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Suzuki rolls out full-sized Kizashi
Cabral Chrysler Jeep Dodge Suzuki Sales Associate Marty Steves shows off the stylish 2010 Suzuki Kizashi. - photo by DENNIS WYATT
They started with subcompact sedans aimed at motorists who were trying to get the best bang for their buck when it came to rising fuel costs.

And it didn’t take long for the company to add a line of four-wheel drives with an available Global Positioning Device that could be taken out and used for hiking and outdoor navigation that was the first of its kind included in a new vehicle.

And now, Suzuki is hoping to break into a completely new market with the full-sized Kizashi sedan. It is a segment that had traditionally been dominated by other foreign imports with strong brand loyalty and large market share.

The stylish design, unique features, and value of the Kizashi, however, might just be changing that.

“With this model Suzuki is offering a top-of-the-line style model for far less money than its competitors – and that’s going to attract a lot of attention,” said Cabral Sales Associate Marty Steves. “People are finding that we’re offering top quality, more features, and a better warranty for less money, and that’s something that you just don’t find everyday.
“When people see what the Kizashi has and what it’s capable of doing, they’ll be more than impressed.”

A well-equipped model for under $21,5000 gives buyers a stylish four-door ride that has more of a European flair than something somebody would expect from the big Asian auto producers.

Smart technology like rain sensing windshield wipers and intelligent all-wheel drive make it a prime candidate for a trip up to the slopes. The combination of a performance-tuned continuously variable transmission with a steering-wheel mounted paddle shifter and a 2.4-liter 185-horsepower aluminum engine makes pushing down on that gas pedal more fun than ever.

But protecting the precious cargo inside is something that Suzuki also takes great pride in.
Eight standard airbags and Akebono brake components (the same company that supplies Japan’s bullet train) only enhance the electronic stability and traction control program.

Stylish features like dual chrome-plated exhaust and 18-inch alloy wheels will turn more than a few heads, and for audiophiles, an available 425-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with both iPod and USB compatibility makes the Kizashi a concert hall on wheels.

And AutoWeek said that the Kizashi was the “best handling and most composed front-wheel drive sedan we’ve driven.”

“It’s a car that has the total package, and people like to by things locally and know that they’re able to have them serviced locally,” Steves said. “Throw all of those factors together and you get one amazing car in the Kizashi.”

Cabral Chrysler Jeep Dodge Suzuki is located at 1145 W. Yosemite Ave. For more information, or to schedule a test-drive, give them a call at 823-1148, or visit them on the web at