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Suzuki Grand Vitara Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.7 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 185 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara

  • The 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara is a tenfold leap over the previous truck-based version. This new Suzuki SUV offers a smooth, quiet highway ride along with a stylish interior.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Quality interior, quiet cabin, long list of standard features.

  • Cons

    Economy-minded four-cylinder no longer an option.

  • What's New for 2006

    For 2006 Suzuki has fully redesigned its Grand Vitara compact SUV. For the new Grand Vitara, Suzuki abandoned the truck-based platform of the previous versions and built it on a more carlike frame, although it's reinforced to allow for some off-road duty. The Grand Vitara now has a fairly deluxe interior and uses little of the previous version's cheap-looking plastic.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Not all that great

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Vehicle: 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

all 4 tires only lasted 1yr, 17'' rims just makes it very expensive to replace tires and spare only had 16''rim, 6 cd player ate my cds and to replace costs hundreds, replaced battery 3X already, replaced both headlights 3X already, replaced broken rear shock that caused the car to fishtail in bad weather, was told it was a 4WD when I bought it but wasn't, seats very uncomfortable and hard, dummy lights continue to come on randomly, brakes always squealed, interior light just fell into pieces, if your auto headlight switch is off, which is hidden behind the steering wheel, you can be driving at night with no tail lights. very dangerous, window cracks too easy. 2nd window cracking. Etc Etc..




Would never own another suzuki

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Vehicle: 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

Bought my GV with 17 miles on it and by 13,ooo miles had to replace 2 tires. At 23,000 had to replace the other two tires. Had to deal with 2 recall issues, one happened before the recall notice was made. Brakes started to feel mushy and at 38,000 miles 2 more tires were wearing out!! Gas mileage was terrible and the head lights made driving terrible at night! Just traded it in on 09/06/10 for a Toyota that I love!! Buying the Suzuki was the most costly and stupid mistake I ever made.




No problems here

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Vehicle: 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

Great small SUV that's fun to drive. Have had it just a few weeks, but have had no problems with it. The only thing I don't care for is the gas mileage, seems I'm stopping more often than i use to with my Olds Silloutte I traded for it. It however does have smaller tank too. It is very peppy though when it comes to getting out on the highway which I like.




So far so good

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Vehicle: 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

This truck is holding up well.The first thing I did was change the tire package. Changed to synthetic oil and gear oil And upgraded the stereo. It has been a good truck my wife likes the comfort the truck offers. The engine is noisy but produces just enough. A bit more would be nice. We like this truck so far. 23500 miles and still going




Happy me

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Vehicle: 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

Bought this vehicle the day after turn in and I have loved every minute! I have found no problems with it's get up and go at anytime! Including getting on highways on short ramps and getting through heavy traffic. It's now on it's second journey to Tenn. from very flat Florida and has been a rock for dependablity. Even though it has spent most of its life a couple feet above sea level it does not not hesistate to tackle the Smokey Mtns with a vengance and ease. I do agree that it's a bit shift happy when the cruise controls on or going down hills but I dont have many hills to go down at home and the hills I have encountered (ie: Smokeys), I'll gladly take it downshifting to slow itself!




Can't beat the price!

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Vehicle: 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 5A)

The Grand Vitara is a great SUV for the price. I got mine very cheap and love the drive. It has decent gas mileage. Its mileage it a lot better than my other SUV! I have no complains.



Full 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review

What's New for 2006

For 2006 Suzuki has fully redesigned its Grand Vitara compact SUV. For the new Grand Vitara, Suzuki abandoned the truck-based platform of the previous versions and built it on a more carlike frame, although it's reinforced to allow for some off-road duty. The Grand Vitara now has a fairly deluxe interior and uses little of the previous version's cheap-looking plastic.

Introduction

The latter years of the 1999 to 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara were not particularly bright. While this compact SUV did offer decent off-road ability, it lacked the increasing amount of refinement and finesse found in newer vehicles such as the CR-V and RAV4. Those compact SUVs wouldn't handle much more than a gravel road in terms of off-road character but they had what most buyers wanted: a smooth ride and adequate interior space without the fuel gulping and parking hassles of a full-size truck.

Suzuki has clearly been paying attention as the fully redesigned 2006 Grand Vitara offers features, styling and quality on par with the top compact SUVs. Not content to let Kia and Hyundai take the value spotlight, Suzuki also priced the Grand Vitara competitively and included the company's stellar 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. For 2006, there is no longer a Suzuki Vitara; that four-cylinder model has been dropped and all Vitaras are now Grand Vitaras. All come standard with a V6 and the two top trim levels offer an improved four-wheel-drive system.

Despite the low base price, the new Suzuki Grand Vitara offers plenty of features as standard. Items like micron air filtration, tinted rear windows, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, keyless entry, stability control, and ABS are all included in the sub-$20,000 base model. But the real deluxe features are included on the XSport and the Luxury Package models. Most notable is the SmartPass system that allows you to enter and start the Suzuki SUV without ever handling a key. The XSport also adds a five-speed automatic and fender flares. The top-of-the-line Luxury version with leather, sunroof, 17-inch wheels and HomeLink add a few thousand dollars to the price but the value is still reasonable when comparing to a fully loaded CR-V.

The new interior of the Grand Vitara is far beyond anything we've seen from Suzuki in terms of style, materials quality and luxury. The dash incorporates nice textures and flowing lines, and the gauges are housed in an attractive three-circle fashion with each ring surrounded by faux aluminum trim. The center stack is also bordered by simulated aluminum trim and the stereo controls especially feel more upscale than expected. The seats are comfortable for long drives, but the cloth seats feel a little comfier than the leather. However, the leather used on those seats is very soft. Overall, the Grand Vitara's interior looks and feels more like something out of the $30,000 segment rather than a budget-priced Suzuki SUV. This is probably the first Suzuki that has Honda and Toyota glancing over their shoulders.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Suzuki Grand Vitara, a four-door compact SUV, is offered in four styles: base, Premium, XSport, and Luxury. Base models come well equipped with items like 16-inch wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, full power accessories, a MP3-compatible CD player and steering wheel-mounted controls. To this, the Premium style adds alloy wheels an in-dash CD changer and the XSport adds a standard automatic transmission and a remote "SmartPass" keyless engine-start feature. The top-line Luxury style includes leather seating, 17-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, heated front seats and wood grain trim.

Powertrains and Performance

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is powered by a 2.7-liter V6 making 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is standard on the base and premium models and a five-speed automatic is optional. Luxury and XSport versions have that automatic as a standard feature. Four-wheel drive is available for each style.

Safety

Standard safety features on the Grand Vitara include stability control, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, side curtain airbags for front and rear outboard passengers and front side airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Grand Vitara's new interior is one of the best-looking we've seen in any Suzuki. The dash incorporates nice textures and flowing lines, and the gauges are housed in an attractive three-circle fashion with each ring surrounded by faux aluminum trim. The center stack is also bordered by simulated aluminum trim and the stereo controls especially feel more upscale than expected. With the rear seats lowered, there's 68.9 cubic feet of cargo room available.

Driving Impressions

The 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara now rides on a unibody frame which gives it a more carlike ride. Even at highway speeds the interior remains quiet and there is little wind or road noise. Suzuki wanted to retain some of the old Grand Vitara's off-road prowess so it built a ladder frame into the structure and as a result it does tackle rutted trails and steep dirt roads with some of the old truck's flair. The standard V6 is quiet and powerful enough, although we suspect a hardier engine would result in less downshifting while traveling in mountainous areas.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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