Suzuki Vitara Review – Research New & Used Suzuki Vitara Models | Edmunds

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By the late the major Japanese automakers had a new design direction for compact by introducing models with platforms for enhanced comfort and However, Suzuki had been in the business longer than anyone, and when the time to replace its long-running Sidekick, stuck to its traditions for the then-new

Essentially, the Suzuki Vitara was with the roots of a truck. of adapting new, lighter construction, the Suzuki maintained a body-on-frame design. Every rode on a solid-rear-axle suspension and with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive with gearing.

Thanks to 8 inches of ground 4WD models possessed better-than-average ability. An available two-door body style also it possible to equip a Vitara as a runabout, and responsive steering it enjoyable on any surface.

Still, the Vitara had too many detriments it down in real-world driving. acceleration was a problem with of the small four-cylinder engines, and a manual transmission didn’t The low-tech suspension could absorb bumps very the rear seat was cramped was identical in both body and cargo capacity was a modest 45 feet even on the four-door.

Finally, the interior looked even when new, and of its controls weren’t user-friendly.

raised the Vitara’s standards in and features over time, but at the beginning and end, we’d say Honda, Toyota and Subaru had SUVs for the street, while and Jeep had better off-roaders.

Most Recent Suzuki

While the upscale Grand lived to see another generation, the Suzuki Vitara led one lifetime from 1999-2004. Body included a four-door hardtop and a convertible soft top that was than the four-door by 11 inches in length and wheelbase. A 1.6-liter with 97 horsepower was the base on two-doors; a 2.0-liter version 127 hp was optional on the two-door and standard the four-door.

Both engines came a five-speed manual or four-speed with shift-on-the-fly four-wheel optional with any combination.

The initial trim lines JS (2WD) and JX (4WD), though by its year that expanded the JLS and JLX, which became the models with power power locks, air-conditioning, and on the cruise control. Among Vitaras, the JLS and JLX were also for having the more tolerable engine.

Many details changed the years. Along with the line changes for 2000, the Vitara earned standard For model-year 2001 came a new seat fabric and an easier-to-use In 2002, the JS and JX got dropped completely and their 1.6-liter engine them, trimming the Vitara down to JLS 2WD and JLX 4WD models.

All trim vanished for 2003, and only the model made it to the Vitara’s year in 2004, when a 2.5-liter V6 became the new engine.

If you feel compelled to buy a Suzuki , later is better: The improved and ergonomics of more recent make for a more appealing Regardless of year, try sticking to with at least the 2.0-liter whose 127 hp is just enough.

If you are for older years, visit our Suzuki Vitara page.

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