On The Cover Review: 2011 Suzuki Kizashi
For those who wanted a midsized sedan, but just couldn’t decide between the Camry, the Malibu, the Accord, the Fusion, or the Altima, Suzuki, known the world over for quality motorcycles and sub-par cars, brings us the Kizashi. What does this bring to the table when there were already so many competent competitors? Well, for one, it’s better than any car Suzuki has ever made. But since that isn’t really saying much, we should also add that it holds its own among the competition as well. It looks nice, has a quality fit and finish, and provides a sportier driving experience than many of the alternatives. Unlike most of the competition, the Kizashi is not available with a V6, opting for only a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The Kizashi comes in a number of trim and pricing levels, and proves that with enough work, any car company can break from the past and build a competent vehicle. But Suzuki doesn’t really have a great reputation when it comes to cars, and their dealer body is severely limited compared to the competition. Will the intenders for this type of car flock to the Kizashi when there are so many mainstream choices available? Eh, maybe not. But if Suzuki is trying to get people to take it more seriously, this is a step in the right direction.