type this post out. Great news for Suzuki and their dealership experience is now mid-pack among carmakers.
This is indeed good news for Suzuki, as the brand has been facing dealership service issues in recent years. In the latest J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI), an annual measure of dealer service performance over three years of ownership, the automaker ranked at the bottom, among all brands. But Suzuki has made gains in Power's Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) and now ranks mid-pack—an indicator that the automaker has made some substantial changes at the dealership level.
The 2010 Lincoln MKT was the highest-rated vehicle among trucks and SUVs in AutoPacific's annual satisfaction measure.
Vehicles are rated in 48 different categories that pertain to various areas of the ownership experience, and overall results are based on the research firm's polling of more than 42,000 new-vehicle owners during the first few months of ownership.
#70 of 217 disappointing Suzuki
Aug 10, 2010 (9:30 am)
We purchased our 2010 Kizashi in February with the assurance Suzuki is making a big sales effort in the U.S.. Not true! They are actually pulling back and now, at least in Mass., it's difficult to get to a dealer for service. And there already two recalls. They have let us down with no support. The Fosgate radio has static on most stations. And has been mentioned in other entries, the paint chips easily.
#71 of 217 Damned by faint praise . . . and rightfully so!
Aug 29, 2010 (12:23 am)
The car is a loser for a number of reasons including this damnable CVT!
Get yourself a car with a discreet geared conventional transmission while you still can before the fun of driving is totally sacrificed upon the politically correct altar of fossil fuel conservation and "saving the environment."
Just ask Al Gore. He recently bought himself a mansion on the shore of a California beach before "global warming" covered it with water! Now, if ol' Al really believed the beach was going to disappear in a glacier-melted calamity, as he staunchly proclaims and upon which claims he has realized a very large fortune, do you really think he would have bought that mansion??!
Such elitist hypocrites have a high old time while we peons are forced to endure inferior cars such as this one with second-rate technology.
#72 of 217 Re: Damned by faint praise . . . and rightfully so! [priggly]
Aug 29, 2010 (7:51 pm)
I have compared most of the current mid-size (non-luxury) cars. I was prepared to hate the Kizashi, but in the end, it was the one I preferred over the Sonata, Fusion, Camry, Mazda6 and Altima.
BTW, both the Altima and Kizashi work very well with the CVT. I remember back in the late 80s driving a CVT Volvo in the Netherlands, and while it amused me the way the engine went immediately to wound up and stayed there, I suspect it would have gotten very old very fast had I owned one. They are much different now, and if you are driving normally (not using all the power), it is no longer even noticeable that the Nissan or Kizashi use a CVT. And stick shifts are still available if you want.
I doubt there is any utility in debating the issues of global warming and Al Gore on a thread about the KIzashi, even if it was relevant. I don't care if you are PC or not, but I want good mileage and I know that as soon as the economy picks up (if it ever does again), gasoline costs will skyrocket.
The BRIC countries such as India and China and Russia are not going to use less petroleum when we again start to use more. China is already the world's largest car market and will soon enough be the world's largest economy. At least Brazil has sorted out a way to provide fuel for itself that does not rely on shale and fracking and deep water drilling for what everyone can agree is a limited resource (even if we cannot agree on how limited). But I digress.
The article from Canada was mostly complimentary. Overall, the car is better than one has a right to expect, and the way it felt right driving it was a surprise to me.
The larger issue though is Suzuki in the USA, and whether it has any relevance to our shores. This is a very successful company in Asia, but is gaining no traction here. It is not because the Kizashi cannot compete, but rather because the parent company has made so many bad moves over the past many years here, that it is difficult at this point to get people to even look at them.
Dec 01, 2010 (1:50 pm)
The utter lack of discussion about such a new car doesn't bode well for its success. Do people even know this car exists?
#74 of 217 Re: hmmm... [carfreak09]
Dec 01, 2010 (3:24 pm)
The Suzuki dealer closest to me closed down this spring. I see very few of these on the road but do have one in someones driveway about 8 houses down the street from me. I still like it's looks but just am not interested in talking about it much.
Dec 01, 2010 (4:22 pm)
and loved the test drive. Very smooth and solid driving dynamics and great handling in the turns for a midsize car. But when I went to trade in my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, the Henderson, NV, dealership wouldn't agree to my terms.
So I walked. Without my driver's license! I realized about 10 minutes after negotiations while driving around south of Las Vegas that my driver's license was missing. What dolts!
I'm sure they knew I needed that when I left. I got it back and headed for the Strip in Lost Wages to see it for the first time. Blew me away completely!
So I almost bought one of them. I still like them and would consider buying one one day, but that dealership experience was less than stellar.
#76 of 217 Re: I test drove one... [iluvmysephia1]
Dec 12, 2010 (12:55 am)
I would not touch a Suzuki, ANY Suzuki with a ten foot pole.
I have not driven the Kiazshi but I did drive the new Outlander Sport (RVR in Canada. Although it has some good features, 8.5" of ground clearance, xenon low-beams, a Rockford Fosgate audio, AWD, etc. the absolutely HORRIBLE CVT (noisy, slow) and the grossly underpowered motor absolutely kill the car. Either feature by itself would have been a disaster, the two together are downright LETHAL!
The car takes 12 seconds to get to 60 mph and does it with a racket that rivals a 747!
I asked them about why their engineers chose this awful combination of power train and was advised it was for "fuel economy" and a very marginal improvement at that. I'd sooner walk!
This whole fuel economy mania, driven by hysterical radical environmentalists which no populate Hussein's government, has gone way, way too far. The whole issue is overblown and yet another example of an out-of-control nanny state forcing us into what they deem is good for us.
Suzuki, a bit automotive player at best, truly snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory with this one! A total disaster.
#77 of 217 Re: I test drove one... [priggly]
Dec 12, 2010 (4:39 pm)
I do not understand. You have many posts on here that represent an absolute love fest for the Kizashi. Now, you drive something other than a Kizashi and a Suzuki (we have a Mitsubishi Outlander here, but apparently you have found a "Suzuki" Outlander), and decide from that that all of Suzuki is trash. And then you go into some environmental argument that has no business on this thread, and here you really lost me (and as to what is overblown, how is it that you know this so well?...just askin', not wanting to argue). Really, is there something we can tell you about the Kizashi that will help?
Oops, sorry, my bad. I thought your were ilovemysephia. HE is the Kizashi love fest. You are priggly, the guy who would rather stir the pot and beg to differ, no matter what the subject. Nice to see you again!
Dec 13, 2010 (1:01 am)
gregg vw, and you own and operate a Suzuki SX-4 and like the car, right? Yeah, I loved my test drive of the Kizashi and think that Suzuki did a great job with the car.
I don't know how to translate priggly's rant very well. Please come back and elaborate on the subject, priggly.