Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.
Pros: Classy interior look
Cons: gas mileage. Had a Honda Civic - need I say more.
Advice: BUY IT YOU'LL LOVE IT.Test drove Jeep Liberty, Rav 4. Didn't even try CRV, didn't like the looks of it. I love the Grand Vitara. Very smooth ride and in love with the interior.
Pros: Real 4wd Capabilitt
Cons: wheel on back
Advice: Go get one you will not regret it.Totally agree with review. We were looking for a medium 4wd and had tested ALL the competition, Honda CRV, Rav4, Ford Escape, Nissan X Trail, Hyundai Toucan and a few others. We were rather underwhelmed by them all and had narrowed our choice to Rav 4 or CRV but we (my wife and myself ) weren't conviced by either really, The Rav 4 was a great drive but lacked serious off road ability and teh CRV was very practical and roomy biut also seriously lacked 4WD cred. Then we decided to stop at a suzuki dealer and dissmissevely looked at a Grand Vitara. The dealer wasn't too push and offderd a good price and invited us for a test drive. To be polite we obliged but once in the I coul;dn't here the negine (v6) and was blown away by the cabin quality and solid feel of it all. On the road it was suburb, really falt through corners, silky smoothm quiet I didn't know the engine was on and it was very very quick. I glanced the hi low 4wd gears shift and knew this was the real deal, not some softroader to be sneered at. Then when we stopped the dealer pointed out the sump guard and said the steel was galvanised ( a la Landrover) We were totally blown away, honestly, I am not Suzuki dealer in disguise but a genuinely impressed now Vitara Fanatic!!! Please try one and do yourself a favour. I can't wait uuntil I pick our upo!!!!!
Pros: Body on frame construction
Cons: Poor fuel ecomony
Advice: Drive all the rest then drive this one. Don't just take it around the block take it for 60 minutes.2004 Grand Vitara EX 4x4 is a great vehicle. At $18,500 after rebates purchased in September of 04 I am completely impressed. Yes this is a truck. Body on frame beats RAV4 and CR-V hands down. No it's not fast or nimble but it can handle anything you dish out. Great standard features and nice refinement. Suzuki offers better incentives than all the rest.