2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.7L 6cyl 5A)
Bought new in Denver, in 3/2006. Is turning 100,000 tomorrow, so here's a review: Very fun to drive, "tight" feel, firm but not overly so suspension, decent ground clearance. TRUE 4x4, with Low Range- EXC! I lived @ 8,600' elevation for 7 years, and this little beast will climb thru 3' of powder snow with mud and snow tires. Decent sound system with subwoofer, CLIMATE CONTROL is really terrific! Comfy seats, but the driver's is coming apart a bit.
Great looking car, to me. Fun to drive, practical- rear seat backs flip down, OR you can fold n flip, like a "jump" seat in a Checker taxi. Hauls a good amount of stuff. Comes from factory with roof rack rails, and factor-add rack is really nice. Low range capability, climate control and sound system are great! Just 3 repairs in 100k- radiator developed A CRACK; Indy shop did this for about $600. Idler pulley and front x-fer case seal done under warranty, and neither stranded the car. I have also towed a 2-axle 6x12 U-haul trailer at the MAX rating of 3,500 lbs, and it towed very nicely! I was amazed at how well it towed a trailer that was nearly as big as the car, and weighed the same!
Better built seats. And ANY mini-mid-size SUV will NOT get good mileage. I average just 17-18 with this V-6 Auto...and I have had another mini-SUV (Escape) with a V-6, same deal. Do not expect good mileage- the EPA ratings are too optimistic, but that seems true for ALL EPA mileage ratings.
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