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TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi on a variety of roads and even on the racetrack, and they have included a host of observations and road-test driving impressions in this Bottom Line. TheCarConnection.com will also compile a Full Review, including some of the most useful comments from other reputable review sources.
The 2010 Kizashi is the all-new flagship of Suzuki's U.S. lineup, a sedan focusing on performance, all-weather capability, and upscale interior appointments. It's sized right between what we consider compact and mid-size in the U.S. market, though with a long 106-inch wheelbase, its cabin is almost as spacious as that of mid-size mainstays like the Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima.
The overall design of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi doesn't bear much likeness to the concept cars of the same name that precede it, though it borrows a host of details and promises way more excitement—in terms of design and performance—than bread-and-butter segment leaders like the Toyota Camry. In the production Kizashi, there are also a number of styling details seemingly borrowed from other vehicles, but after taking it all in, the Kizashi looks like one of the better-proportioned sedans. The profile itself is elegant and a bit conservative, but it's more daring from other angles, particularly the back. Like nearly every other sedan today, it has character lines that follow from the grille and headlights, through the hood, to the beltline. And its smooth, uncreased flanks are contoured just enough to avoid being called slab-sided.
On the inside, the 2010 Kizashi feels upscale and stylish—and far from the Spartan interiors of some other four-cylinder mid-size sedans. The swoopy instrument panel design of the Kizashi could very well be that of a sports coupe. The instrument panel has two tiers, with the upper tier culminating in a hood over the gauge cluster and the lower tier curving downward toward the center console and accented with tasteful bright trim. The hooded tach and speedometer gauges ahead of the driver are simple but classy, with a now-typical multifunction trip display between the two, and heavily bolstered sport seats with a coarse cloth or ventilated leather round out the sport-sedan impression.