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2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS (photos)

For the 2011 model year, Suzuki is back, this time with a Sport badge on its Kizashi.

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Antuan Goodwin
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The Suzuki Kizashi returns for the 2011 model year with a more aggressive look and a Sport badge.
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The Kizashi Sport's handing has been modestly improved for better responsiveness, but she's still no canyon carver.
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Most of the Kizashi Sport's upgrades over the S come in the form of body work, chrome bright work, and the 18-inch wheels.
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The Kizashi's 2.4-liter gasoline engine remains unchanged and still outputs 170-horsepower.
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Highway fuel economy is down from last year by 2 mpg. City mpg remains unchanged.
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The Kizashi's massive dual exhaust system screams of a sportiness that its engine simply can't back up.
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The Kizashi's interior is well put together with powered and heated leather seats at the Sport SLS trim level. However, its look just doesn't scream "luxury" as loudly as it does "dark!"
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Steering wheel controls for volume and cruise control (not pictured) are intuitively placed and accessed.
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This massive subwoofer is the centerpiece of the 425-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system.
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There's not much information relayed by the Sport's instrument cluster, but what is there is easy to read.
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The six-speed manual transmission is easily the most fun part of the Kizashi's driving experience. Shifter engagement is positive, but gates could use a bit more definition.
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Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming are standard at the SLS trim level. However, should you spec navigation on your Kizashi, you will lose the audio streaming functionality.
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Hands-free calling is basic in function with voice commands for initial setup and the ability to assign voice tags to manually stored phone numbers. However, automatic address book sync and true voice-activated dialing are missing from this system.
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USB connectivity for audio playback is also standard on Kizashi Sport models.
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However, with only a two-line dot matrix display, you won't be able to see very much track metadata at any given time.

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