Intro: The Suzuki Grand Vitara offers those living an active lifestyle a fun yet practical compact sport utility. Available in Base, Premium, XSport, and Limited, the 2010 Grand Vitara displays crisp lines and abrupt drop-offs that give it a tall presence for a compact sport utility.
The base engine for the Grand Vitara is a 166 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4, while the uprated engine is a 230 horsepower 3.2-liter V6. Power is sent to the rear wheels or available four wheels drive through a 4-speed automatic transmission. The smaller engine is available with a 5-speed manual, sending power to the rear wheels.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: Our test model came equipped with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, the up-rated engine, and leather seating including heated front seats. The 60/40 split fold rear seat handily folds up against the front seat while the dual 12-volt power outlets in the center console further complement the Grand Vitara's versatility.
The base stereo is a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 unit with XM satellite radio capability. Those selecting the uprated stereo will get a 6-speaker system with auxiliary inputs, and speed-sensing volume adjustment.
An incredibly useful option is the removable touchscreen navigation system. No longer limited to the car, you can take this NAV unit with you on out-of-the car jaunts or simply keep it safe at home when you're not in the Grand Vitara.
Safety: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability program, traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, and front and side impact airbags.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara $19,099. A 4-wheel-drive V6 limited model starts at $27,199. The Grand Vitara is backed by a 7-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With styling that evokes that of a larger SUV, and the nimble traits that make a compact sport utility great, the 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara offers practicality and a go-anywhere attitude perfect for buyers with an active lifestyle.