Truck-based frame and driveline, two-door convertible option.
Harsh ride, cramped rear seats, lack of cargo room.
Small SUV sales are hot, but there is little reason the Vitara should be contributing to mini-ute sales growth charts unless somebody out there really wants a convertible SUV and can't afford a Jeep Wrangler.
Now in its third year of production, the Vitara finds itself up against more competition than ever in the form of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Kia Sportage, not to mention the Jeep Wrangler and Isuzu Rodeo Sport. As the mini-ute category heats up, the older Suzuki is beginning to show its age when compared to the young blood in the category.
The Vitara comes in two variations: a two-door soft top and a four-door model. Both models are built using sturdy body-on-frame construction and both can be ordered in either two- or four-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models benefit from a low-range transfer case for extreme off-road conditions. An independent MacPherson strut front suspension and five-link coil-spring rear suspension is standard on all Vitaras.
Power comes in the form of either a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The former produces 97 horsepower and 103 ft-lbs. of torque, while the latter generates 127 hp and 143 ft-lbs. of torque. Both engines are mated to a standard five-speed transmission or optional four-speed automatic.
The styling of the Vitara is clean, with smooth curves and rounded features. The front end features large, multi-reflector headlights and a restyled, monotone grille. The two-door Vitara allows you to fold back the durable, canvas top for a sunroof effect, or completely remove the cover for convertible-like exposure. For some this feature is a major selling point, while others might bemoan the two-door for its scant 9.9 cubic feet of storage space.
Although the Vitara does possess durable truck-like underpinnings, anyone looking to do some serious off-roading would be better served with a Jeep Wrangler. In all other aspects, the Vitara falls well short of its more modern, more powerful competitors. However, if you're heart is still set on it, be sure to check out Chevrolet's Tracker. Built right along side the Vitara, the Tracker offers a virtually identical package that includes 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance and is often coupled with big rebates to boot.
All Vitara models get a restyled front grille, new seat fabric, a larger audio unit with an in-dash CD player and new exterior colors.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2001 Suzuki Vitara.
I have had my Vitara about 9 yrs with over 130,000 miles.
No repairs needed except an o2 sensor at 100,000 mi
I live in the mountains at about 5000 ft I go off road and drive in snow all the time
* I gave it a 5 for comfort taking into consideration it is a body on frame 4x4 getting 20-25 mpg
3.75 out of 5 stars
Good car, expected maintenance
JX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
Purchased this car used in 2009 with 118K miles on it. Had a problem with a very squealy belt, replaced, still squealed. Honestly don't remember what resolved this issue. Radiator cracked at 140K for the first time. Cracked twice after (warrantied), turns out the water pump was building too much pressure, replaced water pump. O2 sensors replaced at 160K. Maybe have spent $1000 over 5 years on maintenance (excluding oil changes, brakes, filters, tires, etc., also all labor done by my loving father). Overall this car has been very reliable and required little maintenance for an older car with exponential miles. 22-26 mpg, no difference between highway/city but winter/summer.
4.75 out of 5 stars
I like my Zuki
JX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I purchases a nearly new 2001 Vitara a
couple months ago. I really love it.
It's my first 4 wheel drive but we
looked at several before purchasing
(including the Liberty and the RAV4).
I enjoy driving it and it works great
on the snow in 4 wheel drive!
I would recommend it to others who are
looking for a decent priced 4 wheel
5 out of 5 stars
2001 Suzuki Vitara JX
JX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I like my vitara very much and feel very safe driving it. It handles excellent in the snow and I have never had a problem with it when windy out.Its been very reliable and I have had it since it was new and I still love it. I would say to anyone looking to buy one that you really cant go wrong with this Vitara 2001. I have had mine 8 years now and its still going strong.I can understand why you don't see too many people selling them. Once you have one its hard to part with it.
The Used 2001 Suzuki Vitara is offered in the following submodels: Vitara SUV. Available styles include JLS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A), JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A), JLX 4WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A), JX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A), JX 4WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (1.6L 4cyl 4A), JLX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Alloy Wheels (2.0L 4cyl 4A), JLS 2WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A), JLS 2WD 4dr SUV w/Alloy Wheels (2.0L 4cyl 4A), JS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A), JS 2WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (1.6L 4cyl 4A), JLS 2WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), JLX 4WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), JLX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), JLS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), JX 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), JS 2WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (1.6L 4cyl 5M), JLS 2WD 4dr SUV w/Alloy Wheels (2.0L 4cyl 5M), JX 4WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (1.6L 4cyl 5M), JS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and JLX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Alloy Wheels (2.0L 4cyl 5M).
Pre-owned Suzuki Vitara models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 127 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 2001 Suzuki Vitara comes with rear wheel drive, and four wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic.
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