With dimensions that are closer to mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry in looking at its cabin but closer to compacts like the Corolla when considering overall dimensions, the Suzuki Kizashi lands in an underrepresented part of the U.S.
But it doesn't take on those bread-and-butter family sedans like Accord, Camry, and Malibu.
Instead—even though Suzuki succeeds in making the Kizashi a lower-budget alternative to the likes of the Audi A4 or Acura TL (both about the same size as the Suzuki)—its main rivals are the sportier mid-size sedan models, along with a few of the most attractive, spacious compacts.
The Kizashi has a little more style and personality than the Ford Fusion, although the Fusion handles surprisingly well; it also feels more nimble than the Mazda6 and feels considerably firmer and sportier than the new Subaru Legacy, which has standard all-wheel drive.
Both the Legacy and Altima have cheaper-feeling interior appointments and less-supportive seats but share the choice of manual transmission or CVT.
Finally, for those considering the base Kizashi S model, the stylish new Kia Forte is one of many compacts that starts at a considerably lower price—with an interior that might feel almost as spacious—but it doesn't have the refinement and sophisticated driving feel offered by the Kizashi.
Another new alternative is the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which offers a more comfortable, roomy interior but isn't nearly as enjoyable to drive.
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|20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4|
|Compact||Mid-Size Sedan||Midsize Cars||Midsize||Midsize||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan Manual FWD S||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport||4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5||4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Continuously Variable||Manual w/OD|