The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi is nothing short of a cult classic. The car, however, has witnessed limited success ever since it made its debut. Yet among the plethora of midsize sedans available in the market today, it’s certainly one of the best, if not the best of them all.
The output from the both of the available four-cylinder engines is adequate, while the six-speed manual’s shifter could be somewhat non-intuitive for a first-time driver. However, it does become easier with practice. Unlike several other midsize sedans that are equipped with a CVT, the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi performs admirably by keeping the power tapped without any hesitation or the typical engine noise. The paddle shifts are an added advantage for a more sporting driver who demands more control of his vehicle.
The Sport variant tuning is slightly stiffer, since it has a 10 mm lower ride height. While driving on the highway, the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi is quiet, and gives the driver good mileage in between fill-ups.
The Suzuki brand is somewhat handicapped by the lack of an exhaustive dealer network, and this has often hampered the company’s car sales. However, there has been no report of any problem with the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi. It is recommended that customers take the car for servicing at least once a year, and conduct preventive maintenance checks on the car, especially before traveling to a mountainous or far-off place. The engine of the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi has no reported problems so far, but routine checks are recommended from time to time.
Body styles: midsize sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter 185-hp four-cylinder; 2.4-liter 180-hp four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual w/OD, 2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
Models: Suzuki Kizashi S, Suzuki Kizashi SE, Suzuki Kizashi Sport GTS, Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS
For 2011 Suzuki has renamed the Kizashi’s two top trim levels. The GTS and the SLS are now the Sport GTS and Sport SLS respectively. In addition to changing their names, both models have been given cosmetic, aerodynamic, and suspension upgrades.
This version of the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi has a sporty exterior with side sills, a rear spoiler, front fascia, 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, fog lights, and a sport-tuned suspension with lower ride height.
Interior features for the S edition is the entry-level Kizashi include keyless entry/ignition, automatic dual-zone climate control, full-power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering, and cloth upholstery. The version fitted with the CVT system has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a seven-speaker stereo system with an iPod/USB interface.
The SE edition includes all the features of the S edition. It has audio controls on the steering wheel and an eight-way power driver seat that has power lumbar adjustment and memory settings.
The Sports GTS Edition has a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, and audio streaming/Bluetooth phone connectivity facilities. The four-wheel drive version of the GTS also has steering-mounted shift paddles that are optional in the front-wheel drive models.
The Sports SLS edition of the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi is the premium model. This variant has heated front seats, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a powered passenger seat. The rearview camera and navigation system are optional accessories for the Sports SLS trim.
Performance & Handling
A four-cylinder 2.4-liter engine powers all the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi variants. There’s also the six-speed manual transmission system, standard to the Sport SLS, Sport GTS, and the basic S version, along with the front-wheel drive. The continuous variable transmission (CVT) system is an optional accessory in these trims and a standard in all the SE and four-wheel drive models. The variants that have a six-speed manual transmission system and can produce 185 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The CVT-equipped variants, on the other hand, have been slightly detuned, to generate 180 hp. The front-wheel drive is standard to all trims, with the all-wheel drive being optional.
In performance tests, the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi SLS version, with the six-speed manual transmission system and a front-wheel drive, reached zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. This is a slightly better-than-average performance by a four-cylinder midsize sedan. In the CVT version, the rate drops to an average of 9.1 seconds.
Standard safety features for the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi include antilock disc brakes, stability control, and traction control as well as front and rear side curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Suzuki Kizashi: 23/30 mpg city/highway
- Interior boasts chic European styling
- Handling is excellent
- Good, responsive CVT
- AWD available as an option
- Great value for the money
You Won't Like
- Legroom is limited compared to competition
- No option for V-6 or turbo
- Dealer network is limited
Despite the disadvantages of its limited dealership network, the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi can be counted among the best midsize sedans on the market today.
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