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The Suzuki Kizashi Is a Compact Car Bargain

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.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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