Used 2013 Suzuki Kizashi Sedan
Suzuki Kizashi Sedan
A fine handling, economical and attractive mid-size sedan, the Kizashi couldn't save Suzuki's U.S. car division from bankruptcy.
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*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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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.
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)
The base 2013 Suzuki Kizashi's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $20,794. If features like an automatic transmission, power-adjustable seats, leather, premium audio, and sport-suspension tuning are important, you'll be moving up the Kizashi trim-level ladder, to SE, Sport GTS or Sport SLS packages. The SE and Sport GTS trims offer AWD, for about $1,500 extra. A top-of-the-line Sport SLS (AWD only) starts just under $30,000 and can be accessorized up past $33,000. At these prices, the mid-size Kizashi costs only a little more than compact sedans like the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and Chevrolet Cruze. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2013 Kizashi. In terms of holding their value over time, Suzuki vehicles tend not to do especially well, and with the company pulling out of the U.S. car market, bad resale value is now just about guaranteed.
Suzuki Kizashi Consumer Reviews
October 23, 2018
COOL CAR FOR THE $$$$$$
Amazing little car... Could be better with a factory turbo set up and a better feeling transmission
June 14, 2018
Very reliable car and great comfort for long trips
The Driving dynamics on this car is really nice . I would compare this car to more expensive sport sedan: In addition very comfortable
September 30, 2016
The Kazashi is the best cars I have ever owned.
I purchased my Suzuki Kizashi in 2010 and after 93,000 miles and the regular maintenance the car has been 100% reliable. I don't...
July 18, 2016
Luxury sedan for less! Best car ever owned
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...
Happy Kizashi Owner
April 12, 2016
Very reliable and Nice Looking Car
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;...
September 13, 2015
If you could live in it, I would!
Fast, nice revving sound, maneuverable, excellent brakes, quality interior, seats are firm but give great back support, Rockford Fosgate...
July 17, 2015
best car I've ever hammered relentlessly
Zero repairs; replaced spark plugs, brake rotors and pads one time, both headlamp bulbs, 4 license plate bulbs. And tires, lots of tires...
July 10, 2015
After 13 Cars I've found "The One"
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...
May 16, 2015
Very sharp design loaded with functionality.
This is a very unusual car and the styling is second to none in its class.
March 09, 2015
I really like this car, no regrets.
Bought this car, new and loaded (SLS), and have used it to commute. I've been putting 35K miles on it per year and never have had any...