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The Daily Drivers: Second look | By Peter Couture and Lyra Solochek, Times Staff Writers

The Daily Drivers: Suzuki's Kizashi Sport packs fun

Appearance: The Kizashi Sport adds a few touches — an aero kit and sport wheels — to give it a more athletic look. Our tester came with a roof rack, which takes away from the overall streamlined look. The exhaust tips are sculpted into the rear bumpers for a finished look.

Performance: The 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is the same as the other Kizashi trims. It's more than adequate, especially with the light and easy-to-shift 6-speed manual transmission. We haven't tested the available Continuous Variable Transmission, but we'd prefer the manual for the fun factor. The lightweight Kizashi Sport's ride is spirited with its sport-tuned suspension, which reduces the ride height by 10 millimeters. A few more horses would have been nice. All-wheel drive is available, but FWD is just fine with us.

Interior: The cabin is full of upper-end features, including keyless entry and push-button start, heated seats, 10-way driver's seat, three-setting seat memory, park assist, rear vents and Bluetooth phone connection. Other features include power sunroof , heated exterior mirrors, auto rain sensing wipers, and auto lights. The 10-speaker 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, with iPod and MP3 USB ports, drowned out road noise for an enjoyable ride.

The Suzuki Kizashi left a good impression with us when we first reviewed it last year. The elegant sedan with affordable luxury now has a Sport version that adds a bit of fun to the ride.

2011 Kizashi Sport SLS

Price:$18,999 base start, $25,304 as tested

Powertrain: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, 6-speed manual transmission,

FWD

Horsepower:

185 at 6,500 rpm

Torque: 170 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm

Curb weight: 3,241 pounds

Dimensions

in inches:

Wheelbase, 106.3

Length, 183.1

Width, 71.7

Fuel economy:

20 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway

Website:

suzukiauto.com/kizashi

The Daily Drivers: Suzuki's Kizashi Sport packs fun 05/11/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:30am]
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