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Suzuki Grand Vitara Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara

  • The 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara is an aging compact SUV increasingly outdistanced by the competition.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Standard V6, impressive list of features, low-range transfer case with the 4WD option.

  • Cons

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

  • What's New for 2005

    This year the Grand Vitara receives a three-point seatbelt for the rear center seat.

Full 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review

What's New for 2005

This year the Grand Vitara receives a three-point seatbelt for the rear center seat.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Good car for the money

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Vehicle: 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX Rwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A)

We bought the vehicle used with 26K miles. So far the only major problem has been the failure of the A/C evaporator core (about ($900 to repair). The cargo space is small. My honda civic could carry more stuff. Leg room could be better but okay if you are average height. Otherwise powerful engine, excellent in hwy driving and passing, and hilly terrain.Great features for the price and quality interior components.

Good value

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Vehicle: 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

It's a fun little SUV to drive. Great on snow and off road. Not too good from 0 to 60, a bit slow off the start. Gas mileage not the greatest. But has lots of standard features than most SUVs for a great price. Almost all options except sunroof. It's two years later and never had a problem.

One great car!

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Vehicle: 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

I had a 1991 Suzuki Sidekick for years and loved it. When I went for a new car in 2005, I knew exactly what I would purchase. This car drives like a dream and is extremely comfortable.

Suzuki grand vitara

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Vehicle: 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara EX Rwd 4dr SUV w/ABS (2.5L 6cyl 4A)

I love my Grand Vitara. As of today, 9/7/05, it has no problems other than a minor one with the CD player. I will go back to dealer and have them to fix the CD changer. This is an excellent little SUV to keep if you tend to keep the car 6 years or longer. Its fuel enconomy is about 19.50 ~ 21.88 mpg in my area. Mine is a great color (I have the blue bi-tone). I suggest using Mobile 1 sythetic oil for motor oil, differential and automatic transmission for long lasting lift of vehicle.

Very bad experience

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Vehicle: 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX Rwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Bought the vehicle a few months ago and had nothing but problems with it. Engine smoked twice, brought it to the dealership and they supposeably fixed problem..master cylinder. Engine caught on fire a few nights ago and doors automatically locked myself and passenger inside. Horrible experience, we're okay but truck was destroyed by fire. Suspected defective parts in engine. I wouldn't recommend this truck. Also the trim work kept falling off, was replaced twice. Glued on numerous times.

Suzuki stands beind their cars.

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Vehicle: 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

This is my 3rd Vitara & I think they are great. You get the features you need from an SUV, without having to break your bank. Became a repeat Suzuki customer because of their corporate integrity. Had big problem with 1st Vitara-was out of town & timing chain broke. Had to be towed to nearest Suzuki dealer. Was told by their mechanics that this shouldn't happen. Put in a call to Suzuki & even though it was out of warranty/over mileage - they had it fixed at NO cost to me! The owner of dealership was amazed, he had just started selling Suzukis, but had been owned auto mall for 30 yrs. Told me that he had never seen a manufacturer stand behind their products like this! Value & integrity!

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Got information on a new model (2000)for the Grand Vitara (GV) 12 inches will be added to the wheel base..... the car wll be lenghten to increase cargo room and add a third row of seats...the rear do...

It has a fully independent suspension, unibody construction with ladder-frame chassis (like Honda Ridgeline), full-time 4WD with a locking center differential and low range. In Japan HIDs, NAV and an?...

That leaves 4 spaces. One might be a body-on-frame SUV to replace the Grand Vitara...and it looks like one might be this Ignis. Some other guesses I have (pure speculation) are the Daewoo Tacuma and a...

Gas Mileage


  • 17
  • cty
  • 21
  • highway
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