Meet the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi

Written by lyricsmama on October 4, 2012 – 4:49 PM -

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi impressed me this time around. I reviewed the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi last year, and it was an OK car, I found it a little small, but the 2013 model seemed to impress me a little more than the earlier year.

We had plenty of space with our family of 4 inside the vehicle. My husband was able to sit comfortably in the passenger’s seat while my daughter still had plenty of leg room in the back seat. Both of the kids were comfortable and had ample room in the back. Although only 1 of my girls are still in a booster seat, I’m sure with a full size car seat there still would have been a lot of room back there. The back seats also provide a60/40 split-folding locking rear seats with rear armrest/center pass-through.

The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi comes equip with pairing for your phone via Bluetooth and it’s satellite radio ready. You’ll also find a sun roof, and radio controls and cruise controls on the steering wheel. Bluetooth Streaming Audio is also available, but I didn’t get a chance to check it out. There’s also an available USB port for your MP3 player.

One thing we didn’t find with the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi was a build in GPS/Navigation. We also did find that the phone pairing option was almost pointless as you had to dial out the number in full rather than just saying “Call Bob” and it dialing the number for you. Instead you would have to say “Dial 555-555-5555” then you would have to press the button to ‘pick up’ the phone, and again to ‘hang up’ it’s not really a full hands free system, something that needs to be fixed in my opinion to be a little more user friendly.

The Suzuki Sedan looks great, the control was good, although I felt that the Kizashi was a bit sensitive when it came to acceleration and breaking. Fuel economy was pretty good, Iaveraged about 26mpg doing city driving, and the cabin seemed quiet, although at times you could hear it rev up when you accelerated.  Climate control is automatic, or you can manually set it as well. You also have the option to have the driver and passenger sides controlled.

Front Wheel Drive, or All Wheel drive is available based on your road conditions. The Suzuki Kizashi also gives you ample trunk space, I was truly impressed with it as you didn’t expect so much space in this car when you’d first look at it.

In all, I really enjoyed driving around with the Kizashi, I do wish I had more time with the vehicle as I wasn’t able to drive it around as much as I had wanted to since my youngest ended up getting sick (hence no review from the girls this time).

Check out the technical specs below for more information, as well as my interior view of the car.  The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi starting MSRP is $19,999.

Exterior Dimensions
Overall length (in.) 183.1
Overall width (in.) 71.7
Overall height (in.) 58.3
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3
Front tread (in.) 61.6
Rear tread (in.) 61.6
Ground clearance (in.) 5.7

Capacities
Seating capacity 5
Fuel tank capacity (liters/gallons) 63 / 16.6

Powertrain
Engine type 2.4 liter, DOHC, inline 4 cylinder, 16-valve, digital fuel injection
Bore x stroke (in.) 3.62 x 3.54
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Fuel distribution Multiport Injection
Maximum output (HP and torque) MT Models 185 HP @ 6,500 RPM, 170 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Maximum output (HP and torque) CVT Models 180 HP @ 6,000 RPM, 170 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Maximum output (HP and torque) 170 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Final drive ratio, MT 4.117 —
Final drive ratio, AT — 5.798

Chassis
Steering Electronic power steering with rack & pinion
Suspension, front MacPherson strut and coil springs
Suspension, rear Multi-link
Brakes, front Vented disc
Brakes, rear Solid disc
Wheels 17″ Alloy 18″ Alloy
Spare wheel T145 / 90 D16 (for temporary use only)
Tires P215/55R17 P235/45R18
Tire Hazard Protection Trunk- Mounted Tire Inflation Kit Spare Tire

EPA Fuel Economy
City / Highway FWD MT Models 20 / 29
City / Highway FWD CVT Models 23 / 30
City / Highway AWD CVT Models 22 / 29

You can find out more information by visiting your local Suzuki dealer or suzukiauto.com.

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Taking A Roadtrip As A Family, Takes The Right Vehicle!

Written by lyricsmama on August 20, 2012 – 9:12 PM -

As you saw from my first post of our summer vacation, we were able to take a long with us another guest, the 2013 KIA Sorento, as you can see we had some packing issues, but once those were resolved and we were on the road, we were alllll good!

We spend the night in Georgia on our way to Florida, the 2013 KIA Sorento held up well with three adults, and 1 child and our luggage. My best friend occupied the back second row seat along with my youngest daughter, as my oldest daughter decided to tag along and ride with her grandparents. They had lots of room, and were very comfortable back there, even with my daughters booster seat.

