The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make us like a car. Take the Suzuki Kizashi, for example. It’s one of the more divisive cars on the market.  Some reviewers love its value pricing and sporty performance, while other complain that Suzuki overreached, and the Kizashi isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

While the Kizashi doesn’t have the nicest interior in the class, it was at least thoughtfully laid out. I liked that the USB port was in a small cubby in the center stack.  See, some automakers hide the USB port in the glove box or center console. While that’s good because it keeps your electronics out of sight, digging through a cluttered storage space every time you want to unplug you iPod gets old.  Other car makers put the USB port right on the center stack.  Not only does that mean you have to hide you electronics every time you park, but a lot of time it means you have to put your iPod in the cup holder, or balance it near the shifter. That’s not ideal.

But, the Kizashi had its USB port in the center stack, hidden in a storage space that was the perfect size for my iPhone.  My stuff was accessible, yet safe from prying eyes.  While using the Kizashi’s stereo to scroll through my playlists took some getting used to, knowing that my iPhone was safe made up for it.