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2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara Sport Utility Crossover

4WD 4dr V6 Auto XSport

Starting at | Starting at 17 MPG City - 23 MPG Highway

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  • $24,749 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara Sport Utility Crossover

Because of its fully independent suspension and ladder frame design within a uni-body structure, Suzuki calls the Grand Vitara 'The Off-Road Athlete.' The solid chassis has been upgraded for 2009 for a more rugged performance. Safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, traction control, anti-skid system, curtain side airbags with rollover sensors, front side airbags and electronic stability control, to help prevent the loss of control of the vehicle. Towing capacity is 3,000 pounds with the V6 engine.

What's new for 2009?

The Suzuki Grand Vitara enters its third model year with more engine choices for 2009. It is now available with an inline 4-cylinder twin-cam 2.4L engine that makes 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque mated to either a 4-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a 3.2L V6 engine with 230 horsepower and 213 pound-feet of torque. In addition to rear-wheel drive available on all Vitaras, two 4-wheel drive systems are also available: a single-mode system and the Four-Mode by Suzuki, which is a full-time 4-wheel drive system with a 2-speed transfer case. The 185-horsepower, 2.7L V6 engine of 2008 is no longer available.

Model Strengths

  • Comfortable, affordable compact SUV
  • great off-road performance with 4-wheel drive
  • rugged body-on-frame construction

Model Review

The Grand Vitara seats five, and with the 60/40-split rear seat folded forward, also called Fold-and-Tumble, its already roomy 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space can be expanded to nearly 69 cubic feet. Side-hinged rear cargo door allow for even more, larger cargo to carried.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the Suzuki Grand Vitara in order to give you an expert opinion in this Bottom Line. Then TheCarConnection.com researched available road tests pertaining to the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara to help you get the most information as you shop for a new vehicle.

The five-passenger Grand Vitara compact SUV is reasonably civilized on-road, and it has the goods to perform decently off-road--including such features as a ladder frame and truck-style four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. The redesigned unibody construction, along with a fully independent suspension, results in a kinder, gentler ride and handling characteristics in the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara than the previous truck-based generation could muster.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is available with a choice of engines for the 2009 model year. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and should deliver EPA fuel economy estimates of around 19 mpg city, 26 highway. The new 3.2-liter V-6 engine, replacing the 2.7-liter V-6 and available in the Grand Vitara XSport and Luxury models, produces 230 horsepower and 213 lb-ft of torque. Despite its 45-horsepower increase, the new V-6, according to Suzuki, is 20 percent cleaner than the old V-6 and delivers better fuel economy.

Also new on the 2009 Grand Vitara is the front bumper design and grill and interior enhancements, including illuminated steering wheel controls, a sliding front center armrest, visor extenders, HVAC controls, an upgraded audio system, and updated cloth upholstery.

The high seating position, combined with good forward and side visibility and especially precise, direct steering, makes the Grand Vitara surprisingly convenient and maneuverable on tight city streets, with a footprint for parking that's about the same as the smallest sedans. The ride quality is decent, but it can deteriorate and get bouncy over choppy pavement. Outside city limits, the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara doesn't handle or brake as well as expected--partly due to its heavy 3,700-pound curb weight--and the high seating position exaggerates the modest body lean in sharp corners.

Cargo space is a letdown; the cargo floor is higher than expected, and the heavy, old-style side-opening tailgate can be difficult when parallel-parked or when you're trying to hold on to grocery bags with one hand. The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara also has front seats that are a little short in proportion for taller occupants, but the backseat has enough legroom for adults--only two though, as the body is quite narrow.

Unlike its competition, the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara has the underpinnings for serious off-roading. An available, dual-range, Four Mode four-wheel-drive system includes a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing for off-road use--or a fully automatic single-mode version.

Front-side and side-curtain airbags are standard on the Grand Vitara, along with anti-lock brakes and stability and traction control systems. The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara earned four-star ratings in frontal impact and five stars in side impact from the federal government, but it hasn't been tested by the insurance-supported IIHS.

The XSport features keyless entry and start, fog lamps, roof rails, alloy wheels, and an upgraded sound system. The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara Luxury adds heated leather seats, a hard-shell tire cover, and wood-grain trim. New features on all models include automatic climate control and a remote fuel-door release.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara is more maneuverable than larger rugged SUVs, but there aren't many other reasons to recommend it.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

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Driver Air Bag Std
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Side Head Air Bag Std
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Accident Prevention

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Security

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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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