This is the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport. Now, tacking Sport onto an existing model either means a legitimate increase in performance, or more often, just a snazzy trim package. Unfortunately, this Kizashi Sport is the later.

But once we got over our initial disappointment, we came to appreciate the upgrades, which include a more aggressive front fascia with a Jaguar R-type chainmail grille insert, ground effects with chrome trim along the flanks, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a rear lip spoiler. The Kizashi’s unique exhaust cutouts in the rear fascia already looked pretty sporty, so no need for alterations here.

And, there is a small boost in oomph from under the hood. Five horsepower for a total of 185 from the willing, if buzzy, 2.4-liter I-4. The bump in output is allowed by a new six-speed manual transmission. Throws are a bit long, and the clutch is equally soft. Still, the manual does make the Sport feel much peppier than our long term CVT Kizashi.

Once under way, the Kizashi Sport feels very solid.  It also turns in a little more eagerly than our long termer, which is due to both a 10mm lower ride height, and our Sport’s lack of all wheel drive. 

Inside, there’s some nice contrasting stitching on the leather seats and shifter boot, and a different covering on the steering wheel. Other than that, it’s the same competent Kizashi that did so well in our mid-size sedan drive off earlier this year.

“The Kizashi is a fun little family car, if a bit rough around the edges.  And while its styling already made it stand out in the segment, with the Sport, it stands out even more.” – Brian Robinson

The Sport package is available on Kizashi GTS and SLS, so expect to shell out at least $23,000. And you can get your Sport in either front- or all-wheel drive.


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  • 2.4-liter I-4:
  • 185 horsepower:
  • Starts around $23,000: