A couple of updates:
I prefer manuals, will tolerate an automatic on occasion (my SL2 is an auto)...but I will never buy a car with a CVT in it.
In my garage:
2006 Pontiac GTO
2016 Honda Accord EX-L V6 Coupe
2012 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT
2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS
Kizashi vs. some actual and some of Suzuki's suggested competitors: TSX, Fusion, Mazda3, Legacy, Jetta:
Full Kizashi review:
Looks very bland and generic VW Jetta, Toyota Corolla to me and nothing that will get anyones attention except maybe the massive oversized grille. I sat in a few at the autoshow and the seats were nothing special and the interior didn't seem any roomier than the SX4. The price tag was sure a lot higher though.
I test drove a Kizashi today. It was a GTS equipped with the CVT but without AWD. I was thoroughly impressed with this car in ways that I couid not have imagined. My present car is an 2006 Ford Fusion SEL V6 with a Steeda performance tune in the ECM, CAI and a Magnaflow catback exhaust. Although
subjectively faster than the Suzuki, it does not even faintly engage me in the way the Suzuki does. The 4-cylinder engine makes hushed but
intoxicating noises as it engages the smooth CVT transmission. The Kizashi is not a terribly fast car but it performs wonders with what it has to the extent that I began to reconsider the validity of 0-60 times as a determinant of a cars' worth. The kizashi is a very complete, satisfying whole: the fit and finish is superb, the seats are comfortable and supportive, the gauges and displays are elegant yet clear and the steering is sublime, much better than the system found in the Nissan Altima 3.5. I thought my next car would be a Mustang 3.7L or perhaps the Genesis coupe V6 because they are fast and can be made faster with aftermarket support but the Suzuki has changed my perspective regarding what I truly want from a car (and let's be honest want often trumps need in these cases) How appropriate would a high performance V6 be for someone like me who works and lives in NYC? I seldom drive fast or recklessly and I couldn't care less about bragging rights. The Kizashi is the more appropriate and possibly more satisfying choice for urban life. I pray Suzuki still has a presence in North America
when I begin to look for a replacement for my Ford (possibly the end of this year) because the Kizashi is on my shortlist, in fact I think it is the list.
Drive one to know!
First, let me state unequivocally I really like the Superman emblem on the front.
I liked the SX4 but I like my Spectra too. And Spectra gets considerably better MPG, according to various websites, than the SX4.
I'll pass. I have serious doubts about my compatibility with a CVT.
Thanks for the writeup, though.
How about you compare your Spectra to a BMW, too? I like the Spectra, but this just isn't something that compares in any way to a Spectra except that it comes from a disreputable automaker.
That front end looks too much like a slightly melted VW Golf/Jetta...
Someone stated ths car will rival the new Sonata? It's not even close!
I can't drive a car that sounds like lunch at a sushi bar. And I hate sushi.
I can't figure the name? They could have called it something more american?
If you want to call it that overseas ok but not here. The name really sucks and that won't help sales.
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Last edited by biggz1; 05-24-2010 at 05:41 PM.
It looks pretty good
Not everyone needs a huge car or even a midsize car like a Camry
Yeah the name is unusual but that in itself will cause people to ask what it is and how you pronounce it
Hell heaps of people call a Camry a Cameray even after being on the market for decades.
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