8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2012 Suzuki Kizashi Review

Though many midsize cars have roomier back seats, critics were pleased with the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi’s agile handling and top-notch interior materials.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Back seat lacks legroom

2012 Suzuki Kizashi Overview

Reviewers said the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi’s four-cylinder engine delivers adequate acceleration. The Kizashi is available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. Critics liked both, but some thought the Kizashi felt a bit faster with the manual. All-wheel drive is available, which is unusual in this class. A base Kizashi with a CVT gets an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. Test drivers wrote that the Kizashi offers nimble handling, with well-controlled body lean and steering that is nicely weighted, accurate and communicative. Critics said the Kizashi also has a comfortable ride, even over bumpy pavement.

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi has a more sophisticated interior design and nicer interior materials than they were expecting. They added that first-rate fabrics and solid build quality contribute to the overall appeal of the interior. Most reviewers said the Kizashi’s front and rear seats are large enough for most passengers, but some noted that rear-seat legroom is lacking. At 13.3 cubic feet, the Suzuki Kizashi’s trunk is one of the smallest in the class. Standard features in the Kizashi include dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start. Available features include leather upholstery, Bluetooth, a USB port, navigation, a sunroof, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

Other Cars to Consider

Critics said the 2012 Ford Fusion has a powerful available V6, and they appreciated its crisp handling. Reviewers said the Fusion features high-quality interior materials and plenty of passenger space in the front and rear. When it was new, the Fusion won both our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families award and our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for the Money award.

Automotive journalists liked the 2012 Nissan Altima’s smooth ride, responsive steering and good cornering ability, as well as the power from its available V6 engine. They also said the Altima has high-quality cabin materials, and they added that its audio and climate controls are among the most user-friendly in the class.

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