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.
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.