Suzuki Kizashi Review
The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi ranks 12 out of 22 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Suzuki Kizashi, as well as reliability and safety data.
The Suzuki Kizashi is considered one of the most fun cars to drive in its class, but the automaker’s decision to stop selling vehicles in the U.S. could dissuade some buyers.
Suzuki announced in November that it will stop selling vehicles in the U.S. after the 2013 model year, which means the 2013 Kizashi will be the final one. The automaker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S., but will continue to sell its motorcycles, ATVs and other products here. It will also continue to sell vehicles in Japan and other markets.
The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi only has one engine: a four-cylinder that produces 180 horsepower with the available continuously variable transmission (CVT), and 185 horsepower with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Some test drivers think the engine is a bit lethargic from a stop, but they agree that it is sufficient for most driving situations. Both transmissions are well-liked for their responsive, smooth shifts. All-wheel drive is available on all but the base trim, and test drivers think the additional grip adds to the car’s already excellent handling. Critics agrees that the Kizashi is one of the most nimble affordable midsize cars, and they love the way it hugs a corner. Fuel economy, at 23/30 mpg city/highway with the CVT, is about average for the class.
Critics think the Suzuki Kizashi has one of the nicest cabins in the class, with upscale materials and great build quality. Though the Kizashi has a smaller trunk and back seat than most other midsize cars, test drivers still think the amount of room in both is good. Reviewers say that the Kizashi’s audio features are intuitive, though one thinks that controlling an audio device connected by the USB port can be difficult. Standard features on the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi include eight airbags, dual-zone climate control, push-button start and a seven-speaker CD audio system with USB port. Optional features include navigation, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with subwoofer and a sunroof.
- "A series of circumstances both within and beyond Suzuki's control doomed the Kizashi to third-tier status in the market place. That's a shame because this was probably the best car Suzuki ever made. Though it suffered from a noisy engine, sluggish off-the-line acceleration, and a somewhat cramped back seat, Kizashi delivered high levels of style and features-per-dollar." -- Consumer Guide
- "The 2013 Kizashi is modern and distinctive, and it is the top offering in a model lineup that is otherwise rather lean and aging. Introduced as a 2010 model, the Kizashi was meant to rejuvenate Suzuki's U.S. auto division. With Suzuki's recent bankruptcy filing and its decision to stop sell cars in America, that rejuvenation turned out to be a dream. Nevertheless, the Kizashi represents a genuine bright spot for the automaker. Available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the 5-passenger Kizashi has a budget-friendly price and offers solid handling, power and fuel economy in a package that looks good on the inside and great on the outside." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Kizashi is the best car yet to come to the United States wearing a Suzuki badge." -- The Washington Post (2011)
- "This car is solid, unpretentious, and plenty of fun to drive." -- Car and Driver (2010)
Other Cars to Consider
If all-wheel drive is high on your list of must-haves, the Subaru Legacy has it standard. The Legacy’s base four-cylinder engine is less powerful than the Kizashi’s, but if you want more power, a six-cylinder engine is available. The Legacy also gets better fuel economy than the Kizashi. Reviewers like the Legacy’s spacious, comfortable interior and long, wide trunk.
Reviewers say the redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima offers athletic handling and a smooth CVT. They like that its available V6 engine is fast and bumps up the car’s level of fun. The Altima sedan has a big back seat and a larger trunk than the Kizashi, and reviewers like how comfortable and stylish the cabin is. If fuel economy is a major concern, the Altima sedan has some of the highest non-hybrid, non-diesel ratings in the class.
Details: 2013 Suzuki Kizashi
The five-seat 2013 Suzuki Kizashi is available in four trims: base, SE, Sport GTS and Sport SLS. All models have a four-cylinder engine. The base model has a six-speed manual transmission and higher trims have a CVT. All-wheel drive is available on all but the base trim. The Kizashi launched for the 2010 model year and because it receives no major changes for 2013, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 to 2013 model years.