Overall, the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi feels a little more sophisticated and detail-oriented than other mainstream mid-size sedans (or at least their base versions), with pleasing materials and an interior that's nicely detailed and just roomy enough by most accounts.
"A bit small for a car likely to be marketed as midsize," contends USA Today. "The passenger space doesn't suffer much, but the modest trunk makes the point."
MotorWeek says those six feet and shorter will be OK in the backseat, but "Like the typical German sport sedan, the backseat is somewhat confined." According to USA Today, "Tall drivers may find it difficult to have a perfect relationship with the steering wheel and pedals." "The only thing that gives us pause is the somewhat snug rear-seat headroom and legroom," warns Edmunds Inside Line, adding that you shouldn't try getting in the backseat if you're over six feet tall. MotorTrend reminds shoppers that "for starters, the Kizashi is undersized for the segment." Despite all this controversy, this editor, at six-foot-six, had no problem getting into the backseat, where he discovered just enough headroom and legroom.
Except for some isolated reports of road noise, there are plenty of positive remarks about the Kizashi's ride and refinement. MotorWeek describes the ride as "compliant." Edmunds Inside Line points to the "composure on the highway. Even with 18s, our Kizashi SLS never rides harshly. Road noise isn't a problem, either." Car and Driver also reports that ride quality is smooth, and "fit and finish is first-rate, and the interior is above average in terms of materials and design."
Reviewers are split down the middle on whether the four-cylinder engine is refined or raucous. USA Today thinks there is "too much engine racket when revved hard." Popular Mechanics contends that although the powertrain doesn't make the Kizashi especially fast, "A balance shaft minimizes vibration, so the Kizashi's engine never feels or sounds strained."