You may not know about the Suzuki Kizashi — and if you did know about it, once, you probably don’t remember it. We’ve covered it before, and we’ve mentioned exactly what it is, but after a quick check of Autotrader listings, I’ve also realized it’s become a bit of a used car bargain.
First, a little Kizashi refresher. The Kizashi came out for the 2010 model and was sold through 2013, when the Suzuki brand folded up shop in North America. The Kizashi was a compact sedan, designed to compete with vehicles like the Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Jetta, and it had some benefits to it — like, for instance, the fact that it was offered with available all-wheel drive, which most rivals weren’t. Or how the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine made up to 185 horsepower, which was a healthy figure.
Top trim levels also included a surprising amount of luxury features (leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, memory seats) and safety features, as the Kizashi was offered with curtain side airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and an anti-skid system, none of which were as ubiquitous in 2010 as they are now. The Kizashi also came standard, in all trims, with a remote starter and dual-zone automatic climate control — two desirable features. And I happen to think it looked pretty nice, too.
But while the Kizashi was, when it was new, a decent competitor to other compact cars (except without their brand recognition), it became a bargain after Suzuki left — as is usual when an automaker leaves a market. Even the most expensive Kizashi models from the brand’s final model year, 2013, are under $10,000 on Autotrader — and they’re low-mileage examples with a lot of features. Early Kizashi models can be under $5,000, which is a bargain for a compact sedan from the modern era — especially considering the fall in used values is largely attributable not to a flaw with the car, but with the manufacturer leaving the U.S. market.
Of course, that’s not a small problem — and while parts availability seems to be fine now, it may not be in the future, meaning the Kizashi may not be a great buy for years to come. But right now, it seems to be a good bargain compared to other, similar compact cars — especially if you’re looking for AWD, a lot of features, or just a vehicle that stands out from the norm.