• Jul 30th 2009 at 7:58PM
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2010 Suzuki Kizashi – Click above for official high-res image gallery

The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is being billed as the Japanese automaker's first entry into the U.S. market's mid-size sedan segment. Truth be told, Suzuki never calls the Kizashi a mid-size sedan in its official material, but rather uses the term "sport sedan". It's hard to tell based on pictures of the car (check out the full gallery of official high-res images below), but what exactly is the Kizashi going up against? The Camry and Accord or the Jetta and Corolla? After you've taken a look at the new gallery of images to get an idea for the Kizashi's class, follow the jump to see how it really sizes up against the competition.

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Suzuki Kizashi Toyota Camry Honda Accord Ford Fusion Acura TSX Volkswagen Jetta
Length 183 189.2 194.1 190.6 185.6 179.3
Width 72 71.7 72.7 72.2 72.4 70.1
Wheelbase 107 109.3 110.2 107.4 106.6 101.5

All measurements are in inches

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who buys these things? Or Mitsubishis for that matter? a handful of people who just have to get something different even at the expense of massive depreciation and terrible up front value?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I bought an Evo. And when I compare its book values to cars from "better" makes like Honda, Lexus, or BMW, its value has held up just as good or better then them.

        Oh, but you probably didn't want me to find an exception to your stupid generalization and just bask in the glory of your baseless claim?

      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this car, based on the dimensions and looks anyway. The size seems about right. I own a Suzuki, and one of those "korean cars" that people get so worked up about (Hyundai) I love em both.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Kizashi Hatch wouldn't be unwelcome, at least by me!

      I won't hold my breath though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's about the size of the old Mazda 6, basis for the longer Fusion and several more Fords/Mercurys/Lincolns.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I noticed that too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this Suzuki and I completely think it looks like an Opel if anything else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a reply to merlot066. Don't know how AB's system messed that one up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to see specs on the interior dimensions because this still looks strangely small. It's smaller than the previous Mazda 6 which grew because Mazda says (according to Consumer Reports, Edmunds, Motor Trend, etc) that the previous 6 was too small for buyers. I'm curious how the Kizashi will do, but as I said, Suzuki's so small in the U.S. any growth is good growth.
      • 6 Years Ago

      is that the kizashi

      toyota crown from front + toyota mark x from rear + subaru legacy console
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the numbers. The wheelbase and width are standard midsize, while the length is a couple inches down. In other words, wheels to the corners. Sounds like a good starting point for a sporty sedan, regardless of what class it's in.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That doesn't mean "wheels to the corners" necessarily. It could mean tiny backseat, which is a dealbreaker for a lot of people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To be fair, all classes have seriously upsized recently, so I guess Suzuki is keeping with the OLD definition of "mid-sized" as they did with the (currently subcompact) SX4 for "compact". That said, the exterior looks really underwhelming compared to the concept (it basically looks like a stretched and bland-ified SX4 with some VW Jetta in the front) and it seems to not come with a V6. Maybe that does reinforce the notion that this is more a compact than a mid-sized car, in which case Suzuki might actually be on to something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this car is going to go head to head against the new Chevy Cruze. The economy is going to move people into a more upscale mid-size car. The Camry,Malibu, Fusion, Accord and Mazda 6 are all good rs, but represent the past in the new market. People wil not have 28K for a car. They will be looking for al the bells and whistles for under 20K. The Jett, Cruze and whatever the Suzuki is going to be named nailed the future needs of the Amrerican driver. I know I am in the minority, but with the averae salary shrinking, and the lack of reliable housing stock, people wil need to reconsider their automobile. This is a good thing. This new size car is going to be the right sized car. Can't wait to drive this and the Chevy Cruze.
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