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2013 Suzuki Kizashi

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2013 Suzuki Kizashi Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.3

*Important Note: Please be aware that Suzuki has filed for bankruptcy protection and is shutting down its car business in the U.S.

The 2013 Kizashi is modern and distinctive, and it is the top offering in a model lineup that is otherwise rather lean and aging. Introduced as a 2010 model, the Kizashi was meant to rejuvenate Suzuki's U.S. auto division. With Suzuki's recent bankruptcy filing and its decision to stop sell cars in America, that rejuvenation turned out to be a dream. Nevertheless, the Kizashi represents a genuine bright spot for the automaker. Available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the 5-passenger Kizashi has a budget-friendly price and offers solid handling, power and fuel economy in a package that looks good on the inside and great on the outside.

You'll Like This Car If...

Between its expressive styling and relative scarcity, the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi stands out from the mid-size economy- sedan crowd. Available all-wheel drive is a smart option for those who live or travel in the snow states.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Suzuki is pulling out of the U.S. Regardless of how good a car or its warranty may be, without a dealership network behind it, the customer can end up losing out when it comes to service and repairs.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi gets a new optional navigation and infotainment system, and the included equipment and driveline choices on the four trim levels are shuffled to rationalize the number of combinations on offer.

Driving the Kizashi
Driving Impressions

On the road, the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi feels solid, comfortable and relatively refined for a car of this price. Despite what those big tailpipes might promise, the Kizashi is not...

... especially quick, posting 0-60-mph times of around eight or nine seconds depending on the transmission – about average among 4-cylinder mid-size sedans. Though very slightly slower, the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) actually works quite well in the Kizashi, which is a good thing since it's now the only transmission available in all trim levels above the base model. Suzuki's available "intelligent all-wheel-drive" lets a driver easily switch between front-drive and an AWD mode that can split the driving torque 50/50 between the front and rear wheels for superior traction. The Kizashi provides commendable driving dynamics while also offering pleasant around-town comfort and decent operating efficiency.

SIZE AND CARGO CAPACITY
At 183.1 inches in length, the 2013 Kizashi is larger than most compact sedans but smaller than those in the mid-size category. This in-between size pays off with increased rear-seat legroom and generous cargo capacity in an easy-to-park package.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Rare among cars of this price and size, the AWD option adds an extra measure of driving confidence by giving additional grip on any road surface. For those living where it snows, it's another reason to put the Kizashi on your consideration list.

2013 Suzuki Kizashi Details
2013 Suzuki Kizashi photo Interior

The Kizashi's interior is a bit conservative, but the cabin is still inviting, nicely finished and cleanly laid out. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and rear legroom is reasonable for a car of this size. Among the highlights is the nice tactile feel of the Suzuki's controls, such as the steering-wheel-mounted audio functions. The trunk is spacious for this class, and the split rear seatback folds for added capacity and flexibility.

Exterior
2013 Suzuki Kizashi photo

One of the finer aspects of the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi is its styling. An aggressive look sets it apart from the popular yet more sedate sedans it competes with. A forward-leaning stance, large honeycomb grille, short rear overhang, and a pair of large trapezoidal tailpipes give the Kizashi a sporty appearance. Sport GTS and Sport SLS versions sit slightly lower to the ground, ride on 18-inch alloy wheels (17s are standard on base and SE), and have an even sleeker profile.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even the base 2013 Suzuki Kizashi comes comfortably equipped now (it didn't even have a radio last year) with dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat vents, keyless entry with pushbutton start, power windows and locks, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, and eight air bags, all for right around $20,000.

Optional Equipment

All-wheel drive can be added to the SE and Sport GTS (it's standard on the Sport SLS and no longer offered on the base model). Other ways to spruce up the Kizashi include a 10-speaker, 425-watt Rockford Fosgate AM/FM/CD audio system with subwoofer, navigation system, Bluetooth streaming audio, leather seating, redwood dash trim, rear sonar-based parking assist, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Skiers will appreciate not only the rear-seat pass-through, but the optional ski bag to keep the interior clean and dry.

Under the Hood

All Kizashi models are powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that runs on regular unleaded gasoline. Both 6-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions are available, as well as both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, but the choices have been limited this year: Only the base Kizashi offers the manual gearbox, and only with FWD. All other Kizashi trim levels are automatic-only now, with the SE and Sport GTS offering a choice of FWD and AWD. The top-line Sport SLS is AWD only. In any of these configurations, the 2.4 provides decent thrust for getting up to speed and for passing, but it's not exactly a tarmac burner. Overall performance is about average among sedans of similar size and price.

