Bought new for $15k in 2011and I can’t complain (last one on the lot). The GPS and owners manual were lost but I use my phone for GPS and Googled the manual. Almost 7 years of ownership and it just turned 49k miles with no problems. I live in the Phoenix, Arizona, area so it’s fairly flat. 25 MPG is normal. The 5 speed manual isn’t perfect, meaning it doesn’t shift like a Mazda 3’s 6 speed. It’s not geared for speed off the line and 5th gear is a 1:1 ratio so there is no overdrive (a 6 speed would’ve improved things a lot). The front seats are not comfortable after an hour although I did add sheepskin seat covers to help a bit. Two sets of tires so far — the original Yokohama’s wore out quickly. Only took it to a dealer twice for minor recalls but there aren’t really any dealers anymore. No problems though; it’s reliable and rugged. Still looks good. I use synthetic oil and drive about 8 or 9k between changes. Just drove it 2k miles to North Carolina with no difficulty. The side-opening rear gate is perfect for me. Good cargo room. Road noise isn’t too bad. Our other car is a Cadillac CT6 AWD so I know comfort and quiet.
2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Premium 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I recently (2017) purchased a 2010 Grand Vitara Premium model with the 4-cylinder engine based on the *great* reviews given here. Please, please keep away. I was totally unaware that these models have a known failing AC issue. Your interior compartment *will* eventually flood if you use the AC. There is a connection that goes through the firewall between the internal AC system and the external drain pipe that will fail. There is no replaceable part to fix the issue. You would need to get the entire internal one-piece component, but it would still have the same flaw and will eventually fail.
2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Premium 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I absolutely love this vehicle for it's value and overall performance.It feels rock solid on the road with no squeaks or rattles and the handling is superb. It is exceptionally comfortable in long trips and the overall mileage is pretty good. I have test driven other popular brands before buying and the Grand Vitara is a clear winner by a wide margin.
GPS, auto headlights, dashboard illuminates like an aircraft cockpit at night (nice), exterior and interior appearance. Nothing looks cheap for the price.