The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi may be one of the best kept secrets. Not something a car manufacturer really wants to be. While the Kizashi is a well-equipped, attractive vehicle, it has a limited dealer network and very little marketing to sign its praises. However, those who happen upon this vehicle are likely to be impressed.
The Suzuki Kizashi is a midsize, sport sedan that seats five. It has a distinct European styling and refined interior. The 2012 Suzuki Kizshi is available in many different trim options: S, Sport GTS, SE, SE Leather Edition, Sport SLS, and the Sport SLS Navi Edition. All come with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and a varying list of features.
New For 2012
For the 2012 model year, very little was changed on the Suzuki Kizashi.
- Leather upholstery is now available on the midrange SE
The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is an attractive sedan with curved edges and a sloped front, giving it a bit of a sporty feel, although it is a bit smaller than others in its class. The Sport trim models boast a modified front and a spoiler added to the rear. Standard features for all models are 16-inch wheels and projector-beam headlights. As you move up the trim lines, additional features include 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear parking sensor, a power moonroof, and a sport-tuned suspension with lower ride height. The Sport SLS trim also adds a power passenger seat, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, heated sideview mirrors, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also on this trim a navigation system with a rearview camera is an available option.
Interior & Cargo
Stepping inside a 2012 Suzuki Kizashi reveals a well-designed cabin with upscale materials and an attractive design. The seats are comfortable with plenty of headroom. While the front seats offer plenty of legroom, taller passengers in the back may feel a bit cramped. 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 SE trim option 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 SE Leather Edition, of course, includes leather upholstery.
The Sports SLS edition of the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is the premium model. This version has leather upholstery, as well as heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a powered passenger seat. The rearview camera and navigation system are optional accessories for the Sports SLS trim and of course, (as one can tell by the name) standard on the Sport SLS Navi Edition.
The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi comes equipped with front and rear side impact airbags and side-curtain airbags as well as a passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation. Additional standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, child safety locks, emergency brake assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Kizashi received a top score of ""Good"" for frontal-offset and side-impact protection and its second-best score of ""Acceptable"" in roof strength tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Each of the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi trims are equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that offering 185 horsepower when paired with the six-speed manual transmission. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) cranks out 180 horsepower. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models are available, but those with all-wheel drive come only with the CVT.
In performance tests, the 2012 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, which is a better-than-average showing. In the CVT version, the rate drops to 9.1 seconds. Although it may not be as quick as some like, it agile with excellent grip and body control. Drivers will also appreciate the good fuel economy coming in at 23/30 mpg city/highway, 26 mpg combined.
Key Competitors For The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi
- Honda Accord
- Ford Fusion
- Nissan Altima
- Hyundai Sonata
- Kia Optima
- Chrysler 200
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Volkswagen Jetta