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2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara

$1,988 — $1,988 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.2) 8 reviews

The Good

  • Easy to drive
  • Steering feel
  • Maneuverability
  • Front-seat space

The Bad

  • Rear-seat space
  • Ride comfort
  • Resale value
  • Short seat bottoms

What to Know

about the 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • 165-hp V-6
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Truck-based design
  • Low-range 4WD gearing

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The four-door Suzuki Grand Vitara is similar in size and appearance to the automaker’s Vitara V6 sport utility vehicle, but the larger version comes with a selection of additional features. The Grand Vitara has a V-6 engine rather than the regular Vitara’s four-cylinder, but a V-6 will be offered for 2004 to power the lower-priced Vitara V6.

For the 2004 model year, the Grand Vitara gets restyled headlights and taillights, as well as new silver roof rails and color-keyed door handles. The remote keyless entry system will feature a new panic button.

The Grand Vitara comes in a single trim level and is offered with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Even though it has been more popular than the Vitara, Suzuki’s newer and larger XL-7, which can seat up to seven people, outsells the Grand Vitara.

Exterior
The SUV measures 164.5 inches long overall, 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. A new hard spare-tire cover is installed for 2004.

Unlike some other small SUVs, the Grand Vitara is based on a truck chassis with separate body-on-frame construction. All versions ride on 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior
The Grand Vitara holds five people on front bucket seats and a split, folding rear seat. Modest cargo space behind the backseat can be expanded from 23.4 to 50.2 cubic feet by folding the seatback down.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning with m...
Vehicle Overview
The four-door Suzuki Grand Vitara is similar in size and appearance to the automaker’s Vitara V6 sport utility vehicle, but the larger version comes with a selection of additional features. The Grand Vitara has a V-6 engine rather than the regular Vitara’s four-cylinder, but a V-6 will be offered for 2004 to power the lower-priced Vitara V6.

For the 2004 model year, the Grand Vitara gets restyled headlights and taillights, as well as new silver roof rails and color-keyed door handles. The remote keyless entry system will feature a new panic button.

The Grand Vitara comes in a single trim level and is offered with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Even though it has been more popular than the Vitara, Suzuki’s newer and larger XL-7, which can seat up to seven people, outsells the Grand Vitara.

Exterior
The SUV measures 164.5 inches long overall, 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. A new hard spare-tire cover is installed for 2004.

Unlike some other small SUVs, the Grand Vitara is based on a truck chassis with separate body-on-frame construction. All versions ride on 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior
The Grand Vitara holds five people on front bucket seats and a split, folding rear seat. Modest cargo space behind the backseat can be expanded from 23.4 to 50.2 cubic feet by folding the seatback down.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning with micron air filtration, an in-dash CD player with seven-speaker sound, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Heated mirrors, except on the two-wheel-drive LX model, are new for 2004.

Under the Hood
The Grand Vitara runs on a 165-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 162 pounds-feet of torque and teams with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available. Suzuki’s four-wheel-drive system includes a Low range that is intended for use only on slippery surfaces.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional. Daytime running lights are installed on all models.

Driving Impressions
Other than a somewhat choppy ride when the pavement is imperfect, the Grand Vitara is reasonably appealing but not necessarily above any competitors. Performance from the V-6 and automatic transmission is satisfactory but not exceptional. This SUV is moderately energetic, but it’s no powerhouse when extra zest is needed for passing. Automatic-transmission shifts are noticeable but not bothersome.

The around-town ride isn’t bad. The Grand Vitara copes rather adroitly with bumps, and despite a firm suspension, it’s not as bouncy as some rivals. Handling also ranks around the SUV average. The Grand Vitara grabs corners quite confidently and 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 when the front seat is moved rearward. Cargo space behind the backseat is moderate, and the cargo cover doesn’t conceal the entire area.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
8 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
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(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.1)
(4.0)

Just Bought It, Better than I expected.

by Hyped&Happy from Portland, OR on November 7, 2018

Needed to acquire a used 4 x 4, this fell into our laps. I think we got an excellent deal, it's much nicer than we thought it would be. With just over 100k, She has plenty of miles in her & we have ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car ever!

by 62 year old lady from Kennewick, WA on October 27, 2017

This car met all of my needs. The price was right and I liked the engine size and the fact that it could excel when on the freeway. The interior was clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Grand Vitara received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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