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2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review

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The junior member of Suzuki's appealing sport utility vehicle lineup, the compact 2010 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, Premium, XSport and Luxury trim, this slick Suzuki offers room for five, a generous assortment of standard features 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

Those seeking a combination of practicality and capability in a vehicle that's easy to drive, easy to live with and doesn't cost a fortune in gas should find the 2010 Grand Vitara well worth a look. The availability of the 4-Mode full-time four-wheel drive system adds even more all-season and on- and off-road appeal to the mix, and standard navigation is unheard of in this price range.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who expect a high resale value when it comes time to trade in their cars won't be happy with the Grand Vitara's middle-of-the-pack ranking.

What's New for 2010

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.

Driving the Grand Vitara

Driving Impressions Rear-drive or four-wheel drive, the 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara has a solid feel, thanks to its integrated body-frame construction that combines the best of unitized design with supplemental full length...

and width structural rails. Its compact size and fairly tight 36.0-foot turning circle makes maneuvering easy even in relatively tight confines. Tire drone and wind noise do get a bit more pronounced on rougher roads and at higher speeds, but overall isolation levels are livable if not best-in-class. Standard stability control and anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution give the Grand Vitara a confident character regardless of the number of wheels being driven. Hard cornering does elicit some body roll, but not an excessive amount; after all, it's not a sports car. The supplemental low-gear range gives four-wheel drive versions impressive off-road capability, although the additional weight does impact on-road performance and fuel economy.
Favorite Features

Optional 4-Mode Full-Time Four-Wheel-Drive
The Grand Vitara's versatile 4-Mode full-time four-wheel-drive system features a locking differential with 4HI, 4HI and 4LO lock modes and incorporates a locking center differential to help tame everything from slick pavement to rocky trails. It also has a convenient "neutral" setting that permits easy flat-towing, such as behind a motor home.

Available SmartPass Keyless Entry System
A feature normally found on more expensive vehicles, the available SmartPass system lets you leave the key/transmitter in your pocket or purse and lock and unlock the Grand Vitara by pushing a button on the door handle and start or stop the engine by turning a switch on the steering column.

2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Details
2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara photo Interior

The Grand Vitara's tastefully designed cabin complements hard-plastic trim elements with numerous soft-touch surfaces. Cloth upholstery and silver plastic accents on the base, Premium and XSport are replaced by leather and faux wood in the Luxury model. All boast legible instruments, logical control layouts and three 12-volt power points. The standard Garmin navigation unit has a leg up on the traditional DVD-based systems in that it is both removable and easily updateable via Internet download. The comfortable front seats provide good lateral support while the seatbacks of the 60/40-split rear bench offer adjustable reclining and room for two six-foot adults or three kids. Flipping and tumbling both sides to their forward position increases cargo capacity from 24.4 cubic feet to 68.9 cubic feet (marginally less with the optional sunroof).

Exterior
2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara photo

The Grand Vitara applies traditional SUV styling cues to a scaled-down package with just the right rounding of contours to yield a clean and contemporary appearance. Up front, its black mesh grille and lower front air-intake inserts are punctuated by a prominent chrome Suzuki logo, while the large right-hinged rear tailgate mounts a full-size spare tire in an available lockable hard-shell case. A large upright glass area ensures good driver sightlines, and well-sized doors, plus a big swinging tailgate to simplify loading of people and cargo. Purposefully bulged fenders house 225/70 all-season tires fitted to 16-inch steel wheels on the base model and aluminum rims on the XSport, while the top-line Luxury model has 225/65 tires on larger 17-inch alloys.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitaras include a generous set of standard features. Even the rear-drive base model with a five-speed manual transmission includes power windows, locks and mirrors, 16-inch wheels, TRIP onboard navigation unit, automatic digital climate control, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, tilt steering wheel and automatic headlamps. The Premium adds privacy glass, a spare tire cover, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls and on four-wheel drive models, heated side mirrors. Step up to the XSport or the leather-trimmed Luxury model and you gain a five-speed automatic transmission Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control, upgraded audio package with six-disc CD changer, power sunroof, roof rails, SmartPass keyless entry and starting, fog lamps, alloy wheels and more. On the safety front, Electronic Stability Program ,anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags are standard across the lineup.

