2011 Suzuki Kizashi Features

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Features
Purely in terms of features for the money, the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi looks like quite the deal. Suzuki typically offers few if any options on its U.S. vehicles, instead including a strong list of standard features, and the Kizashi takes that to a new level.

For 2011, the lineup of trims has changed a little bit; the Kizashi is now offered in S, SE, GTS Sport, and SLS Sport models. The S is still the most affordable model, starting at less than $20k, but it includes a surprisingly high level of standard equipment like push-button start, sport seats, dual-zone climate control, and steering-wheel audio controls. Next up is the SE, which adds a power memory driver seat, cruise control, 17-inch alloys, and upgraded trim. A 425-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, fog lamps, a moonroof, and 18-inch wheels are all part of the GTS, while the top-of-the-line SLS includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, rain-sensor wipers, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming mirror, and a garage-door opener.

One of the glaring issues with the Kizashi's feature list—and what most keeps it from being a perfect 10—is that while Bluetooth hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio streaming are offered with the top-of-the-line audio system, and Bluetooth hands-free calling is optional on the GTS, it's not at all offered in the S or SE. In repeat drives, we've found issue with the audio system's inability to display track information—or more than just a few characters.

There's very little to find fault with; the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi offers the mother lode of features, for a bargain price.

Both the GTS and SLS models are now termed GTS Sport and SLS Sport; with the new Sport moniker comes with a lowered suspension that rides 10 mm lower than the base setup; a bolder, lightweight wheel design; a trunk spoiler; body sill extensions; a more aggressive front fascia; and a bolder, 'aero' look. Inside, the Sport models get a different steering wheel with perforated leather grip, leather-trimmed seats with contrasting stitching, and front sport seats that are a little more supportive and form-fitting.

At the top of the line, a navigation system is available for $1,399 and includes a rear camera system, real-time traffic, and iPod controls. Even when optioned with that, a loaded Kizashi SLS Sport still totals well under 30 grand.

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