2011 Suzuki Kizashi Styling

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Visually, the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi promises a lot more excitement than bread-and-butter sedans like the Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Malibu—and rather than mimicking any particular Japanese or European automakers, it clearly borrows some influences from a wide range of other design standouts. Though it's more than a foot shorter than most mid-size sedans—and closer to compacts like the Volkswagen Jetta and Chevrolet Cruze—the Kizashi strikes some great proportions, taking a rather conservative, traditional sedan profile and dressing it up. 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. Particularly from the back, the Kizashi looks serious and performance-oriented, especially in new Kizashi Sport trim, which brings a lowered suspension and especially flashy alloy wheels.

The Kizashi's cabin feels upscale and stylish, and it stands in a class above the interiors of most other four-cylinder mid-size (or compact) sedans. There's a little bit of sports-car swoopiness in the two-tier instrument panel design, with a large, hooded gauge cluster and just a tiny touch of chrome to punctuate the look but not overwhelm. Well-bolstered sport seats and coarse cloth or ventilated leather complete what amounts to a sporty, upscale feel.

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