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2012 Suzuki Kizashi SE

2012 Suzuki Kizashi Review

(0 Stars)  An exceptional sleeper.

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Overview
It's not your typical flagship, but the Kizashi, which was brand-new for 2010, comfortably fits that role for Suzuki, and it successfully erases bad memories of the mid-size Suzukis that preceded it. Along with the SX4 family, the Kizashi gives Suzuki a solid -- if small -- lineup of refreshingly fun-to-drive cars to accompany its rugged off-road vehicles and rocketlike motorcycles. The Kizashi was originally slated to receive V-6 and hybrid powertrains from business partner GM, but that deal fell through and Suzuki entered a corporate marriage with Volkswagen to provide turbocharged and hybrid engines for the Kizashi. It looks like the VW partnership is over, too, however, so the model will likely soldier on indefinitely with the current 2.4-liter four-cylinder. That engine is fine, but horsepower and technology junkies probably won't be satisfied with it. Buyers who want all-wheel drive, power seats, or a sunroof must forgo the slick, standard six-speed manual in favor of the CVT. Four trim levels run the gamut from the well-equipped, under-$20,000 S model to the Sport SLS flagship, which can be filled with leather, navigation, and a powerful audio system that will stream tunes from your iPod via a Bluetooth connection. The Sport prefix on GTS and SLS models means the cars include a spoiler, eighteen-inch wheels, a body kit, and other appearance upgrades. The Kizashi is the pride of Suzuki's car lineup, and the company has been promoting it quite heavily, so keep an eye out for sales promotions to sweeten the deal even more.

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2012 Kizashi SE Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 23 MPG city, 30 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 432 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
16.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 180 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 170 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

'12 Suzuki SE Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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