Suzuki Grand Vitara 2008 2009 : Review and specification

The Grand Vitara is Suzuki’s upscale compact SUV that replaced the Sidekick in 1999 and was the first Suzuki sold in North America powered by a 6-cylinder engine. Suzuki describes the Grand Vitara as the perfect combination of space, power, and 4-wheel drive, with seating for five and better fuel economy than many larger SUVs.Love this vehicle! Lots and lots of elbow and leg room. Very comfortable seats. Adjustable driver seat, tilt steering wheel. Coldest air conditioning, and powerful fan to cool vehicle. Back seat has plenty of leg room. Plenty of head room. Rear door opens to side (easy to wash window) not like hatchback. It has a nice, smooth ride. Great turning radius! I'm a tall, heavy-set female with a bad back and I love this vehicle! Oh, I like the fact that the Grand Vitara has a full-sized spare tire and not a 50-miler, and Suzuki has the best warranty out there right now. The electrical security system is another PLUS!Only drawbacks I could find: arm rest was low for my comfort but I am getting use to it, and the steering wheel controls are not lit at night. I also found that there is a horrendous noise caused by the aerodynamics when the back windows are lowered more than half-way. But then I'm told all SUV's and trucks are like that now. OH, be sure to test drive this at night and see how well you like the headlights. They freaked me out when I brought it home overnight. This "problem" can easily be fixed.The 2008 Grand Vitara is a 4-door, 5-passenger sport-utility, available in 6 trims, ranging from the Base 2WD to the Luxury 4WD. Upon introduction, the Base 2WD is equipped with a standard 2.7-liter, V6, 185-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 22-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, and a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The Luxury 4WD is equipped with a standard 2.7-liter, V6, 185-horsepower engine that achieves 17-mpg in the city and 21-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The 2008 Grand Vitara is a carryover from 2007. The 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara receives a remote fuel door release, upgraded sound deadening materials, a newly designed climate control head unit, a standard tire-pressure-monitoring system and a standard sunroof on the XSport Package. Once again, longer drives I'd prefer greater comfort but overall the value is very good. I would have expected better gas mileage for a vehicle in this category but the power and pick up is quite significant. It is a matter of personal preference. I have not seen many in the LA area and have been asked about it from younger (teens and 20's) folks when gassing up. Good value all the way around!
Lots of elbow and leg room! Comfortable seats. Stylish. Great price.Roomy , Nicely equipped
Good off-road prowess
Arm rest a bit low for my comfort. Horrible wind noise with back windows down.Ligths poor, Average highway performance , Questionable resale value , Narrow rear door openings

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