The weather was HOTTER than HOT, but we were riding comfortably all the way to Florida and back thanks to the Sorento’s great air conditioning, that we could each set the temperature for as well, if I wanted it colder, and hubby wanted it not so cold, we could fix that with the dual climate controls.
All of the controls were right at your fingertips, from the windshield wipers, turn signals, Bluetooth, radio and cruise controls, everything within the drivers reach, so I never felt like I was trying to ‘navigate’ through the car to find things. I also loved that there were 2 preset’s that were able to be set for the driver’s seat. So, when I drove, I’d just hit the #1 and the seat, steering wheel, and side view mirrors were all set to where I set them when I was driving. If hubby was in the drivers seat, he’d simply press #2 and all settings would be for his preference. This was excellent since we’re very different in size. Another amazing thing about heading to Florida in the Sorento…. Cooled seats! That’s right, the drivers and passengers side seating had the ability to be cooled, or heated! The lumbar support was also great for the long ride.

As with most car’s these days, the 2013 KIA Sorento has a keyless entry and push button start. The satellite radio kept us alive during the ride. While the kids enjoyed Radio Disney on the way down, on the way back, us adults got to listen to some hits from the 90s and today on a variety of different XM and Sirus stations. Having the ability to contact our parents driving in the other vehicle was also made easier by the hands free connectivity with Bluetooth. An easy “Call Mom” after hitting the button instantly dialed them and connected them to us.

We used the GPS a few times while in Florida, it was very easy to use once we punched in the address we needed, and it gave directions clearly.

I loved the option of the 3rd row once we were unpacked. We were all able to go a lot of places with everyone together in one vehicle, however, it’s probably also one of my least favorite things about the car (if you remember our packing situation at first), if you need a 3rd row, and also need trunk space, I’d probably skip the Sorento, you just can’t have both.

Gas mileage was decent for a mid size SUV. We averaged about 26 MPG on the highway, which is what I expected. We didn’t do a whole lot of city driving so I couldn’t really give you a good gauge on if the 20 MPG city they claim the Sorento does is accurate or not.

The 2013 KIA Sorento is a great car! For a family of 4 it’s perfect, any larger, I’d be a little weary about it because of the trunk space or lack there of. Take a peek at the video below to check out the interior.

We had a great time on vacation, and with the KIA Sorento, if I had the chance, would I drive it again? Own it? Take one on vacation?  Probably, even with the space issues aside it drove well, kept us comfortable and got us to where we needed to be all in one space!  See what the girls thought below.

You can visit the KIA website to find specifications about the 2013 KIA Sorento or to find a local KIA dealer near you where you can test drive and check one out in person.

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Family Vacation – Day 1

Written by lyricsmama on August 9, 2012 – 9:23 AM -

5am alarm… Time to get up!! Time to load up the 2013 KIA Sorento with our luggage and we’re on the way, except there’s one problem….SPACE!!!

The KIA Sorento comes equip with 3rd row seating, however, small, but easily my two kids could fit back there, the only downfall, is that with 3 adults, 2 kids and a dog, lifting up the 3rd row, means loosing trunk space. Unfortunately with the Sorento you need to decide, do you want the extra seating, or do you want the trunk space. With the 3rd row up for seating, all I could get into the trunk area was a case of pop, 2 reusable grocery bags, and some shoes. That wasn’t going to fly!

We had decided that since the 2013 KIA Sorento does have roof racks, we’d store all of our luggage on top, but my oldest daughter fixed the situation for us by asking to ride with her Grandparents! GREAT!! The 3rd row can stay down, and now we have PLENTY of trunk space for all of our luggage. The 2nd row bench fits my youngest daughter in her booster seat, my dog in the middle and one adult (my best friend) on the end. Lots of room for everyone!

Gas along the way wasn’t too bad, the highest we’ve encountered so far was $3.49, to fill up, the 2013 KIA Sorento at that price is probably about $55. I’ve been keeping the car topped up whenever we see a cheap price though so no real fill up for me, close but not to empty. Although it’s been pretty hot and humid outside, everyone in the Sorento has been nice and cool! The back seat has their own A/C, the front seat has their own A/C and even the passenger can adjust their own setting so if hubby is too hot or too cold, he can change his side while I enjoy the cool breeze at my set 70 degrees.

We headed out on the road, for an almost 12 hour ride. Florida the destination, and being 18 hours away, we decided we should stop for the night, so we made plans to stop in Locust Grove Georgia at the Red Roof Inn. Where I’m now writing you from. The Red Roof Inn was chosen because they’re pet friendly!! They accept all pets, any size for NO EXTRA FEE!! And this is a NexGen Red Roof Inn meaning it’s been renovated and its BEAUTIFUL!

It’s 5am, everyone’s asleep, and I’m awake… maybe I’m just excited because today, we make the 7 or so hour trek down to Florida and start our Disney Vacation!!!! A 12 hr drive alone, you’d think I’d be tired out of my mind. Its been a smooth comfortable ride though, and I’m ready to head out and start my day!  Onward to Florida for some Disney Fun, Sun and maybe all the adults will get to play some Gala Bingo while we’re down there, Florida is infamous for Bingo games isn’t it?  My mom would be thrilled as it’s one of her guilty pleasures…

Wish us luck and safe travels, we’re on our way!!!

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