2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara: RideLust Review

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2012 Suzuki Grand : RideLust Review

Thumbs Up: A lot of for the price.

Thumbs Down: upholstery, marginal fuel

Buy This Car If: You need a small SUV on a budget

If you’re shopping for a SUV or crossover, chances are good looking at the Honda CR-V and the RAV 4. While both start at a price, by the time you add in options a navigation system, they can jump beyond the reach of a on a tight budget. What if we you there was another Japanese SUV with a modest sticker and a seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty?

That alternative be the Suzuki Grand Vitara, a SUV that comes in both and four-wheel-drive, and gives you amenities power windows and door fog lamps, steering wheel controls, keyless entry and a navigation system, all for a price comes in around $23,000 for the RWD Adventure model. Base which still come equipped and include the same coverage, start at just $20,000. It’s a good SUV, too, and Suzuki has an admirable job of making a box-on-box stand out from the crowd.

Up front, there’s a black grille and integrated fog lamps, aren’t usually included in price point. From the the Suzuki gets mirror-integrated signals, 18-inch “smoked wheels (on Ultimate Adventure at least), a blacked-out B-pillar and tinted glass for rear passengers. Out back, buyers get a spare with a hard a low floor height for easy loading and a limo-tinted rear to keep valuables out of sight.

the Grand Vitara looks a lot from the outside than expect for the price tag.

Inside, Ultimate Adventure come with “water 2-tone” seats, which are one of my few about the Grand Vitara. the front seats are comfortable for even reasonably long the vinyl material isn’t to the touch, and smells like, vinyl. Cloth seats be much preferred, even if added a few dollars to the Grand price tag.

Rear passengers get a reasonable amount of leg and copious amounts of head which you’d expect in a SUV. Rear seats are flat, but feature reclining and are comfortable enough for carpooling or errands. Like the front the rears are covered in the same vinyl material; on the plus it’s very easy to even if you have young with perpetually sticky

The dash does use a lot of hard but the design is still pleasing to the eye to a blend of shapes and materials. colored plastic is used to the center stack, and it integrates with the aluminum colored used on vents and doors. the use of hard plastic, the Grand didn’t emit a single or rattle during my time the wheel, which leads me to it’s screwed together more care than low-cost cars get.

are designed with a bit of stylish and feature a center mounted flanked by a tachometer and gas / temperature All three are contained in round trimmed in the same aluminum as the of the Grand Vitara’s interior.

takes a novel and functional to navigation. Rather than in a permanent nav system, the Grand includes a voice-controlled, portable navigation system that in a dedicated hatch atop the On the down side, it isn’t as as nav systems in competitive vehicles, but luck trying to use those to city streets on foot you park the car.

Although Suzuki used to a V-6 option for the Grand Vitara, was discontinued for the 2011 model The sole engine choice for or all-wheel-drive cars is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which produces 166 and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s to a four speed automatic a six-speed manual is available, but on base models), which help the Grand Vitara’s or fuel economy.

Not that 0 to 60 is important in this segment, but the Grand Vitara will over ten seconds to reach the mark, which is slower most rivals. Worse, the automatic only returns 19 mpg in the and 25 mpg on the highway. That’s V-6 fuel but with four-cylinder power.

On the road, the Grand Vitara is and more comfortable than expect. You won’t confuse it for a crossover, but you can easily carry on a at normal volumes at 70 miles per There’s some wind but I’d call it on par with what get from other vehicles in segment.

If you occasionally go off the beaten the Grand Vitara will prove more capable cute-utes from competitive Suzuki has opted to give the Vitara a generous amount of clearance, and narrow front and overhangs mean the Suzuki can its way over or around most sized) obstacles.

When with four-wheel-drive (which both a high and low range), the Vitara should prove adept at getting you from to place, regardless of road In fact, the Suzuki Samurai, the Vitara’s great-grandfather, has amassed of a cult following as a go-anywhere, off-road rig. With like that, you can bet the Grand will be capable, too.

My Suzuki-provided 2012 Grand Ultimate Adventure edition had a price of $23,094, including charge. Options on my press-fleet included all-weather floor ($125), first aid kit and cargo mat premium metallic paint and Bluetooth phone integration for an as-tested price of $23,714. For a similarly equipped Toyota Sport FWD would sticker at while a comparable Honda EX would list at $25,005 doesn’t include a nav system).

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