2013 Suzuki Kizashi Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 13, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Optional navigation system is new for 2013
  • Last year of model's availability in the United States
  • Long menu of standard features
  • Option packages have been rearranged
  • Available all-wheel drive

Introduction

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi is a small-to-midsize sedan that seats 5. It's available in four trim levels and in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD), depending on the version. Suzuki has stopped selling vehicles in the United States as a result of a reorganization due to bankruptcy, so this model may be difficult to find. The Suzuki Kizashi is generously featured at the base level; the SE, Sport GTS, and Sport SLS trim levels are also available. A navigation system has been added to the lineup of options for 2013. The Suzuki Kizashi competes with the Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, Subaru Legacy, and others.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi is available in white, red, black, blue, or silver. The Kizashi features 17-inch wheels on the standard model, four doors and full power accessories including power-folding exterior mirrors, and rear air vents. Automatic headlights and keyless entry are standard. The Sport GTS trim level upgrades to 18-inch wheels, and adds a rear spoiler, sport body kit, fog lights, and a sunroof.
        

Interior Features

Standard interior features on the base model include dual-zone climate control, push-button start, steering-wheel audio controls, power windows, power door locks, front and rear cupholders, manual-tilt steering wheel, various storage areas, cloth upholstery in black or beige, front bucket seats with 6-way driver's seat adjustment and 4-way passenger seat adjustment, 60/40-split rear seats, and a sound system. The SE trim level adds cruise control, power memory driver's seat, and a premium Rockford Fosgate sound system. The Sport GTS trim level adds paddle shifters to the automatic transmission, a sportier suspension for a ride height that's 10mm lower (and gives a slightly stiffer feel), sport steering wheel, leather-wrapped gearshift and brake lever, and Bluetooth audio, with Bluetooth phone connectivity optional. The Sport SLS trim level features leather upholstery (available as an option on the Sport GTS), with AWD, automatic wipers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The trunk offers 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Optional Features

Many of the upgrades offered at the upper trim levels are available as options on the lower trims, individually or as part of a package. Some accessories are offered as individual items, including body-side molding accents, floor and cargo mats, and a trunk sub-floor organizer.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi is powered by a 2.4-liter, 185-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 lb.-ft. of torque, mated with a 6-speed manual transmission and FWD on the base trim, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) on the upper trim levels. All-wheel drive is optional on the two middle trim levels and standard on the Kizashi Sport SLS.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi are:

  • Kizashi with manual transmission: 21/31/25 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Kizashi with automatic transmission and FWD: 23/30/26 mpg
  • Kizashi with automatic transmission and AWD: 22/29/25 mpg

Safety

Standard safety features of note on the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, full-length side curtain air bags, and front side air bags.

No safety ratings are yet available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi a "Good" rating--its highest--in frontal-offset and side-impact tests, and an "Acceptable" rating in its roof strength test.
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