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Pros: Inside is very spacious especially the leg room area. The rear seat can be folded to its maximum potential so theres enough cargo space at the back.
Cons: The glove box is a little bit smaller but it did not bother me at all.
Advice: The brand itself is very dependable since its a Japanese made vehicle. This car will last for a long period of time.Its easy to manuever. Feels like a car. The seats are very comfortable.
Pros: looks, off-road strengths, V6 passing, and compact size is easy to park
Cons: rear leg room, I wish they added six inches.
Advice: 2004&2005 models are better, many weak reviews were of earlier models. This car will restore joy of the road again.I test drived a jeep liberty sport, subaru impreza, and pontiac vibe. I gave up on the vibe, as in the winter the heater didn't heat the car up, and acceleration @120hp AWD was wimpy. The impreza with 170hp great horse power but too low to the ground and AWD not 4WD. The jeep liberty, of comparable price 'sport' model, had low-end look and feel, it was the cheap jeep. Grand Vitara, classy interior with great standard stuff. It had V6, 4WD, real truck/tank-like built & frame, keyless entry (wife loves), and nice looks. Smooth quiet ride and has neato power thrust button for automatics (puts 'sport' back in SUV). Compact body was important as I street park in a big city often. The off-road capabilities really useful for unplowed streets and deep pot holes (city approved). There is no other compact SUV with same off-road, V6, 4WD, comfort and style for the price. This vehicle is in a unique class with no competitors for the price, real off-road, V6, and 4WD. I fell in love with driving again (last car which had this much fun was my 1979 chev. malibu so its been a while). I am 5'11'' and thought I might find it's width tight, yet more I drive it, more I like it. It's really is a great ride. My wife whips around in this car, so that tells you a lot about its safe built-like a tank feel and ride, since she never did that with 4-cylinders.
Pros: Buid Quality, like a Benz
Cons: Space in rear
Advice: Try one for yourself, don't believe the reviews- just can't fathom why its so under rated...All the reviews said I should hate this vehicle but why did I like it so much when I test drove it? Are all the reviews wrong or is it just me. Tested a few others but this was nicest. I know I am not suppose to like it but I love it. It just is put together so well, like a tank and it handles well. It has everything standard too.