Kizashi - Thoughts after 4 years of ownership
October 24, 2014
I call this car "The best little car no one has ever heard of". I own the 2010 SLS AWD version of the vehicle, purchased new.
Pros: Loaded with features like AWD, sunroof, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers. Drives very well - I've been commuting 75 miles a day in it for a year with a bad back and little discomfort. AWD gives GREAT traction in the rain and snow. Plenty of room in the trunk and the seating areas. Easy to maneuver and park. Responsive engine and transmission.
Cons: THIN paint - look at it wrong and it chips and scratches. AWD REQUIRED in rain for proper traction. Tires that came with vehicle worn out in 20k miles of normal highway driving. Impossible to replace headlamp bulb in driver's side without $250 visit to dealership. Since this is an "orphan" car, dealership is staffed by rejects from other car lots that the owner cannot fire for one reason or another and service suffers for it.
Would I buy again? Yes, only if I lived in the alternate universe where Suzuki remained making cars in the US. Otherwise, I'd not bother.