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2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review

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The Suzuki Grand Vitara is really two vehicles in one. Its compact size, plush interior and comfortable ride make it every bit as desirable as a small wagon or crossover SUV, while its rugged construction, generous ground clearance and available full-time all-wheel drive make it the perfect off-road companion. Career professionals with active outdoor lifestyles will find the Grand Vitara's sophisticated good looks make it ideal for shuttling business clients during the week, while its capable off-road abilities allow for a weekend's worth of rock crawling and mud slinging. Best of all, the Grand Vitara's powerful yet fuel-efficient V6 engine won't break you at the gas pumps, a statement not many SUVs can make.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the idea of driving a competent and comfortable compact SUV that can be appreciated by off-roaders and city slickers alike, the Grand Vitara might quickly climb toward the top of your list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Grand Vitara's lack of a more thrifty four-cylinder engine might be a deal-breaker for some, and poor resale figures don't help matters much.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2007 Grand Vitara receives a tire pressure monitoring system and an upgraded trip computer.

Driving the Grand Vitara

Driving Impressions Perhaps it isn't as light on its feet as some of its truly car-based competitors (which, in turn, aren't as capable off-road), but the newest Grand Vitara still easily qualifies...

as responsive and pleasant around town. It's also comfortable on the highway, where the small V6 remains smooth and delivers just enough power to pass confidently.

Off-road, the unibody Grand Vitara can get loud and rough over dirt surfaces, but our four-mode all-wheel-drive model proved impressively capable on steep climbs over sizeable boulders and loose, chunky earth. Perhaps most importantly, that off-road ability no longer comes with a penalty in poor on-road manners.

Four-Mode All-Wheel-Drive System
The more rugged of the Grand Vitara's two all-wheel-drive systems features a locking differential with Four-High, Four-High Lock and Four-Low Lock modes (plus Neutral) to tame everything from slick pavement to rocky trails.

Keyless Entry and Start
With the available SmartPass system, you leave the key/transmitter in your pocket or purse and the vehicle will unlock when you approach and start at the push of a button.

2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara Details
2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara photo Interior

In addition to niceties like automatic climate control, six airbags and more, the Grand Vitara's surprisingly refined interior boasts attractive styling and nice materials throughout—even most of the plastic is non-offensive. If not for a few giveaway elements (including a Suzuki badge on the steering wheel), it wouldn't be hard to convince your relatively hip mom she was riding in a $30K-plus SUV.

Exterior
2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara photo

The Grand Vitara is significantly bigger than the previous generation, gaining 11.5 inches in overall length, adding 6.3 inches in length between the wheels and more than an inch in width. Fortunately, all of the additional sheetmetal has been done in attractive, contemporary, angular styling that's smart enough for a night on the town without belying the Grand Vitara's rugged side.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base Grand Vitara is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive and a generous standard equipment list that includes an AM/FM/CD/CD-MP3/CD-WMA sound system that's also XM Satellite Radio-ready, automatic climate control air conditioning, cruise control, tire pressure monitor, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), plus front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include single- and four-mode all-wheel-drive systems, five-speed automatic transmission, in-dash six-disc CD changer, iPod interface system, alloy wheels, SmartPass keyless entry and start, heated leather seats, woodgrain trim, power glass sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

The new Grand Vitara features a bigger, more powerful engine than in its past, although the increase in power is mostly offset by a proportionate increase in curb weight. Highway mileage is respectable for a V6, as is a tow rating of 3,000 pounds.

2.7-liter V6
185 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
184 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23 (2WD manual), 18/23 (AWD manual)
19/24 (2WD automatic), 19/23 (AWD automatic)

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2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 202 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Best car I ever owned

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gret riding, good MPG"

Cons: "Oil Filter change a bit uncomfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"For an SUV with 2WD, quality built all around, excellent mileage w/4 cyl. Auto. Has Navigation./Bluetooth, nice riding"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love this car. It's been a great car.

By on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"would but another one if there was a dealership in town. Best car I have had in a SUV, loved everything about it. Having multiple CD player is the only way, I am not into MP3."

21 people out of 32 found this review helpful

It has been reliable and comfortable.

By on Sunday, June 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "4wd great and climate control great."

Cons: "Windows fog up."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"After looking at the interior or Rav 4 while shopping for a new car, the Rav4 and Grand Vitara look similar, they have the same features."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Excellent Value and Reliability

By on Friday, June 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride. Comfortable seating. Luxury feel."

Cons: "low beams mainly (read review) Only 19mpg Highway"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought brand new with 7 miles on the odometer in March '06. In more than 8 years I have replaced tires ($700), & Cat. Converter ($900). Minor cheap maintenance such as alignments, and oil changes w/tire rotations. Battery replaced ($100) after 6 years. My wife would constantly leave interior lights on throughout the night, so... NO Engine issues. NO tranny issues. NO electrical issues EVER. In fact the transmission shifts so smoothly I have to listen for it. I have leather seats that are SO comfortable. I have seen bmws, lexus, etc. with leather seats that start to fade, crack, split and look terrible after 80K, but NOT my Suzuki. After I clean/condition it, it still looks brand new and firm even when approaching 110K! The car runs strong even after 3 accidents. Yes, 3. I was never at fault, and the car was in the body shop for a TOTAL of 8 weeks. After all the body repairs, this car still runs like the day I got it! My title will most likely be a "salvage", but I really don't care. The car took 2 rear end hits and a fender bender like it was no big deal. Never been garaged or overly pampered. The OEM tires need to be replaced as soon as you can! Buy a good set and it will transform your car and will actually last a lot longer than the ones that came on the GV (yokohomo, IIRC) My key FOB is great. It senses where keys are. You cant lock your keys in the car! Its impossible. Unlocking it requires me to be close to the car. It senses the key in my pocket. Cons: (Known issues with these GV) - I feel its a little "noisy" in the cabin. Not a lot. Music will drown that out quickly. - Alignments can be tricky. Expect 2/yr. I had to tell the Suzuki dealer that there is a new alignment spec for these cars. They kept going until they got it right. - Low beam headlights aren't the brightest, even with aftermarket bulbs. Its common with these cars to go through bulbs quite frequently. I can go 3-8 months between bulb changes. - Small issue, but I WISH it chimed when the gas gets low. The only indicator is a small orange light. -The car comes with something that I refer to as "Downhill Brake Assist". When you are traveling down a hill, and begin to brake, the car will drop gear for you to prevent you from accidentally losing control I guess. While not really an issue, it takes a while to get used to this! That's it. Good in snow w/o snow tires. Great in heavy rain with good rain tires. I strongly recommend buying one!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great little vehicle

By on Monday, May 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great small SUV, very roomy, great on gas."

Cons: "Slow on the take off! But great on straight away."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had this SUV seven years it has started everyday, very reliable. It's great on gas. The only thing I have replaced are tires in seven years. I have to admit its a little slow on the take-off, but fast on the straight away."

8 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Never neededanything other than normal maintenance

By on Monday, April 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "easy to drive & park"

Cons: "prefer better mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is very dependable and never required anything but normal maintenance - basically oil changes, wipers & headlights."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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