Roadshow Video Reviews
2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLSIt won't put Suzuki on the map, but it will keep it from being blown into the weeds.
-Of the big Japanese bike makers, 2 made the jump to cars, Honda ended up rewriting the entire company, Suzuki is still best know for bikes, at least in the US, not good. To find out why, let's drive the 2011 Kizashi Sport SLS and check the tech. The Kizashi that means omen or something by the way, slots at the top of a sort of ragtag Suzuki line up. All the other cars are variants of the SX4. There is the pump less named the Grand Vitara SUV and something called the Equator, a pick up truck I've never even heard of until I began riding this. Suzuki got absolutely killed in the recession over the last couple of years and the Kizashi launched right in the teeth of that has been a slow seller. The car makes huge strides though in terms of what a Suzuki looks like. It says cool, urban, moderately fast, sort of furious, and that's important because when you're trying to get people who might not even be sure you still make cars to consider buying one, you need to get their attention from the outside and fast. You'll never get them inside the car or the dealer showroom otherwise. -At the end of the road, you realized the Suzuki looks a lot more [unk] than it actually is, which is not a slam. It's just got a real macho kind of a boy racer look and it's not bad. Power comes on just fine a little bit weak in the torque, nice fairly broad middle torque fan in the middle, and it runs out of brass a little bit higher out, you know, its kinda like an everyday car, but well done by today's standards. I'm really fond of the clutch and gear box combination. [unk]. If you haven't driven a stick in a long time or maybe never had, this actually be a good choice. This car is very forgiving to drive, which doesn't mean it's got training wheels, it's just got a very happy clutch out take and gear box negotiation, not too short, not too fussy, a bit of a long [unk] to 5 and 6, but not bad. Whenever you get your head snapped back, but I'm okay with that because the tradeoff feature got a nice compliant car overall, very tractable on the sitting, compliant ride everyday without being too wallow. It does get a bit lefty in the corners, but you know the price you pay for a compliant ride at this price points without an active suspension. You gotta have 1 the other or something that is a balance in the middle. It's an extra fine little car, it has about a 3 series car because it doesn't cost anywhere near with the 3 series does, but for the price, you get a nice balance of performance everyday tractability. Fair, I think a descent looks, but the body does price.