• Nov 5, 2009
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We liked our time behind the wheel of the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. It drives like a little sports sedan and doesn't look half bad, and now Suzuki's newest sedan has another attractive quality: it's priced to sell. The Kizashi will start at $18,999. The base Kizashi isn't exactly a stripper model either, as power windows, doors and mirrors are standard along with a nine-speaker stereo, eight airbags, stability control and ABS.

Move up to the SE model that ranges in price from $21,499 to $22,749 and enjoy 17-inch alloys, a power driver's seat, leather steering wheel and cruise control. The next model is our personal favorite, the GTS. The sportiest of Kizashi models comes with a six-speed manual or a performance-tuned CVT (get the manual) for $22,499 to $24,849. Among its standard features are an up-level 425-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system with ten speakers, Bluetooth audio capability, hands free calling and voice command. Also standard are 18-inch wheels and a power moon roof. The top-shelf SLS model ranges from $24,399 to $26,749 and includes luxury amenities like heated leather seats, a universal garage door opener, auto head lamps, proximity sensors and rain sensing wipers.

All of the aforementioned prices are subject to Suzuki's $735 destination and shipping charge.



[Source: Suzuki]

PRESS RELEASE:

With Kizashi, Suzuki delivers sophistication and driving experience of a premium sport sedan for price of a modest midsize car

  • Kizashi is the best equipped mid-size sedan starting under $19,000, with volume models averaging between $22,000 and $24,000.
  • Kizashi offers the most standard safety features in its price class and already meets the NHTSA's 2014 safety standards.
  • The AWD Kizashi, available in all trim levels with CVT transmission, can be purchased for less than some of the segment's volume leading FWD sedans.

BREA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2009) - Tapping in to its heritage of building high performance outboard motors and motorcycles, American Suzuki Motor Corp. today announces pricing for the all-new 2010 Kizashi sedan (pronounced "Kee-Zah-Shee") which will debut in dealer showrooms in December 2009.

The Kizashi offers a unique blend of dynamic performance attributes, premium design aesthetics and craftsmanship yet to be experienced in this category. Suzuki expands on its best-in-class platform while offering features more appropriate to the near-luxury segment. In short, Kizashi delivers a premium package and experience without the premium price tag.

With the well-equipped entry-level Kizashi S priced between $18,999 and $21,749 (plus $735 for destination and handling), a prospective customer enjoys an energetic platform, comfortable accommodation and expressive design for prices appropriate to a modestly equipped compact. This base price includes many standard features usually found in vehicles costing thousands more or as options in the competitive class. Standard features of the Kizashi S include:

* 8 airbags (front/rear side and curtain)
* Pushbutton keyless start
* Dual-zone climate control
* 9-speaker audio with steering controls
* EPS Stability Control and ABS
* Projector beam headlamps
* Power windows, doors and mirrors
* Ambient and footwell lighting

The FWD Kizashi SE will cost a mere $2,500 more and will allow customers the benefit of the efficient and responsive continuously variable transmission (CVT), P215/55R17 tires on alloy wheels, power driver's seat with 10-way adjustment (including power lumbar), 3-position memory driver's seat, and leather wrapped parking break handle and steering wheel with cruise control. The Kizashi SE, with prices ranging from $21,499 to $22,749 (plus $735 for destination and handling), will be Suzuki's volume model.

The sporty GTS model, available in six-speed manual or performance tuned CVT with steering wheel paddle shifters, starts at just $22,499 (plus $735 for destination and handling) and includes multiple upgrades from the SE model, including 425 watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with 10 speakers, Bluetooth®1 streaming audio capability (with compatible MP3 and iPod®2 connectivity) and hands-free calling with voice command, P235/45R18 tires, fog lights and power moon roof. GTS pricing will top out at $24,849 (plus $735 for destination and handling).

The luxuriously appointed SLS model builds on the GTS and includes leather seats, power passenger seat, heated front seats, auto dimming rear view mirror with Homelink®3 Universal garage door opener, heated outside mirrors, automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and rear proximity sensors with audible warning and graphic display. Prices for the lavish SLS range from $24,399 to $26,749 (plus $735 for destination and handling).