Optional Equipment

Beyond the specific feature enhancements included in each of its three trim levels, Grand Vitara factory extras are relatively few. Base model buyers can opt for the automatic transmission, hard-shell spare-tire case and a cargo cover while the 4-Mode full-time four-wheel-drive system is available on all Grand Vitaras. Key dealer-installed options include, XM Satellite Radio and an iPod integration kit.

Under the Hood

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 166 horsepower and earns an impressive 26 miles per gallon highway when teamed with the standard five-speed manual transmission. The XSport and Luxury models are powered by a 3.2-liter V6 engine that makes 230 horsepower, an increase of 45 additional horsepower over the previous 2.7-liter V6. Despite the increase in power, the new V6 delivers better fuel economy estimates in both city and highway driving. Both rear-drive and four-wheel drive models can tow up to a 3,000-pound trailer.

2.4-liter in-line 4
166 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (RWD, manual), 19/25 (RWD, automatic), 19/25 (4WD, manual), 19/23 (4WD, automatic)

3.2-liter V6
230 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
213 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (RWD), 17/23 (4WD)

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2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 196 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Solid, dependable, comfortable, unstoppable

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 10.0
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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: "Good on gas and full of luxury features"

Cons: "Oil filter is in the most unreachable spot"

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

"My wife drives this SUV through snow and slush all winter long. I put Michelins on it instead of the junk OEM tires and nothing can stop this vehicle."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

170k miles with no issues!!

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 10.0
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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: "Everything!!"

Cons: "Nothing comes to mind any more"

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

"This is my annual review of the vehicle. Last review Feb '13 at 145k. '07 Grand Vitara survives another brutal winter in Northern Mi in style. This is the most amazing vehicle ever. Finally, a minor maintenance issue: insignificant leaks from rear axle seal and transfer case. Cost $320. Not bad after 7 yrs and 170k miles. Suzuki pulls out of US market. GM posts record profits amidst major recalls. You be the judge."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle!

By on Thursday, January 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value, back seats fold down, I sit up high"

Cons: "3 point steering wheel, inadequate visors."

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

"Bought it new in 2006, still driving and loving it 8 years later! Everything fits in the back, love it!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best car in the world

By on Sunday, November 24, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handles like sports car;so reliable;best value"

Cons: "Noisy on the freeway - Meh"

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

"I LOVE this car. Hate to see it getting old, but I'm not giving it up. It's a perfect vehicle for me. If you ever get a chance to own one, DO IT. Don't think twice. My only complaint is that it is noisy on the freeway. Big deal. In the scheme of things, that matters about 1%, while all the positives about the car are the other 99%. It's got room for people, for cargo, for BOTH. Good gas mileage. Good looking. VERY reliable - never lets me down; even runs on fumes and keeps going when I've neglected it for short periods. Get one and never let it go."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great small SUV. Gas millage good for AWD

By on Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Just an excellent all round vehicle."

Cons: "none that I can think of!"

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

"I bought this vehicle when I became a travel nurse, moving from state to state with 2 dogs in tow. It had enough room to take us and our belongings anywhere including Nebraska in winter where I used the 4 wheel drive often in the deep snow.Incredibly reliable I never felt insecure when I traveled. Comes highly recommended by me."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Husband really loved this vehicle

By on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great drivability; good vision"

Cons: "Headrest awkward for short people; ugly a/c contro"

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

"My husband had a 07 Suzuki Gran Vitara. HE LOVED IT. I had problems with the headrest as I am short & it hit the middle of my head moving it forward. The a/c controls are ugly and not really as functional as some other vehicles. Drives very well; handles well; had an issue with the rear drive shaft in the first year but other than that not anything but brake check; mechanic said great brakes; heavy duty and strength of what is equivalent to Suburbans. Mechanic said suzukis do not come in for repair; very dependable vehicles. Vehicle was totaled by a drunk driver and husband was devastated. Could not find another used one to replace it with so we bought Ford explorer. I do not like driving the Ford."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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