2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara Review

Pros & Cons

  • Standard V6, impressive list of features, low-range transfer case with the 4WD option.
  • Harsh suspension, unimpressive brakes, cramped rear seats, lack of cargo space.
List Price Estimate
$1,627 - $2,871

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Edmunds' Expert Review

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

2005 Highlights

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

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara.

9 reviews
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Tough vehicle
We were involved in a rollover wreck on black-ice. This car held up really well, both my passenger and I walked away with no injuries! There were several other accidents that weekend, and I saw many SUV's on the back of wreckers (large and small). My Suzuki was the only SUV that the roof hadn't completely collapsed or caved in at the front. The front corners of the roof came down about an inch, the windshield and driver-side window broke but stayed intact. The rollover happened on pavement, after hitting the guardrail at about a 45 degree angle. We were traveling at 45-50 mph. I was so impressed by how this vehicle held-up, I bought another too replace it.
Good car for the money
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.
This Car is the "Bomb"
Gary Cates,08/11/2015
LX Rwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
I have a 1999 Suzuki Grand vitara with 200,000? miles on it. It's never been in the shop for anything mechanical or major. I'm 68 years old and this is one of the best cars I have ever owned. We live on top of a mountain in Colorado and this car has never let us down. We are looking to upgrade to a 2005 model. But, whatever we buy, it's going to be a Suzuki! Thanks, Gary Cates
Good value
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.

Features & Specs

17 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
165 hp @ 6500 rpm
17 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
165 hp @ 6500 rpm
17 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
165 hp @ 6500 rpm
17 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
165 hp @ 6500 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara Overview

The Used 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara is offered in the following submodels: Grand Vitara SUV. Available styles include LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A), EX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A), LX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M), LX Rwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A), EX Rwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A), LX Rwd 4dr SUV w/ABS (2.5L 6cyl 4A), EX Rwd 4dr SUV w/ABS (2.5L 6cyl 4A), LX Rwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5M), and LX Rwd 4dr SUV w/ABS (2.5L 6cyl 5M).

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Should I lease or buy a 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara?

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