About Suzuki
The Brea, Calif.,-based Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of approximately 350 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 49 states. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle, and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2008, SMC sold more than 2 million new cars and trucks and more than 3.5 million motorcycles and ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 196 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzuki.com.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd drive this before the new Camaro. don't not like my opinion, get over it. We are all entitled to one so go ahead and start talkin crap like all your LADIES do on here do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL! I totally agree. It's just a bummer that we can't get a v6 AWD with the 6spd man. That would definitely be my next car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stupid stupid stupid name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kizashi means "ambient flier" in Japanese.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For that money I'd prefer the R-Spec Genesis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i don't know, for that money you could get a Ducati 1198S, those compete against each other right? And the Duc is waaaay faster than the Genesis
        • 5 Years Ago
        Holy completely different market segments, Batman!
        • 5 Years Ago
        For that money...between the two, I'd still go for the Made in Japan (even if it's Suzuki) before any Korean make. Plus the Kizashi is more practical/roomy than the 2dr R-Spec Genesis. To each his/her own...but that's just me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Merciless! I like it. I don't have a need for 4 doors, and the way this thing is touted for it's preformance and tune-ability, I think the bottom line is a bit high for a struggling auto company. But, I guess they do have all that engineering time into the chassis they'll need to recover.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite a nice car. Also more exclusive than the ubiqitious Camry and Accord.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah all the aesthetic stuff is great Autoblog, but I want to know what the power plants put out. Someone want to fill me in?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I forgot to mention, the V6 will come out a year after its debut so you will have to wait for the HP and TQ rating on that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ross

        your right, I should have used the search feature but your mother was occupying most of my time this afternoon. No worries I will remember to do so next time. Thank you to all that offered helpful information.

      • 5 Years Ago
      a pity-I don't think consumers would look at Suzuki if they sold a rebadged 458.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am genuinely, honestly starting to wonder if Autoblog is on the take from Suzuki. There is nothing to explain the sheer volume of positive posts about what is really just another economy sedan from a struggling brand deep in the sales hole.

      What gives? This is clearly not worth the extraordinary coverage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it's head and shoulders above what they normally do? We got a week of coverage on that hideous Honda monstrosity, I don't mind this so much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, I did see this car covered on Motorweek TV on SPEED just last week. Anyway, I'm impressed by this car. It's got great performance for its price. One thing I didn't like though is that the exhausts on the back are actually there just for show.
        hex311k
        • 5 Years Ago
        i dont see why a good car for a good price shouldnt deserve praise or attention, even if its a Suzuki. I think this car looks nice and would def like to see one in person. The more choices i have the better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it may be just an economy sedan, but if Autoblog hadn't posted about it, I wouldn't have known. Still, Suzuki does offer a pretty nice package and goes very far to enhance the value of their new product. Plus, you can't expect Autoblog to just update old posts with new information as it comes. If they did that, none of us would ever dig up the old posts to read about the new info. Hence, the large number of posts.

        Now, whether or not if they could bring updated posts back to the front page, that's an entire debate in itself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe I missed it, but no mention on how much the AWD is going to cost? As one of the major features of this car, you'd think the cost would be spelled out clearly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Kizashi."

      "Gesundheit!"

      Looks like a promising car, but Suzuki picks some really bizarre model names.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm looking forward to driving one, I wonder about both the lack of power and the more than likely high depreciation, but for the GTS for $23k, that seems to be a good amount of car for the money. When will they be in showrooms?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats not bad at all, but I don't think i'll be going for the "ambient foot-well lighting". Bright gauges and center consoles bug me enough at night as it is. My Garmin GPS's power cable had an LED light on it that drove me off the wall insane. No, I think I would stick to actual features thank you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny thing is the same people that fall for this stuff are the ones arguing about the how truly black their plasma or CRT picture is compared to LCD's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will still wait for the swift to arrive.
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