They, and many auto publications, do. They saw the car for what it was as an interesting and surprisingly enjoyable to drive sedan among common offerings that were more like transportation appliances in comparison.
It looked, drove, and felt better than many expected so it was considered the hidden gem among those who bothered to even pay attention. Car enthusiasts typically like these sorts of hidden gems among the sea of common and predictable models.
The odd thing about the article is that it talks about popular used cars though the Kizashi certainly isn't one but it's one Jalop writers and readers occasionally mention as a great used car to get for cheap... If you can find one.
The topic of Suzuki vehicles was also recently in another Jalop article regarding the Swift. https://jalopnik.com/i-am-still-mad-we-never-got-the-2005-suzuki-swift-sport-1830162248