2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review | The Truth About Cars

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2006 Suzuki Grand Review

Novice violin using the Suzuki method allowed to touch their for months. Aspiring musicians who driven insane by repeatedly cardboard cutouts often go on to beautiful music, once Too bad Suzuki doesn#39;t practice we could have all avoided the and funny-looking last gen Grand in favor of the infinitely more 2006 model.

Despite improvements since the Vitara#39;s rehearsal, the question remains: is the new Vitara finally ready for Fisher Hall?

To make the Vitara a headliner, Suzuki#39;s stripped their mid-sized ute to the and started afresh. While the new exterior is a radical departure the old two-toned, plastic-clad and dimpled wannabe, it#39;s still a conservative design. Super-spy touches #8212; sleek that rise ever so from the roof, black-trimmed wells, black side on the hood #8212; add a welcome of aggression.

Sure, some clunkiness The side mirrors are a dress too big for the cute ute, and the huge lights give the rear end a dated demeanor. But they#39;re the flat notes in an otherwise composition.

Inside, Suzuki a bit more stylistic flourish, the circular design motif and grippy Speed Racer The clever, honeycomb-esque pattern the Vitara#39;s round heating almost makes you forget the plastic surrounding the shifter. The controls are as easy to play as Ed triangle, and the silver sound buttons are as inviting as a major on a sunny spring day.

For Suzuki, the aesthetic exuberance a welcome change from its for Seattle weather interiors. For reason, the Vitara#39;s turn indicators are sotto voce; at the same holds true for the at speed.

A slim three-panel (set back at the top of the dash) silent volumes about a dear to the hearts of many an SUV fossil fuel. The first two show the time and outside the third, instantaneous fuel The lack of an average fuel calculation is annoying, but not surprising. The sluggish Vitara#39;s 2.7L V6 about a gallon of refinery every 18 miles.

Compared to its mates in the small SUV the Vitara doesn#39;t have a pre-Subway size appetite, but still not the kind of noise wants its drivers to put into rotation.

For truly anemic gas just fill-up Vitara stuff. The skimpy tailgate is a bit mean, but the the 60-40 split seats help facilitate a CostCo expedition. Should you and mates decide to relieve the of it mayo supply, a trailer be in order. The Grand Vitara can tow 300 jars of salad gloop#8211; a that tops Honda#39;s CRV by a 50 jars.

While this factoid be irrelevant (not to mention to the vast majority of Vitara props to Suzuki for keeping it real in the cute ute set.

Rev the Vitara#39;s V6 sharp and firm and it like a prone-to-grumpiness cat being up after its fourth nap of the day. rousted, the Vitara#39;s autobox is a conductor: the five-speed shifter the gears upward like a prodigy. Bringing the Vitara from contralto is another

The engine occasionally palpitated, the transmission slipping into an stutter. It might have had to do with our test model#39;s 7k (press car#39;s odometer should be calculated in dog years). may also account for the fact the first time I used the I thought I#39;d stepped on SquarePants.

In general, my ute cornering expectations somewhere just above my level in Kenny G#39;s release. Despite the ladder-framed high center of gravity, it the turns with admirable Winding through the twisties, the tip factor was subdued enough for spirited progress. Sensibly, trumpets the Grand Vitara#39;s prowess rather than its capability.

I gave the Vitara as an off-road test as contractual allowed and found the SUV to be a stalwart During a winter rainstorm, it hit high notes on pockmarked, dirt roads, without losing its place. Bravo

With the small SUV segment crowded than the Englebert section at a Phoenix Wal-Mart, needed to orchestrate a Ninth-caliber to reach the top of the pops. And so it does more or less. The new Grand stays in tune on classical of highway and baroque patches of Sadly for its Japanese maestro, the still needs a bit more before it#39;s ready for City.

Each passage in the Vitara#39;s three-movement symphony styling, performance, and handling has a few conspicuous sour notes, ultimately render Suzuki#39;s Vitara more Salieri Mozart.

[Photos: Copyright Bryan Haeffele]

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