2012 Suzuki Kizashi vs. Its Competition

2011 Suzuki Kizashi 4-door Sedan Man FWD SLS Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Kizashi has dimensions that are closer to many of today's larger compact sedans like the Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, and Ford Focus, yet it has a slightly more mature, internationally flavored sport-sedan feel that hints that--with the right mindset--the Kizashi could be a substitute for a used Audi A4 or Acura TSX.

The Kizashi doesn't rival the level of tech in the new Ford Focus, but it has a somewhat heftier, more secure feel on the road.

Compared to the Chevrolet Cruze, the Kizashi feels more sophisticated and sporty.

And while, the Kizashi no doubt found some influence from the last VW Jetta, the latest Jetta ends up looking a little cheaper inside than the Suzuki, in an odd twist--the result of aggressive cost-cutting and repricing at VW.

The Kizashi with all-wheel drive feels considerably firmer and sportier than the new Subaru Legacy, which comes with standard all-wheel drive.

And the Kia Optima and Forte sedans are both alternatives worth considering; they also have a surprisingly strong level of style and standard features for the money.

2011 Suzuki Kizashi 4-door Sedan Man FWD SLS Sport Angular Front Exterior View2012 Suzuki Kizashi
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door Sedan LTZ Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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2012 Ford Focus2012 Ford Focus
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2012 Kia Optima2012 Kia Optima
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2012 Subaru Legacy 4-door Sedan H4 Auto 2.5i Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Subaru Legacy
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Quick Specs
If you're looking for a sophisticated, well-equipped sporty sedan that's a lot of car for the money, you should definitely check out the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi.
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a practical, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and a strong value, but it does lack the nimble, tossable feel that some small-car fans appreciate.
With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features.
The 2012 Subaru Legacy remains the only mainstream, mid-size sedan to offer all-wheel drive; it's also among the better-handling models in this class, and a strong value in 2.5i form.
The 2012 VW Jetta delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans; skip the cost-cutter base versions in favor of the TDI or the GLI for a distinctive choice in the compact class.
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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