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2011 Suzuki Kizashi Review

The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi is often overlooked in its class, but reviewers agreed that it has a lot to offer, including an upscale interior, available all-wheel drive, athletic performance and high safety scores. However, the Kizashi’s low reliability rating could dissuade some used car buyers.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent safety scores
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Nimble performance
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Low reliability rating
  • Smaller than most midsize sedans




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.2
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2011 Suzuki Kizashi Overview

Test drivers liked that the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi’s nimble handling made it fun and zippy behind the wheel. Available all-wheel drive and a high-end cabin also earned the 2011 Kizashi points from auto critics. The Kizashi also has excellent safety scores.

The 2011 Kizashi’s main downside is that it has one of the lowest reliability ratings in the class. Another negative is that since the Kizashi is smaller than many rivals, shoppers who are looking for a spacious 2011 midsize car may not find enough room in the Kizashi’s cabin.

The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi comes with a four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is available on models with the CVT. The front-wheel drive Kizashi gets up to 23/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. The Kizashi S comes with push-button start and dual-zone climate control. When it was new, available features included a seven-speaker stereo with a USB port, Bluetooth, automatic headlamps, automatic windshield wipers, navigation and heated front seats. Standard safety equipment includes eight airbags (two more than most other midsize cars), anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Subaru Legacy is the closest competitor to the 2011 Kizashi. All-wheel drive is standard on the Legacy, and its larger frame means there’s more passenger and cargo space. The Legacy has more powertrain configurations, including a six-cylinder engine, which isn’t found on the Kizashi. Like the 2011 Kizashi, the 2011 Legacy has great safety scores, but it also has a better reliability rating.

If you’re considering the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi because it’s fun to drive, the 2011 Mazda6 should also be on your short list. When it was new, test drivers praised the Mazda6’s nimble handling and precise steering. With sleek lines and a sporty look, many critics also thought the Mazda6 was the best-looking car in its class. If you need more passenger and cargo space, the Mazda6 is the better choice.

Compare the Kizashi to the Legacy and Mazda6 »

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