• (4.3) 3 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,918–$7,650
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-20
  • Engine: 165-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Our Take on the Latest Model 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara

2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Though the Grand Vitara is similar in size and appearance to Suzuki’s Vitara, it carries a V-6 engine instead of a four-cylinder and has a selection of additional features. Only a four-door hardtop is available, unlike the regular Vitara, which also comes as a two-door convertible.

For 2002, output from the Grand Vitara’s 2.5-liter V-6 engine rises to 165 horsepower. A fender-mounted antenna and LATCH child-safety seat tethers are new this year, and the JLS version gains antilock brakes. The JLS and JLX models get privacy glass, and heated mirrors are featured on four-wheel-drive models. The Plus model is no longer available. The top-of-the-line Grand Vitara is called the Limited.

Measuring 164.5 inches long overall, the four-door Grand Vitara rides a 97.6-inch wheelbase and stands nearly 68 inches tall. The spare tire is mounted on the tailgate, which opens to the right. Unlike some other small sport utility vehicles, the Grand Vitara is based on a truck chassis with separate body-on-frame construction, and all trims ride on 16-inch tires.

The Grand Vitara holds five occupants on front buckets and a split, folding rear seat. Modest cargo space behind the rear seat can be expanded to nearly 45 cubic feet by folding the seatback down. Limited models are equipped with leather seating and a sunroof.

Under the Hood
The Grand Vitara uses a 165-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 engine that teams with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available. Suzuki’s 4WD system includes a Low range that is intended for use only on slippery surfaces. Antilock brakes are standard on most models, while daytime running lights are standard on all models.

Driving Impressions
Except for a somewhat choppy ride on the highway when the pavement is imperfect, the Grand Vitara is an appealing vehicle — if not necessarily a step above any of the competition. Performance from the V-6 and automatic transmission is satisfactory, but not exceptional. It is moderately energetic, but it’s no powerhouse when extra zest is needed for passing. Automatic-transmission shifts are noticeable, but not bothersome. Around town, the ride isn’t bad; the Grand Vitara copes rather adroitly over bumps despite a firm suspension. It’s not as bouncy as some rivals.

Handling also ranks around the SUV average. The Grand Vitara is quite easy to drive, it corners quite confidently, and it steers with a rather light feel and good response. The interior is more spacious than it appears at a glance, but the driver’s left-elbow space is a little tight. Backseat legroom is minimal if the front seat is moved rearward. Cargo space behind the backseat is moderate, and the cargo cover does not conceal the entire area, but it’s easy to load. Seat bottoms are very short but not uncomfortable, though longer drives could be more taxing.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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Good deal for low end car/suv.

by Maje from Jasper,Tn on September 28, 2017

Interior is perfect size for average woman. Handles well in town and on hwy. Although it is a mini suv, it has plenty of room for bi-weekly grocery trips. No special amenities.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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