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2010 Suzuki Kizashi - Click above for high-res image gallery

Another week, another "debut" of sorts at Irvine's Cars & Coffee show. Last week we brought you pics of the Ford Ka and the Dunkel Brothers' luxury 4X4 RV, but this week it was Suzuki's turn to show off something new. Folks from the nearby Suzuki facility brought over an perfectly adequate SX4 and the car we were hoping to see in person, the all-new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. The lighting was pretty harsh, but hopefully you can see what we saw while there: namely, one handsome sedan.

It could easily wear a VW badge on that grille, but the car we heard it compared to more often was the Saturn Aura, itself a smart-looking four-door. While the Kizashi doesn't seem as big as the Saturn, it's being pitched as an alternative to the even larger Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, VW Passat and Ford Fusion. The fit and finish looked good on this pre-production car, and the Suzuki's interior looked pretty well turned-out. Glancing inside, we might have mistaken it for a 2010 Mazda3. Nice materials and textures, with simple, straightforward controls and gauges.

Although Suzuki has targeted the Accord and Camry with this new segment-stretcher, the Kizashi seems closer in size to the Civic and Corolla in the flesh. It's perhaps a bit bigger than those benchmarks, but at least in this color and in this setting it didn't seem like the large midsize vehicle the class leaders are. At any rate, the Suzuki Kizashi is a good-looking sedan that should drive pretty well if reports are to be believed. It ought to be a bargain, too, with prices starting in the low-to-mid 20s. Hopefully, it won't be a case of too little too late if Suzuki can't draw more customers into its dealerships.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The side view of this car is very cheap looking.. The door outlines seem haphazardly cut. Short rear window and the trunk make things even worse.

      I think a bit of chrome around the windows would go a long way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm hoping that this just because of the lens or camera angle. The official press photos released about a month ago looked better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't think of a time I've been more disappointed with a production vehicle after getting so excited by the concept it was derived from. It looks like a cheap Jetta. And that's saying something.
        • 5 Years Ago

        So now we have 3 cars that look like each other.
        1) VW Jetta
        2) Toyota Corolla
        3) Suzuki Kizashi

        So now when I see one of these triplets coming, I will have to wait until I can clearly see the logo to determine which one of them is it.

        • 5 Years Ago
        when they shown the production version I had to check again "what was name of the concept Suzuki presented recently?", I couldn't believe this is the result :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd argue that the concept Volt vs. production Volt was much more of a disappointing transition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man that car looks tiny!
      • 5 Years Ago
      in the side shot, it looks very "buff" (if thats the word) for being a small car.
      i agree though, it could easily be mistaken for a vw or mazda. suzuki is finally getting on the path to making better cars. hopefully it'll be reliable to boot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I like the car overall, upon looking at the side profile shot particularly around the c-pillar I think it seems to resemble a Sebring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Although Kizashi's styling is nothing original or stand-out, it's a very handsome sedan. The proportions, creases, and seams are very well done, from all angles.

      Still, it is duly noted that Suzuki is brave to bring a new vehicle into an over-crowded segment... during an industry low point. So I'm guessing this car has some knock-out performance or price advantage that will wow critics & reviewers and lure buyers away from every other $20K-ish competitor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A 3.6 L V6 (shared with GM like the 2.4 L I4) will arrive just after launch and a hybrid model (probably using GM's next-gen BAS) will arrive about a year later. The V6 in a tweener-sized vehicle like this with optional AWD would be very sporty.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Size-wise, it is nearly spot-on with the Acura TSX. Unlike the TSX, the Kizashi offers AWD (and looks better IMHO). If it can capture a fraction of TSX shoppers, Suzuki will be happy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With a 2.4-liter Four as the only engine choice, and pricing in the low to mid $20Ks, I'm guessing not. In any case, the US market doesn't respond well to "'tweener" compact midsize sedans; that's what sunk the Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique and the first two Nissan Altimas, among others.

        I love the mini-Passat interior, definitely Suzuki's best to date, and this car will probably do well in the Euro and Asian markets (where this size of sedan is its own segment).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was impressed from the picture of the front, but when I made it to the side profile shot I realized it's nothing like the concept. It looks like a.....gulp.....Chrysler Sebring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It isn't exactly a 'One handsome sedan'. I can see how the comparison happened with the Aura, but the side profile is much more like a de-cladded Sebring sedan. And that's no compliment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No such thing as an American car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very disappointed with the final product. The concept was so hot!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Insert generic asian "meh" here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice alternative to the mainstream brands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It just looks like a really big SX4 sedan... nothing special really.
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