2003 Suzuki Vitara Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Available two-door soft-top body style, truck-based body-on-frame construction means off-road capability.
  • Meager cargo space, cramped rear seats, lacks refinement.

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.

2003 Highlights

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

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the Used 2003 Suzuki Vitara.

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4.25 out of 5 stars
Love my 'Zuki
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.
4.75 out of 5 stars
My Baby!
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!
4.38 out of 5 stars
It's Perfect For Me
Rwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I traded a minivan for my Suzuki Vitara and I couldn't be happier. It performs perfectly, I LOVE the gas mileage. I like the way it handles driving around town especially.
4.75 out of 5 stars
My Toy
4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I love my Vitara, I was set on getting a 4WD after last winter and being stuck in the house. I shopped around for the best value, with the features I wanted and the price I wanted to pay. I did over 3 months of looking before deciding on the Vitara. I LOVE IT!!!!!


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    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
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 2003 Suzuki Vitara

Used 2003 Suzuki Vitara Overview

The Used 2003 Suzuki Vitara is offered in the following submodels: Vitara SUV. Available styles include 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Rwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 4WD 2dr Soft Top SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and Rwd 2dr Soft Top SUV (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 2003 Suzuki Vitara comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual. The Used 2003 Suzuki Vitara comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 7 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Suzuki Vitara?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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