A premiere shot of the Suzuki Kizashi midsize sedan at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan
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The Suzuki Kizashi was a midsize sedan model produced and sold by the Suzuki Motor Corporation. The Kizashi was a successor to the Suzuki Verona (a rebadged Daewoo Magnus) and was noted as an immense value vehicle, packing in plenty of performance capability, safety, and standard features for a budget price.

Kizashi is an anglicized Japanese word that means “something great is coming”. The model first appeared as several concept vehicles that premiered at various auto shows in 2007 and 2008. Eventually, a production version of the Suzuki Kizashi was revealed in the U.S. in 2009 and sold later that year, first in Japan and then in North America. Over the next few years, the Kizashi began sales in additional markets, including Australia, New Zealand, India, and Iran.

Despite high levels of customer satisfaction, the Kizashi nameplate was discontinued in the United States in 2013 due to low sales. Other markets followed with its removal over the next few years. During its short run, the Kizashi competed against the Chevy Cruze, the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla, and the Volkswagen Jetta.

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  • 2013 Suzuki Kizashi (Starting MSRP $20,794)
  • Pros: The Suzuki Kizashi midsize sedan provides its driver and passengers with responsive handling and transmission options, a high-quality interior cabin, available all-wheel drive, and plenty of standard features. All in all, it’s a great value ride for its price tag.
  • Cons: The worst part about the Kizashi is that it’s no longer sold in the U.S. Additionally, its fuel economy ratings were very average and had less legroom than its competition.
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