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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
well featured for its expected starting price of under $20,000
Perhaps too pricey
the real story here is how much car you get if you're willing to forgo stuff like power seats and backup sensors
Suzuki typically offers few if any options on its U.S. vehicles, instead including a strong list of standard features, and the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi takes that to a new level. It's offered in four different trims. The base S includes a surprisingly high level of standard-feature content, such as 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, Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth audio streaming, 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.
USA Today makes note of "power almost-everything, trip computer, even a motion-damped glove box door—an array seldom found on a base model." The same reviewer is surprised to see "LED map and dome lights, costly bulbs that illuminate brightly without distracting the driver with spilled light."
Several sources criticize the audio display, which can show only a few characters of channel information or MP3 tags at a time.
Jalopnik sums up the Kizashi as well equipped for its starting price of less than $20,000, which includes "iPod connectivity, soft-touch plastics everywhere, steering wheel audio buttons, dual-zone climate control and comfortable seats."
MotorWeek points to standard push-button ignition and dual-zone climate control, and likes how the controls for Bluetooth and the optional Rockford Fosgate audio system are in easy reach on the steering wheel, "leaving the center console relatively uncluttered."
Reviewers apparently have drastically different ideas about whether the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is a deal. MotorWeek says that considering the 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, it "could be the premium car bargain of the year," while USA Today calls it "perhaps too pricey."
Later in the model year, an in-dash nav system will be optional at a price of $1,300.
There are few if any options on the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, but it offers lots of thoughtful details and way more features than most mid-size sedans at a bargain price.