2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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14 reviews
Available Price Range $2,598-$9,614 Trims8 Combined MPG 20-21 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Our Take

Suzuki calls the newly redesigned version of its primary sport utility vehicle an "offroad athlete" and says it delivers "class-leading interior space." Based on a purely Suzuki design, the 2006 Gr... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Unforgiving ride
  • Unresponsive automatic transmission
  • Interior design is hit-and-miss
  • Power seats not offered
  • Options locked in packages

Notable Features

  • Standard V-6 engine
  • Optional 4WD with low range
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional keyless start


Our Expert Reviews

Suzuki's redesigned Grand Vitara is among the few compact SUVs that use elements of a sturdy truck-style frame in their construction. As such, its ponderous reactions during city driving are somewhat expected; what's interesting is how the Grand Vitara's handling improves when hustled through challenging, twisty roads — it morphs into an SUV that's entertaining to dri... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

Based on 14 reviews


by Girl w/ Vitara from Virginia on May 7, 2009

This is the only vehicle that I have ever owned that I have kept over two years and have no plans to get rid of it anytime soon. I love it!!!! There is plenty of room for when I take all three of my v... Read Full Review

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Suzuki Grand Vitara Base

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Suzuki Grand Vitara Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Suzuki Grand Vitara Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Suzuki Grand Vitara Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

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