2010 Suzuki Kizashi vs. Its Competition

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With dimensions that are closer to mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry in looking at its cabin but closer to compacts like the Corolla when considering overall dimensions, the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi lands in an underrepresented part of the U.S.

sedan market.

But it doesn't take on those bread-and-butter family sedans like Accord, Camry, and Malibu.

Instead—even though Suzuki succeeds in making the Kizashi a lower-budget alternative to the likes of the Audi A4 or Acura TL (both about the same size as the Suzuki)—its main rivals are the sportier mid-size sedan models, along with a few of the most attractive, spacious compacts.

The Kizashi has a little more style and personality than the Ford Fusion, although the Fusion handles surprisingly well; it also feels more nimble than the Mazda6 and feels considerably firmer and sportier than the new Subaru Legacy, which has standard all-wheel drive.

Both the Legacy and Altima have cheaper-feeling interior appointments and less-supportive seats but share the choice of manual transmission or CVT.

Finally, for those considering the base Kizashi S model, the stylish new Kia Forte is one of many compacts that starts at a considerably lower price—with an interior that might feel almost as spacious—but it doesn't have the refinement and sophisticated driving feel offered by the Kizashi.

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Quick Specs
If you can get past the Suzuki badge itself, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is sophisticated, well designed, and a lot more fun to drive than most other four-cylinder mid-size sedans.
The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down.
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
The 2009 Mazda6 could easily steal sales from the traditional class leaders if non-gearheads discover it.
The 2009 Subaru Legacy appeals to rugged, sporty, and practical types, but not those who expect top refinement.
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class     
CompactMidsizeMid-Size SedanMidsizeCompactMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD S4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door H4 Manual4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
ManualManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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