2013 Suzuki Kizashi vs. Its Competition

2013 Suzuki Kizashi
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Kizashi, when it was originally launched, was at the large end of compact, but several models, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, and Ford Focus have been introduced since then, all around the same size.

Compared to these, the Kizashi has a slightly more mature, internationally flavored sport-sedan feel, and its interior appointments might be taken for those in a base Audi A4 or Acura TSX.

The Kizashi doesn't rival the level of tech in the new Ford Focus, but it has a somewhat heftier, more secure feel on the road.

Compared to the Chevrolet Cruze, the Kizashi feels more sophisticated and sporty.

We think that the last-generation Volkswagen Jetta had a lot of influence on the Kizashi, but in an odd twist, the latest version of the Jetta comes up short at the base level, due to cost-cutting.

The Subaru Legacy has an all-wheel-drive challenger in the Kizashi, too; and the Kizashi feels a little sportier than the Legacy in its base guise.

Both the Kia Optima and Forte sedans offer a lot of value for the money, and have some of the same well-detailed Euro-style appeal.

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8.0
Suzuki might be off the radar for some shoppers, but the 2013 Kizashi offers a lot of sophistication and value for the money.
7.8
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, comfort, and safety in a compact sedan—although it's missing the fun-to-drive edge of some other models.
8.8
Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
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The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
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The 2013 Subaru Legacy retains its unique position as an affordable, fun-to-drive mid-size sedan with standard all-wheel drive--and adds some standout safety technology.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactMidsize CarsCompactMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD Base4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i4-Door Manual Base
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
44N/AN/AN/A4
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManualAutomatic w/manual shiftManualManual