• gojira Posted: 5/12/2010 7:11am PDT

    I had hoped that this would be a hit for Suzuki but so far it is selling like only ~400/month

  • Ben Posted: 5/12/2010 10:56am PDT

    This Suziki is an unknown player in unknown territory.
    I don't see why would anybody pick it above Jetta GLI, Civic SI, or Mazda 3 from fun-to-drive point of view, nor it is large enough to be real-life mid-size/familty sedan.

  • Naterz25 Posted: 5/12/2010 1:46pm PDT

    Gorjira - this will be a hit for Suzuki once their FULL advertising campaign kicks in. Kizashi was released on a very limited basis to test the market and gather information for the California based marketing firm to create a national marketing approach. Considering that Suzuki has done minimal advertising on this car and most people still don't know about the car, the sales numbers are where they should be. That will change as people begin to discover the car.
    Ben - Suzuki is hardly an unknown player. They have been selling cars in the US since 1985, and their recent models such as the SX4 are really starting to catch on. Between fall of 2010 and spring 2011 they will start selling their Swift model here in the U.S. and that car has been a world wide success.
    Why Kizashi instead of Jetta, Civic, Mazda3? Because Kizashi has already been tested against all of those cars and it handles all of them, at a similar price and a much better warranty. That's reason enough. In addition, some people DO like to be unique and don't feel the need to be just like everyone else ;)

  • Chase325i Posted: 5/12/2010 2:40pm PDT

    Because Kizashi is not a huge boat like Honda Accord and Mazda6 have become is one of the main reasons I went to test drive this car! Kizashi really gets the whole size thing right. It's what the Accord and Mazda6 used to be before they got SuperSized. The only thing I didn't like about Kizashi was the Ipod display screen because it didn't show a full list of tracks, but that's pretty minor. In everything else Kizashi is right at the top, and in handling the only thing I've test driven lately that even comes close is Audi A4, and even then, Kizashi has a handling edge. Kizashi wasn't even aimed at mid-sized sedans, Suzuki designed it to compete against cars like Audi-A4, Acura TSX, Apha Romeo 159, WV Passat. The fact that it's still beating most of the LARGER mid-sized sedans is evidence of just how good Kizashi is.

  • Ben Posted: 5/13/2010 10:56am PDT

    Can you post a link to a comparison test? So, far my narrow-minded opinion is: not large enough for mid-size, not efficient enough for economy. May be it does have all that impressive performance???
    "compete against cars like Audi-A4, Acura TSX, Apha Romeo 159, WV Passat" - I am sure their marketing wants you to think this way. Good luck with that.
    "selling cars in the US since 1985" - so? Which one was known as the great Suzuki?

  • stapletondoc Posted: 5/13/2010 3:57pm PDT

    Ben, I can understand your skepticism. I have driven all kinds of cars including Saab, BMW, Mercedes, and VW. So, I had very high expectations for a car's performance. For me, Kizashi's road manners and handling easily beats all of them, even my Mercedes (that I treated like my first born child). I suggest you see the Kizashi in person and do a test drive before forming a final opinion. Kizashi is about the size of a VW Passat. I own the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi SLS AWD CVT.