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in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,948 - $15,853
Original MSRP: $18,999 - $27,699
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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2012 Suzuki Kizashi Interior

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The automotive press likes the use of upscale interior materials in the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi, which they say helps it feel more expensive than its price suggests. They also like the overall interior design and layout of the controls.

While most test drivers say the Kizashi is spacious, a couple note limited legroom in the back seat and unsupportive front seats. Most auto reviewers also dislike the Kizashi’s trunk, which is small for the class.

  • "Kizashi's interior has a surprisingly premium feel, thanks to high-grade fabrics and fine fit and finish." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The … Suzuki Kizashi's interior is notable for its use of upscale materials and pleasing design. Not only is it uncharacteristically sophisticated for a Suzuki, but for midsize sedans in general." -- 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." -- The 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
  • ­+"Interior materials are of high quality, yet austere and stoic in presentation.” -- The Washington Post

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Seating

Most reviewers like the Suzuki Kizashi’s seats, saying that although the car is smaller outside than some rivals, its cabin is roomy. One test driver notes that the back seat lacks legroom and another says the front seats don’t have enough thigh support.

  • "Despite small-for-the-class exterior dimensions, Kizashi's cabin is remarkably spacious." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Passenger comfort is bolstered by ample headroom and well-shaped seats, although those riding in the backseat may find it lacking in legroom compared to most other midsize sedans." -- 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 front seats don't raise high enough to provide exemplary thigh support." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Reviewers like that the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi has standard upscale features like dual-zone climate control and push-button start. But shoppers have to upgrade to higher trim levels to get things like Bluetooth and a USB audio input, which are tech features that are becoming standard on many affordable midsize cars.

  • "Our complaints are few, with some noting that the oversized font on the radio display can only show a few characters at a time." -- Edmunds
  • "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. The screen readout and navigation of music players connected to the USB port is not as clear or intuitive as we would like." -- Consumer Guide
  • “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

Cargo

At 13.3 cubic feet, the trunk of the Kizashi is one of the smallest among affordable midsize cars. If you need a bigger trunk, the Ford Fusion and Mazda6 have 16.5 and16.6 cubic feet of space, respectively.

  • "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. There's plenty of interior small-items storage." -- 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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