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2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV

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Suzuki Grand Vitara Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara

  • An aging mini SUV increasingly outdistanced by the competition.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Standard V6, distinctive looks, low-range transfer case on 4x4 models.

  • Cons

    Harsh suspension, unimpressive brakes, cramped rear seats, lack of cargo space.

  • What's New for 2002

    For 2002, the Grand Vitara's model matrix has been simplified. The JLS (rear-wheel drive) and JLX (four-wheel drive) share most equipment, and the Limited Edition is available with either drive system. Hoping to better match the competition, Suzuki upped the V6's power for 2002, improving acceleration and throttle response. In terms of equipment, all Vitaras get the LATCH child seat system, 4WD vehicles now have heated side mirrors and optional heated seats, and the Limited Edition trim gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Wrapping things up, Suzuki is now offering 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and towing for the duration of the vehicle's warranty to increase customer satisfaction.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 19
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Fun car to drive for

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

I've had this car for 3 years and so far it's been very reliable. The only problem I've had is brakes that shimmy. This car is a bit bumpy but the stiff suspension helps out when offroading.(needs more clearance though) My biggest complaint is the cheap plastic side panels. I've made several repairs on them already and the Nevada sun is causing the paint to peel. If your thinking of buying one go for it as long as you don't mind the side panels falling off ocasionally.




Satisfied after 6 years

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A)

I bought the Suzuki new in September 2002. I thought about buying a Jeep Wrangler but the Suzuki was less expensive and had more bells and whistles for the buck. After 96,000 miles it is still tight and runs well. I got 24 mpg on the hiway this summer. Best of all it's paid for!




Not bad for the money

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A)

I guess Suzuki is the "poor man's Toyota". The cheapest of all the Japanese SUVs, but for much less money - is worth it. Very customer-friendly transferrable warranty, and good customer service. Not quite a Toyota, Honda, Nissan, or Mazda, but I predict Suzuki will catch up to the other Japanese automakers soon.




Good all around truck

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A)

The Grand Vitara is absolutely fantastic. It's a fun vehicle with a real thirst for those everyday jobs too. It is almost the best vehicle that I have ever owned (the best was an Audi TT roadster). Buy one and bag yourself loads of fun and practical driving, too. It uses a lot of fuel though... :0)




A great lil' suv

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A)

I've had my Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited since 2/2002, and it has been a wonderful vehicle to own. I've had just one recall on it, and I was notified of it promptly. My only regrets were not having side-curtain airbags and a GPS system. The airbag situation seems to have been rectified in the 2006 model.




Great value suv with nice

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Vehicle: 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A)

My husband was in a four car crash in 2002 in our 2001 Gr Vitara Limited, there were two fatalities in this accident. We feel that the safety features of the Gr Vitara was definitely put to the test in this accident, even though the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled, but due to the lack of injuries sustained, we felt the safety features were a definite reason to replace it with another like vehicle. The 2002 Gr Vitara Limited had heated seats and side mirror defrosters, both options are great!



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Full 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review

What's New for 2002

For 2002, the Grand Vitara's model matrix has been simplified. The JLS (rear-wheel drive) and JLX (four-wheel drive) share most equipment, and the Limited Edition is available with either drive system. Hoping to better match the competition, Suzuki upped the V6's power for 2002, improving acceleration and throttle response. In terms of equipment, all Vitaras get the LATCH child seat system, 4WD vehicles now have heated side mirrors and optional heated seats, and the Limited Edition trim gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Wrapping things up, Suzuki is now offering 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and towing for the duration of the vehicle's warranty to increase customer satisfaction.

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Talk About The 2002 Grand Vitara

2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Discussions See all Started By

carrino
carrino
10-02-2006
Its been a long time since i have posted, but i wanted to let toymaker1 know that i love the verona. mine is a 2004 ex bought in dec 2003, and i have 48,100 miles on it. I do alot of traveling in my j...


jboucheb
jboucheb
05-08-2002
I'm currently installing a K&N intake on my 5 speed, 2002 JLX Grand Vitara. I'm also planning on upgrading the whole exhaust system. Does anyone know of anything that I can add to make this bad bo...


kc5yti
kc5yti
12-08-2004
quite some time ago and it involve the 2000-2003 Grand Vitaras and XL-7s. My 2002 has not had the issue pop up, yet, but I am paying very close attention to it. From what I understand, the repair j...



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