Here at The Garage, we haven’t been shy about our enthusiasm for the all-new Kizashi. After a preview of the car by Gary Grant, and the opportunity for Gary, video guru Scott Simmons and myself to do a walk around of the car at IMPA Test Days, we all agreed the Kizashi was quite a handsome car, and the quality of materials, fit and finish inside and out impressed us.
A bit player in the North American car market, the Kizashi aims to substantially raise Suzuki’s profile. The success of this car is critically important to the brand, and the car is priced right to battle. All Kizashi’s share the same drivetrain-a 2.4L 185hp four coupled to a six-speed manual, or a CVT. All models offer front or all-wheel drive, but check the box for all-wheel drive, and you are stuck with the CVT. Click below as we disect the models.
Kizashi S: $18,999 (6-speed, FWD)Ã‚Â Kizashi S AWD: $21,749
The entry-level Kizashi is hardly a stripper. Standard equipment includes 8 airbags, dual-zone climate control, 9 speaker audio, ESP, ABS, power windows, locks, and mirrors.
Kizashi SE: $21,499 Kizashi SE AWD: $22,749
The CVT is the only transmission available on the SE. In addition to the S, the SE includes 17″ alloys, a power driver’s seat with memory, and cruise control. Suzuki expects the SE to be most popular Kizashi.
Kizashi GTS: $22,499 (6-speed, FWD) Kizashi GTS AWD: $24,849
The sporty Kizashi. Building up from the SE, add a Rockford Fosgate stereo, Bluetooth, 18″ alloys, fog lights and moonroof to the standard equipment list.
Kizashi SLS: $24,399 (6-speed, FWD) Kiazashi AWD: $26,749
The luxe Kizashi. Adds heated leather seats, power passenger seat, auto dim rearview mirror, Homelink, heated mirrors, auto headlights, and rain sensing wipers.