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Only minor changes are in store for 2012 Grand Vitara models, including a slightly modified tailgate design (that nixes the spare tire on some models) and upgrades to the navigation system that include voice recognition and information such as traffic and weather updates.
A Garmin-based navigation system was made standard in 2010, positioning the Grand Vitara as America's most affordable SUV with nav. For 2011 they've updated the Garmin to the 1600 system; it now includes a host of services, including real-time traffic, weather forecast, movie search, flight info and lowest gas price. They've also - and more notably - eliminated the V6 powerplant.
Following in the tire tracks of the successful SX4, the Grand Vitara receives a built-in Garmin navigation unit with Bluetooth capability as standard equipment. Owners can upgrade to the MSN suite of features that includes gas prices, movie times, weather/traffic updates and much more.
Along with a revised front end, the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara touts two new engines: a 2.4-liter four cylinder and a 3.2-liter V6. Interior improvements include illuminated steering wheel controls, a sliding feature added to the center armrest and sun visors and improved ventilation and audio controls.
The junior member of Suzuki's appealing sport utility vehicle lineup, the compact Grand Vitara, provides a comfortable, versatile and very livable alternative to a conventional station wagon or crossover utility vehicle – and has the power and mechanical capability to complete its mission on or off the road. Available in base, XSport and Luxury trim, this slick Suzuki offers room for five, a generous assortment of standard features – including a V6 engine – plus the choice of rear- or full-time four-wheel drive, and wraps it in one of the longest and most owner-friendly warranties in the business. It needs all of that to compete in one of the toughest and most heavily populated markets, a segment where it must take on everything from the Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty, Mitsubishi Outlander and Saturn Vue to the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.
By Roddy (Honolulu, Hawaii) on Monday, October 20, 2008
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
"Overall excellent rating as GV has been very reliable, plenty of power, decent gas mileage, great styling, teriffic value compared to RAV4 or CRV. Couple this with excellent factory warranty and you have a great value. Only complaint is the amount of road noise that drums in from the tires. Hoping when I change to a better quality tire (from factory original Yokohamas), road noise will diminish. It's quite loud down the freeway at 65mph!"
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Jeff (FL) on Thursday, September 15, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Cons: "Gas milage could be better. K"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This was my first new car (got it with 500miles on it) in 2006. I have 91000 miles on it and its been great! this thing just keeps going! I plan to make it to 200,000 no joke. I have the oil changed religously and it shows. I have had the transmission fluid changed twice because I want it to run like the day I bought it forever. Sounds overdone I know but whats $200 bucks for a transmission service over a few years of driving. I wish I would have bought it with 4-wheel drive."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Bob (UT) on Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great quality and reliability.xlnt.in snow.Fun veh"
Cons: "Fuel mileage only 22MPG"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this vechicle new,for size and awd 4wd ability,and for appearence.It is fantastic in the snow,better than my Chevrolet Suburban 4x4.It also came with a 7 year 100,000 mile power train warranty,which at the time was the best in the industry except Hyundai.The only complaints i,ve had were the fuel economy was not as good as i would have liked 20-22 MPG even strictly freeway.The second complaint were the factory tires which were Yokohamas only went 30,000 miles.I got the second set of Yokohamas promising to be much higher mileage than the original ones and only got 20,000.Prorated by discount tire co i,m on my third set and it doesnt seem to be getting any better.Michilens next time."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful