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2003 Suzuki Vitara SUV


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Suzuki Vitara Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 127 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Suzuki Vitara

  • The small SUV segment has some pretty heavy hitters for this year, and the Vitara is being squeezed out of its market share. Having off-road capability and being a convertible isn't a strong enough draw for buyers.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Available two-door soft-top body style, truck-based body-on-frame construction means off-road capability.

  • Cons

    Meager cargo space, cramped rear seats, lacks refinement.

  • What's New for 2003

    Besides the merging of the JLS and JLX trim levels, not much has changed for the Suzuki Vitara this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (10 total reviews)

Does what i need it

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Vehicle: 2003 Suzuki Vitara 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I bought the Vitara because of the 4 wheel drive system, I need that low range. Included, is a comfortable ride, good handling, and enough cargo space for my son and I to go camping with all our gear (and drag along my boat or put the canoe on top). Reliability has been top notch and I take it places where people say "how did you get that up here". It is underpowered and consequently fuel mileage is so-so, I can't wait to get my hands on an 09 2.4L 4 cylinder - more power, more room, and better mileage (I hope).Had one since 1990 - probably always will.

My baby!

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Vehicle: 2003 Suzuki Vitara 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Have owned this car since 2003 and love it. We bought two to replace an Avalanche since we both needed cars in the snowy Appalachians, and mine got to be the 4WD! (Grown son is still driving #2.) I have driven the heck out of this thing for 111,000 miles, and the only thing repaired has been a brake switch (wouldn't allow me to take it out of Park.) That was a mystery at about 60,000 miles. Gas mileage is mid 20's, it has the perfect amount of cargo space for my small family, and the vehicle size is perfect for heavy traffic and parking garages here in Hawaii (yes, we shipped it from the East Coast; couldn't bear to part with it!) I wish these were still available. I'm hoping for 100,000!

Love my 'zuki

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Vehicle: 2003 Suzuki Vitara Rwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

My Suzuki Vitara has been wonderful. It handles easily, is truly economical to drive, and doesn't embarrass the kids. Too bad Suzuki discontinued the model, or I'd be trading it in for a newer one. It also has a pretty decent sound system in it, which I found to be a plus as soon as I started taking longer road trips. It even has nice safety features.

Gas Mileage


  • 20
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  • 23
  • highway
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Full 2003 Suzuki Vitara Review

What's New for 2003

Besides the merging of the JLS and JLX trim levels, not much has changed for the Suzuki Vitara this year.

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