When you're shopping for a reliable family sedan, which brands are the first to come to mind? Toyota? Honda? Ford? How about Suzuki? If you haven't considered the Suzuki Kizashi, you might just get the opportunity to see one up close on their road show.
Suzuki is currently on an 8-city road show, visiting festivals, concerts, and auto shows to show consumers the power of the Suzuki brand. The road show is designed to give the consumer a hands-on experience with the current lineup of vehicles, as well as display their future concept vehicles. This road show also brings the star of their current TV commercial, a very comfortable motorized couch. Consumers are also able to touch and feel different interior components of other competitors, and take a test to see if they know which one is Suzuki.
They recently made their second stop at the Pittsburgh International Car Show and Vintage Grand Prix. The car show hosted a concours of vintage cars from pre-war classics to tomorrow's classic cars, as well as the only street legal vintage car race in the United States. Here consumers were able to test drive the Suzuki Kizashi and some of its toughest competitors, ranging from the Hyundai Sonata to the Audi A4.
For 2011, the Kizashi comes in four trims. The base S trim starts at $18,999, with a choice of either a six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission. The S model is packed with a host of standard features including Sport Seats, USB Input, sports-tuned suspension, and it earns 31 mpg on the highway. When you step it up to the SE trim, the Kizashi comes standard with upgraded 18-inch low profile wheels. The Sport GLS gets a more aggressive look with an upgraded front bumper and grille fascia with aero body kit, rear spoiler and an upgraded Rockford Fosgate sound system. The top-level Sport SLS AWD model starts at $27,299. With it, you get leather seats, a sunroof, upgraded sports tuned suspension and the competence of an all wheel drive system for inclement weather. All trim levels come with your choice of front wheel or all wheel drive systems.
The rest of the Suzuki lineup of consists of the SX4 compact sedan and hatchback, the Grand Vitara midsize SUV and the Equator pickup truck. The SX4 comes in 3 different body style variations, a sedan, wagon, and a crossover. The entry level SX4 Sport S sedan starts at $16,479 and gets 32 mpg on the highway, while the top of the line SX4 AWD Crossover starts at $19,349 with an automatic transmission. The Grand Vitara with a manual transmission starts at $19,299, and the range-topping Limited 4WD models can be loaded at nearly $26,000. Finishing the lineup is the Equator. The Equator, which is based on the Nissan Frontier platform, is offered in extended cab and crew cab configurations. You can choose between four cylinder and six cylinder engines, as well as whether you'd prefer rear or four-wheel drive.
To get a hands on experience with Suzuki, check out the next road show in your area. The road shows will continue throughout the summer and fall. . Planned road show destinations include a Tour of Elk Grove (Chicago, IL), Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Altamont County Fair (NY), and the Champlain Valley Fair (VT).. Check out http://www.kizashikicksroadshow.com/ for more information.