2012 Kizashi Sport GTS AWD (894)


This week we’re looking at the 2012 Kizashi Sport GTS AWD that’s really generating good reviews these days  because of good looks, a surprisingly large and upscale interior, and available on-demand AWD. When introduced the Kizashi was immediately seen as a serious competitor in the affordable family sedan market.

Kizashi only comes with one engine, a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder that offers 180 horsepower when mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and 180 horsepower when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. Some competitors offer V6 or turbocharged engines in similar cars. However the 2.4-liter engine works well, revving freely and delivering spirited performance. The ride is better than you’d expect and is smooth and soft over even rough pavement, and relatively flat through the corners.

Despite the sport-tuned suspension, you won’t mistake the Kizashi for a BMW but you’ll keep more money in the bank.


I don’t know about you but I notice a kinder and gentler flow of traffic on the roads these days. I believe it is, in part, a result of the lousy economy and therefore less traffic. It also has a lot to do with governments relentlessly pursuit to raise revenue for the ‘state’ so they can keep their jobs while others lose their jobs in the private sector. People simply can’t afford the outrageous $1,000 fines and are more cautious and watchful.

I’m convinced most folks I talk with know the difference between the good guys and the corrupt bad guys in government.

Keep vigilant, slow down and stay out of harm’s way.

Handling & Performance:

The AWD traction and stability controls will be appreciated during heavy downpours and simply comfortable and entertaining to drive.


Suzuki restyled Kizashi slightly for 2012 and added this Sport GTS AWD version. All Kizashi’s look aggressive, with a large air dam and bulging fenders that make them appear larger than they actually are. The Sport GTS version has an aero kit that includes a larger air dam, side body moldings and a trunk-mounted spoiler. The interior styling is clean and contemporary, with better than expected materials and easy-to-use controls. A big plus are the comfortable and deeply contoured front bucket seats, which provide excellent support.

Fit and Finish:

Very good for the money.


Great pricing and it will never be better because after more people get acquainted with Suzuki’s limited number of models they will push up the demand and therefore the purchase price.

Conveniences and comfort:

Well equipped as is getting more customary with lower cost technology and it delivers a really comfortable ride.

Consumer Recommendation:

Yes… this is really worth the test drive.

Recognized Competition:

Suzuki Kizashi $25,000, Acura TSX $30,000, Audi A4 $33,000, Buick La Crosse $35,000, Buick Verano $23,000, Chevrolet Malibu $26,000, Chrysler 200 $27,000, Chrysler Sebring $20,000, Dodge Avenger $20,000, Ford Fusion $20,000, Honda Accord $21,000,  Hyundai Sonata $20,000, Infiniti G Sedan $32,000, Kia Optima $19,000, Lexus ES 350 $37,000, Lincoln MKZ $35,000, Mazda 6 $20,000, Mitsubishi Galant $22,000, Nissan Altima $20,000, Subaru Legacy $20,000, Toyota Camry $20,000, Volkswagen Jetta $15,000, Volvo S40 $28,000.

Good News:

Well priced, more than enough power and very comfortable.

Bad News:


Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter 180 HP inline 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, all wheel drive, 4-wheel ABS Bosch disc brakes, traction control, stability control, 8 standard air bags, front and rear side and side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitor, anti corrosion underbody, security system with immobilizer, smart key entry and push button ignition. Climate control, 10-way power driver seats, leather tilt / Telescoping wheel with audio and cruise controls, split rear seats with pass-through, heated mirrors, power tilt and slide sunroof, audio  with CD, 10-speakers, iPod & MP3 USB port, front fog lights, light weight sport wheels, sport tuned suspension.

Gas Stats:

$3.63/ Gal avg. November 25, 2011


for more information.

22 City and 29 Highway MPG


MSRP $25,749.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@atthewheel.com
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