2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review

Dated crossover needs complete makeover

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara is a compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) offered in four trims: Base, Premium, XSport, and Limited. Powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.2-liter V-6 engine, the Suzuki Grand Vitera comes with rear- or four-wheel drive. The 2.4 can be paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic, while the V-6 comes with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Even though not grand in size, the Grand Vitara is a great off road performer, with each trim focused on greater off-road capabilities and highway driving comfort. While the base Grand Vitara is fairly Spartan, higher trims offer features such as climate control and a Garmin Navigation system. Safety systems are acceptable, and the fuel economy is as well, at 19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway.

New for 2010

For 2010, the Suzuki Grand Vitara received only minor changes. Updates include: navigation system is standard across all trim levels, Bluetooth is offered on all but the Base trim, and an auxiliary audio jack is standard on the higher trim levels.

Essentials

Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.2L V-6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: Base Sport Utility, Premium Sport Utility, XSport Sport Utility, Limited Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is chunky and plain but still versatile and emphasizes function over form.

From the Inside

The Suzuki Grand Vitara's cabin is plain with lots of plastic; however, interior space is good and the seats are comfortable, while the controls and instrumentation are easy to read.

Driving Performance

Not as comfortable to drive as most crossovers, the Suzuki Grand Vitara's base four-cylinder combined to the four-speed automatic is truly anemic. However, the six-cylinder is a bit livelier, at the expense of poorer fuel economy. Nevertheless, as a four-wheel drive compact SUV, the Grand Vitara's off-road capability is above average.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Suzuki Grand Vitara include driver and front passenger front, side, and side-curtain airbags, as well both traction and stability control.

Gas Mileage

Base RWD: 19 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway
Premium RWD, XSport RWD, Limited RWD: 19 mpg city/ 25 mpg highway
Limited V6 RWD, XSport V6 RWD, Limited V6 RWD: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Premium Special Edition 4WD, Premium 4WD, Limited 4WD: 19 mpg city/23 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Good off-roader with 4WD
  • Lots of features

Minuses

  • Outdated design
  • Plain interior
  • Lack of power
  • Noisy engine

Rating

Dated crossover needs complete makeover

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