Pricing: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi

    Consumer Reports News: November 06, 2009 01:51 PM

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    The Suzuki Kizashi is set to enter into the competitive midsized sedan category with a starting price of just under $19,000. The base Kizashi S will be offered with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission for $18,999. The S will also have an available automatic CVT for $20,499 or all-wheel drive for $21,749. The entry-level version will offer a number of standard features including eight air bags, which include front, side, and curtain; stability control, ABS, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, and audio controls on the steering wheel.

    Suzuki forecasts the volume model will be the SE, available with a CVT and all-wheel drive. Additional features will include 17-inch tires on alloy wheels, and a power driver's seat with three-position memory. Prices will range from $21,499 to $22,749.

    The GTS is the sporty line available with a six-speed manual or performance-tuned CVT with steering wheel paddle shifters. Features include a premium audio system with 10 speakers, Bluetooth capability, 18-inch wheels, fog lights, and power moon roof. The GTS pricing starts at $22,499 and will top out at $24,849 for the AWD CVT.

    The top-of-the line SLS adds leather seats, power passenger seat, heated front seats, auto dimming rear-view mirror with a universal garage door opener, heated outside mirrors, automatic rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and rear proximity sensors with audible warning and visual display. Prices for the SLS range from $24,399 for FWD manual transmission to $26,749 for AWD CVT.

    All models regardless of trim will be powered by a 2.4-liter engine and add $735 for destination and handling.

    We recently drove the Kizashi GTS line and weren't impressed. We found the ride stiff and steering not very Euro inspiring as Suzuki has marketed. The interior was pleasing and seats decent.

    The Suzuki Kizashi will hit dealerships in December and we'll put it through the paces at our track in the coming months.

    Read our Suzuki Kizashi first impressions.

    Liza Barth 

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