2.4-liter inline-4
185 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm (manual transmission)
180 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (CVT automatic transmission)
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg (manual, FWD), 23/30 mpg (automatic, FWD), 22/29 mpg (automatic, AWD)

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2013 Suzuki Kizashi Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 64 Ratings for the 2010 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Luxury sedan for less! Best car ever owned

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "AWDi system, Rockford fosgate 425 watts, size"

Cons: "Fuel economy not very good in city/traffic"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I owned a few cars in my life (two Audi A4, Acura TSX, etc.) and this is the best car by a good margin. The handling is top notch, very reliable, audio system is incredible (same as BOSE quality), the look makes heads turn, etc. No issues yet (40k miles). I have an habit of changing car every 2 or 3 years, but I am planning on keeping this one for another 6 years (10 years total)...that is how I like it...especially how unique it is."

Very reliable and Nice Looking Car

By on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 151,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, high value, top safety rate"

Cons: "No rear camera, poor MPG,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"14 months ago I decided to buy a Kizashi, something that I wanted since the Kizashi was launched. I bought a 2010 SLS with 144000 miles; inside still looks like new and outside it has only some light scratches and dings due to flying objects. Other than regular maintenance, no repairs at all and still runs very strong with an average of 27 MPG combined. Recently I switched to royal purple oil for high mileage engines and MPG is going up, I estimate 29 MPG and runs smoother. I definitely recommend this car. I got it for $5600.00 and I am pretty sure that it will run flawlessly for several years to come. There is no need to pay 20, 30 or even 40 thousand dollars for a new car."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

If you could live in it, I would!

By on Sunday, September 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Beautiful, quality car"

Cons: "service network?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fast, nice revving sound, maneuverable, excellent brakes, quality interior, seats are firm but give great back support, Rockford Fosgate 450 W. sound system kicks and I can play my music on the phone thru Bluetooth, distinctive looks, stands out in a crowd even with far more expensive vehicles, gets looks and compliments and unfortunately tickets. Paid $12.000 for it and it is still worth that retail. May have collector value since this top of the line vehicle is no longer sold in the USA. The only complaint I have is that both front plastic seat bottom liner brackets have broken off and had to be retrofitted. Oh and watch out when you have to change the headlight bulb. You have to drop the entire plastic front end but it is easier than it sounds and there are videos on line."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

The car has treated me well. Worth the money.

By on Saturday, August 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Price, good looking car, cheap on gas."

Cons: "Small interior, could be more luxuries inside"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"If you are looking for a roomy car....then this is not it. No great if you have a big family. The back seat is not that roomy. In town mileage is not so hot, however the highway mileage is impressive. The car looks good though from the outside and has a bit of a sporty edge to it in my opinion. I would recommend to someone as a great starter car that looks good and has some needed luxuries on the inside that you would expect, but it is not over the top....don't be expecting a benz on the inside."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

best car I've ever hammered relentlessly

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 164,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "handling ride MPG cabin comfort quiet reliability"

Cons: "sluggish off the line; no cheap gofast parts; low"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

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"Zero repairs; replaced spark plugs, brake rotors and pads one time, both headlamp bulbs, 4 license plate bulbs. And tires, lots of tires. That's it. No belts or hoses or battery or struts or shocks or nothing; nothing. Absolutely stunning ownership experience, my best ever (bought my first new car in 1974, and been piling on miles ever since). Best. Ever."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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After 13 Cars I've found "The One"

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Paddle shifters, power everything, memory seats"

Cons: "Mileage - Averages about 28MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this car in 2014 after going through a serious midlife crisis with a souped up Toyota FJ Cruiser. Now When I say this car has it all - I am serious - This car has it all! I took the test drive, played with the paddle shifters, jacked the bass up on the 10inch sub that comes stock and let the good times roll. So far I've driven this car from Milwaukee, WI to Nebraska - Let me just say - I drank 4 redbulls set the cruise control to 80 MPH and I covered that distance in 7.5 hours - ABSOLUTELY amazing and fun to drive - this car moves. If you know anything about downshifting gears it'll get you off the line with a chirp - LOVE IT!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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