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in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,545 - $11,998
Original MSRP: $18,999 - $26,899
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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2010 Suzuki Kizashi Interior

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The interior of the Kizashi is designed to feel more expensive than its sticker price. Reviewers say the design succeeds, to an extent. Soft-touch surfaces, upscale switchgear and a stylish design draw a lot of comparisons to Volkswagen products -- a real compliment for Suzuki. But buyers will find the Kizashi’s electronics a notch below those in the Toyota Camry or Ford Fusion. And back-seat space is a bit tight.

  • "Kizashi's interior has a surprisingly premium feel, thanks to high-grade cabin materials and fine fit and finish." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The interior is superb and a revelation for a brand that's never had a truly desirable small or midsize car. The Kizashi's materials, construction and overall design could easily be confused for a VW's. Past Suzukis have not been known for quality interiors, but the Kizashi completely reverses that trend. Materials are top-notch, everything is well assembled and even the general dash design is reminiscent of those in upscale vehicles like the VW Passat." -- Edmunds
  • "Just settling into the car is a revelation. The interior isn't quite as understated as in a German sport sedan, but it is well executed." -- New York Times
  • "What's impressive here is the high-quality feel of the interior - the materials used on the dashboard and door panels are first-rate, and its overall look certainly climbs a few rungs on the ladder of sophistication." -- Road and Track
  • “The company threw plenty of talent and money at the interior too, which is richer and more tasteful than what one usually finds in the midsize category." -- Popular Mechanics
  • “The interior surfaces feel solid, and padded inserts in the doors and a leather steering wheel (standard on all but the base S model) show that Suzuki is serious about selling a car that feels nicer than its sticker price. That image falls down in a few places, though, particularly in the center stack.” -- Car and Driver

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Seating

Most reviewers like the front seats of the Kizashi, particularly with the leather upholstery found on the top-of-the-line SLS trim. The car’s smaller exterior dimensions mean its rear seats are a few inches narrower than those found in many midsize sedans, yet still more spacious than those in the affordable small car class. 

In our tests, we were able to fit two child safety seats into the rear of the Kizashi with relative ease (and we found the LATCH connectors unusually easy to use), but there was no room for a third passenger.

  • "Interior comfort is also quite good. Headroom is ample all around and the front seats offer excellent support. The backseat doesn't quite offer the same amount of legroom as its bigger competitors in the midsize segment, however. … The Kizashi's slightly smaller backseat could also be a turnoff for people used to the latest supersized sedans like the Accord and Mazda 6." -- Edmunds
  • "A fashionable cabin offers well-cushioned and supportive front and rear seats with ample room to move any and all limbs.” -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The seats are comfortable.” -- Cars.com
  • "The cloth seats look and feel nice, but SLS's leather upholstery brings a more-upscale ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The front seats don't raise high enough to provide exemplary thigh support." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Reviewers are impressed that Suzuki has managed to offer some upscale features, like dual-zone climate control, in even the base-level Kizashi. Such features are rare on affordable midsize sedans -- though more expensive trims of competitors like the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion can match them. Yet writers find the available navigation system a disappointment.

  • “Convenience features like dual-zone climate control and keyless go/entry are standard across the board, while top-level models can have their already-sharp interiors adorned with things like leather, navigation, and a powerful Rockford Fosgate audio system that can stream tunes from your iPod via a Bluetooth connection." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “Gauges are large and easy to read, though some drivers find the steering wheel partially obscures some readouts. Climate control and stereo buttons are easy to reach and use.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “All models have a lot of standard features, including push-button starter, dual-zone temperature controls and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.” -- New York Times
  • “Nice touches in the dressed-up econocar include dual front and side sun visors for driver/passenger and a convenient slit in the visor to hold the parking pass.” -- Chicago Tribune

Stereo

Suzuki offers a powerful 425-watt stereo, optional on the base S model and standard on all other trim levels. Reviewers are universally impressed with its powerful sound, but not its dated visual readout. 

  • “The 425-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo kicks and thumps with the best of 'em - no distortion to be had.” -- Autoblog
  • “As a longtime audio freak as well as a car reviewer, I know that speaker counts, wattage claims and the term 'premium stereo' mean nothing in the real world. I like to highlight when an automaker gets it right - as Suzuki did with its Rockford Fosgate upgrade system, standard in the GTS and SLS trims. … A great effort overall - better than what you'll find in many high-priced luxury cars. It's a shame you can't get it as an option in the Kizashi's lower trim levels.” -- Cars.com
  • “Another clue is the 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, standard in the two top trim levels. This audio system makes big sound, with enough bass pumped out of a subwoofer on the rear deck to make the whole car shake and rumble. Suzuki also gives the Kizashi a tech edge by making a smart key and USB port, which also offers iPod integration, standard at all trim levels. In the SLS trim, it also gets Bluetooth streaming to the audio system. Feeding the sound system music from an iPod, we found the music interface usable, but mediocre. The radio display includes two big lines of text in monochrome glory." -- CNET

Cargo

At 13.3 cubic feet, the trunk of the Kizashi is one of the smallest in the midsize car class. Its rear seats do fold forward to increase the available space, but buyers looking for a sporty midsize car with more significant trunk space may want to look to the Mazda6 or Ford Fusion.

  • “Trunk is fairly large and usefully shaped, though sickle-shaped hinges intrude slightly on cargo space. The split rear seats fold and have a convenient center pass-through. Interior small-items storage is average.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seats can also be folded forward, which comes in handy when trying to fit awkwardly sized items in the trunk thanks to the rear suspension's intrusion on either side.” -- Autoblog

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