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2012 Suzuki Kizashi

Published July 25, 2012

Kazishi is a Japanese word that means ‘something great is coming’ in the sense that Kazishi is an omen or warning. And in the case of the 2013 Suzuki Kazishi it couldn’t be more aptly named. It’s relatively hot and stylish in a conservative way and it’s a fair bit of fun to drive. And it’s not bad on the wallet either. Which is definitely a warning omen to American automakers.

Both inside and out this is a moderately styling car. There’s room enough for five so the Hagwalah crowd should be pleased. It comes equipped with a 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine. It’s an oversquare bore/stroke ratio and 10:1 compression means the little engine delivers 185 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque when driving the manual transmission. No one could possibly imagine why but you can option for the performance oriented Continuously Variable Transmission that dampens the horsepower down to 180.Although the CVT transmission is admittedly responsive. But it must be said that the Kazishi is not exactly going to give you any goose bumps from a performance levels. There are a variety of trim levels available for the Kizashi. There is front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive and in S, SE, Sport GTS and Sport SLS models. The manual transmission is only available with the front wheel drive. This is a nimble car that grips the road nicely making it a joy to drive.

The price may be a little steep compared to many cars in its class, but Suzuki is definitely giving a buyer their money’s worth. It’s surprising that Suzuki, with it long history of exceptionally powerful motorbikes, doesn’t make that definitive sports car. One to compete with models like Toyota’s GT86. We know they’re capable of it. They’ve teased us with some concepts over the years but always failed to produce. It’s confusing that Suzuki’s car brand is so overwhelmingly conservative and reserved when their motorbikes are anything but. The Suzuki GSXR is renown as a road monster capable of devouring anything in its path. Their concept bikes are nothing short of mind blowing and are a promising and exciting future. Suzuki cars on the other hand promise nothing. Yes the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi is a decent little car, but it seems like that is all that Suzuki is prepared to provide. Which is dangerously thin ice to walk since there are so many other Asian and European automakers providing the same.

It would be great to say you’ll love the Suzuki Kizashi, but it’s more safe to say that you’ll appreciate it. Or not mind it.

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Calvin Escobar
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