With the new 2011 Kizashi Sport, Suzuki boldly challenges the otherwise sleepy midsize sedan segment. The Kizashi, the automaker’s first all-wheel-drive sport sedan, delivers a unique blend of dynamic performance attributes, premium design aesthetics and craftsmanship yet to be experienced in the high-volume midsize category.
New for 2011, Suzuki adds a Sport trim to the GTS and SLS models, with a host of external and internal modifications that include a more muscular front fascia (with chrome accents) and lower grille; body side sill extensions; lower body side molding with chrome accents; a trunk mounted spoiler; custom lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels appropriate to a flagship vehicle and typical of more expensive sport sedans; a unique sport steering wheel and contrasting stitching on its leather seats, shift boot and parking brake boot.
The 2011 Kizashi is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The responsive inline four is connected to a six-speed manual transmission for heightened performance in the low gears. Also available is a performance-tuned CVT.
Driving enthusiasts will appreciate Kizashi’s sporty, elegant and informative instrument panel, while consumers seeking a luxury sedan will be pleased with the vehicle’s available leather seating and premium quality materials rivaling those of upscale competitors.
Base model estimated mpg: 21/31
Estimated starting price: $23,000
Compiled by Motor Matters

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