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2013 Suzuki Kizashi Review

The Suzuki Kizashi ranks in the middle of the midsize car class. It has a smooth ride, agile handling, and an upscale cabin. Still, its below-average reliability rating keeps this sedan from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Poky automatic transmission
  • Low fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.6
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2013 Suzuki Kizashi Overview

Is the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used midsize car. The Kizashi balances sporty handling with a comfortable ride, and it features a quality interior. It’s also one of the only cars in the class to offer all-wheel drive as an option. That said, the Kizashi has a below-average reliability rating, and Suzuki no longer operates dealerships in the U.S. That’s a recipe for potentially expensive repairs. There are better and more fun-to-drive family sedans, like the 2013 Honda Accord and Kia Optima.

Used 2013 Suzuki Kizashi Performance and Interior

The Suzuki Kizashi has a four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available. Models equipped with the CVT are available with all-wheel drive, but models with the six-speed manual transmission only come with front-wheel drive. The engine provides decent acceleration and passing power, but the Kizashi feels much more energetic with the manual gearbox. The CVT isn’t very responsive, and it can cause the engine to hum loudly when accelerating.

Neither transmission improves the sedan’s poor fuel economy, though. The Kizashi earns 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the CVT, and just 20/29 mpg city/highway with the six-speed manual gearbox. Both estimates are low by class standards. The Suzuki provides well-rounded driving dynamics. Its suspension yields a smooth and comfortable ride, even over broken pavement, and it keeps the car stable in sharp turns. The steering feels brisk and responsive as well, and the brakes slow the sedan confidently.

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The Suzuki Kizashi is a four-door sedan with room for five in two rows. The front seats are nicely contoured; they provide good support and plenty of head- and legroom. The rear seats offer adequate space for two adults to sit comfortably, but legroom is rather stingy by midsize car standards. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Trunk space is also modest at just 13.3 cubic feet, though the rear seats have a pass-through compartment and can fold forward in a 60/40-split.

Most of the Kizashi’s cabin materials have a quality look and feel. The sleek dashboard features a user-friendly layout for the audio and climate controls. However, there are some quirks with the available navigation system. The touch screen absorbs almost all of the audio buttons, which can make changing the radio station or adjusting the volume tedious while driving.

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Used 2013 Suzuki Kizashi Prices

Prices for the 2013 Subaru Kizashi range from about $5,700 for a base model to around $9,600 for the Sport SLS trim. Prices vary based on a vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi?

The Kizashi has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Kizashi?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Suzuki Kizashi a 2013 Top Safety Pick+. The Kizashi received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for roof strength. It earned the highest rating of Good in all other areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the sedan a four-star rating (out of five) for rollover safety.

The Kizashi is available with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, but no other advanced safety features.

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Is the 2013 Kizashi the Best Model Year to Buy?

The short-lived Suzuki Kizashi debuted for 2010. It was discontinued after the 2013 model year, when the Suzuki brand left the U.S. automotive market altogether. Suzuki made very few changes to the Kizashi during this four-year period. As a result, you can save money with earlier models while still finding many of the same features as later 2013 Kizashi models.

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Which Used Suzuki Kizashi Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Kizashi has four trim levels: Base, SE, Sport GTS, and Sport SLS. The Kizashi Base trim is the only one that comes with a manual transmission. Its standard features include a CD player, a USB input, dual-zone climate control, cloth sport seats, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and alloy wheels. The Kizashi SE trim adds cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The Kizashi Sport GTS adds a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters for the transmission, fog lamps, a sunroof, and a touch-screen navigation system with Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Front-wheel-drive GTS models gain leather upholstery and heated front seats, but they lose the navigation system. Lastly, the Sport SLS trim adds the content from both GTS models, plus rain-sensing wipers and rear parking sensors.

The base model offers a good number of standard features, but you’ll need to step up to the Sport GTS model if you want a good amount of tech.

2013 Suzuki Kizashi and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Suzuki Kizashi or 2013 Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord and Suzuki Kizashi both offer athletic handling and posh interiors, but the Honda is ultimately the better used car pick. The Accord has a higher reliability rating and better fuel economy (up to 26/35 mpg). It’s also available with a far more muscular V6 engine. The Honda offers more rear-seat and trunk space, as well as advanced safety features like forward collision warning.

Which Is Better: 2013 Suzuki Kizashi or 2013 Subaru Legacy?

Like the Kizashi, the 2013 Subaru Legacy is one of the few vehicles in the midsize car class with all-wheel drive. Both sedans also provide a composed and comfortable ride, but neither offers great fuel economy. That said, the Legacy is the better buy. It rates higher for reliability, offers superior active safety features, and boasts a roomier rear seat and trunk.

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