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Suzuki Kizashi Overview And Specs

Suzuki Kizashi is a fun to drive sedan with some nice equipment for a decent price.

The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is offered in four trims – Kizashi S, Kizashi SE, Kizashi GTS and Kizashi SLS. Standard features on the S include dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows,

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an AM/FM/CD stereo with USB port, door locks and mirrors, push-button starting, and 16-inch tires on steel wheels with wheel covers. The SE adds a 10-way power driver’s seat with memory, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels.


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The Kizashi GTS adds fog a sunroof, lights, audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming and cell phone connectivity and 18-inch alloy wheels. The top of the line Kizashi SLS adds heated front seats, rear park assist, a 4-way power front passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and automatic headlights. Other options include the all-wheel-drive system with heated outside mirrors and a navigation system with a rearview camera.

The Suzuki Kizashi also offers some optional features like iPod connectivity, a 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, heated seats, a navigation system.

Standard safety features in all trims includes a tire-pressure monitor, dual-stage front airbags, side-curtain airbags for front rows, front and rear side airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control.

The Suzuki Kizashi comes with a single engine option, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 185hp at 6500 rpm and 170lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, or 180hp, 170lb-ft of torque with automatic transmission(CVT). The all-wheel-drive system is available only with the CVT.

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Title › 2011 Suzuki Kizashi

The Suzuki Kizashi with the CVT and 16inch wheels covers 23mpg city, 31mpg highway. The Kizashi with manual transmission and 16inch wheels covers 21mpg city, 31mpg highway. The AWD version covers 23mpg city, 30mpg highway which comes equiped with 16inch wheels. According to Suzuki a hybrid system will be offered in the next two years. Mostlikely a Turbocharged 4cylinder and a V6 engines also will be available.

The cabin looks and feels comfortable with plenty of room. The rear seat has enough room for average size adults. Rear-seat comfort is aided by a fold-down armrest with a pair of cupholders. The trunk is 13.3 cubic feet of volume. Foldable rear seats makes large storage room for long objects.

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2010 Suzuki SX4 Sport

While fuel-conscious Americans have been snapping up subcompacts from Honda, Toyota and Nissan, their Japanese counterparts have been buying the

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kei, or mini-car, in record numbers.

These tiny hatchbacks make subcompacts look positively spacious. But with prices starting under $9,000 and fuel economy up to 54 mpg, it’s no surprise that the segment accounts for more than 35 percent of all


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new-car sales in Japan.

What may surprise is that Suzuki has been the number-one kei brand for 33 consecutive years, only relinquishing the top spot to Daihatsu earlier this year. Although it’s unlikely Suzuki will offer a mini-car in the U.S., it does have two models geared to appeal in this part of the world — the SX4 5-door and SX4 Sport sedan.

The new SX lineup takes over for the discontinued Suzuki Aerio cars. The SX4 5-door arrived last year, and Suzuki can barely build enough to meet U.S. demand. Now joined by the SX4 Sport sedan, the two will battle smaller entrants such as the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa and, at same time, face off

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against the well-established Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra.

Unlike the all-wheel-drive SX4, the SX4 Sport is front-wheel-drive only. The automaker is betting its new arrival will meet with equal success for two reasons: It’s sporty, and it has a base price of just $14,770.

More Sporty Than Sport

The 143-horsepower rating of the SX4 Sport’s all-aluminum, double-overhead-cam 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine puts it near the top in this class, but it’s the torque curve that makes things happen. The 126 lb-ft start early and the torque curve is fairly flat across a wide band. By tuning the engine for more low-end grunt, 0 to 30 mph happens in just 3.4 seconds. According to Suzuki, this bests the 2.0-liter powerplants in the Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra. Though losing the 0-60 march (a yawning 10.2 seconds), it catches both in the quarter mile at a respectable 17.6 seconds.

Shifting gears with the standard five-speed manual transmission requires a deliberate effort, but the clutch engages quickly with little pedal effort. The optional ($1,100) four-speed automatic shifts succinctly, even during hard acceleration. Steering is properly weighted with good on-center feel, and the ride is solid without feeling numb. With less road and wind noise than you expect for the class, the Sport is a pleasurable small car.

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2010 suzuki sx4 sport Review

Bright, Roomy Interior

Longer and wider than the Aerio models, the SX4 Sport’s interior space is markedly improved. Even tall folks will feel at home in the front seats, where there’s ample head-, leg- and shoulder room for the six-foot-plus set, while a tilt steering wheel makes it easier to find a comfortable driving position.

The interior is one of Suzuki’s best, illustrating the automaker’s steps forward in layout and ergonomics. Glass all around is big, allowing for good visibility, while making the cabin seem bright and spacious. The deft blending of interior materials appears to be of high quality, with tight and consistent gaps between panels. The only mar is the rudimentary levers for the fuel door and trunk release poking out of a rough opening in the carpet.

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2010 suzuki sx4 sport road test

Fun to Drive, But Not Too Frugal

If you want a small car that’s fun to drive for less than $15,000, the SX4 Sport is an able candidate. Unfortunately, fuel economy isn’t one of its strongest suits. With the standard five-speed manual transmission, estimated EPA fuel economy is 22 mpg city, 30 highway; with the automatic, the estimate is 23 city/31 highway. Certainly helping its cause will be its headline-grabbing 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.

With true performance versions available of the Mazda3, Civic and Sentra, and the Fit, Aveo, Versa and Yaris touting fuel economy, the Sport is staking out a narrow middle ground in a tough category. Strong on content, styling and comfort, its pricing should help keep it slotted among the best values in its class.

Larry E. Hall

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