2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD Review

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The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a compact, affordable, and comfortable SUV with off the road ability, spacious interior, and a unique style that is perfect for anyone looking for a vehicle that offers true adventure and excitement.

I personally like the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara more than any similar SUV in its class, because it not only looks great inside and out, but it also performs well on the road.

I especially like the look and feel of the three tone seats. They have been intricately designed with a blue, black, and beige color scheme that is soothing to the eyes and adds a distinctive and elegant touch to the vehicle’s interior. Prior to seeing the Grand Vitara, I had never seen three toned seats before, so needless to say, I was quite impressed. The seats are also supportive, contoured, comfortable, and can be heated with the push of a button. All of these features improve and enhance the driving experience for both the passenger and driver.

The all-weather floor mats are great when driving in the rain or snow or during times when you get mud on your shoes. The dirt and grime can be easily rinsed from the mats, leaving no unsightly stains and no scrubbing.

There is ample room for five passengers with front bucket seats along with a 60/40 split folding rear seat. The Limited version includes a seven-speaker stereo, Smart Pass keyless start system that locks and unlocks the vehicle with the push of a button, and special interior features, such as a standard navigation system, illuminated steering wheel controls, chrome door handles, automatic climate control, CD stereo system, sun-visor extenders, sliding armrests, and optional Bluetooth connectivity.

There are three trims available for the Suzuki Grand Vitara- Base, Premium, and Limited. The base and premium models come equipped with a removable Garmin navigation system, automatic climate control, full power accessories, and curtain airbags. The Limited has opulent upgrades, such as leather heated seats.

The standard model has stylish features such as 16 inch wheels, front tow hooks, colorful side moldings, and flared fenders, while the new Limited trim boasts stylish18 inch black chrome wheels, side mirrors with incorporated turn signals, fog lamps, water-resistant and easy to clean three tone seats, navigation system, and a leather wrapped steering wheel, and a tailgate-mounted spare tire. Special safety features include side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, side-impact airbags for front seats, an electronic stability system, and antilock brakes with technologically advanced electronic distribution.

The navigation system, stereo/ sound system, air conditioning and heating system work wonderfully with accuracy and easy to adjust settings/controls.

When driving the Suzuki Grand Vitara in the rain, I noticed that it handles the road very well; navigating sharp turns with ease, delivering accurate braking, excellent traction, with no road slip. The rear window also has a wiper that is perfect for rainy or snowy days and helps to maintain clear visibility.

The Grand Vitara is powered with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 166 horsepower, 162 feet of torque, 3,000 lbs. of towing capacity, and rear-wheel drive is standard in all of the models. The base model is available as a 5-speed manual, while all of the other trims come with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Limited trim features a four-mode 4WD system- 4H, 4H Lock (For Slippery Roads), 4L Lock and a neutral position which allows the vehicle to be towed behind an RV without adding any miles to the odometer.

The V6’s output lagged slightly and I do wish that the vehicle had a little more horsepower. The SUV is sturdy with a solid feel and, in my opinion, needs more power in order to pick up a quicker when pressure is applied to the gas pedal. Besides this one element, I absolutely love the Suzuki Grand Vitara and is great for mountain excursions, rugged terrains, as well as driving around town or running errands.

It is a versatile vehicle that is fun to drive, spacious, with plenty of cargo space and a style that is like no other.

The Grand Vitara is not fuel-efficient by today’s standards, because it only gets an estimated 19 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. This can be a problem in a time when fuel costs have increased and consumers are looking to save money at the gas pump, however, with all of the features, unique style, and ability to handle heavy rain, snow, and off the road adventures, it is a great choice.

If you are looking for a sturdy, classy, rugged compact SUV that is affordable with a unique style and above-average abilities that can be used for both daily commutes and off-road adventures, then the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD may just be the vehicle that you have been looking for.

write by rivera

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