Intro: The Suzuki Grand Vitara offers those living an active lifestyle, a fun yet practical compact sport utility. Available in Base, Premium, and Limited, the 2011 Grand Vitara displays crisp lines and abrupt drop-offs that give it an imposing presence for a compact sport utility.
Performance: Carried over from a 2010 model seen here, the Grand Vitara is powered by a 166 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4. Power is sent to the rear wheels through either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. For those needing a bit more rugged capability, the available 4-wheel drive with locking function and low range is recommended. It sends power through a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: Our test model came equipped with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, and leather seating with heated front seats. The 60/40 split fold rear seat handily stows against the front seat while the dual 12-volt power outlets in the center console further enhance the Grand Vitara's versatility.
The base stereo is a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 unit with XM satellite radio. Those selecting the uprated stereo will get a 6-speaker system with auxiliary inputs, and speed-sensing volume adjustment.
We recommend the incredibly useful 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 driving your Grand Vitara.
More than just a normal NAV system, Premium and Limited Grand Vitara's include Garmin's NewLink system, which can display up-to-date gas prices near the vehicle, weather with Doppler maps, and you can even check your flight status!
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: Base MSRP for the 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara $19,199. A 4-wheel-drive Limited model starts at $24,849.
Warranty: The Grand Vitara is backed by a 7-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With styling that evokes a larger SUV, and the nimble traits that make a compact sport utility great, the 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara offers practicality and a go-anywhere attitude perfect for buyers with an active lifestyle.