Believe it or not, the Kizashi won its midsize car category, but was also the highest rated of all 2010 vehicles in the 14th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, scoring 99 points above the industry average to place first overall.
“This is an amazing win for Suzuki,” said George Peterson, AutoPacific’s president, in the press release. “The Kizashi is Suzuki’s most important vehicle, and this performance in our research is exceptional.”
This is indeed good news for Suzuki, as the brand has been facing quality issues and low sales for years. The SX4, which debuted in 2007, was the first real sign of new life in the company, and now the Kizashi seems to have hit the ball out of the park. I’ve driven the new sedan and was incredibly impressed by it, and have yet to read a negative review.
AutoPacific rates vehicles in 48 different categories relating to various areas of the ownership experience, and overall results are based on the firm’s polling of over 42,000 new-vehicle owners during the first few months of ownership.
The 2010 Lincoln MKT was the highest-rated vehicle among trucks and SUVs.