2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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$19,379

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2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Offroad performance with four-mode 4WD
  • Interior space
  • Ride comfort
  • Safety features
  • Visibility

The bad:

  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Glove box size and access

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 185-hp V-6
  • Available four-mode 4WD
  • Six standard airbags
  • Available five-speed automatic
  • Electronic Stability Program

2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara review: Our expert's take

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The small-SUV market is a tough league to play in, full of worthy contenders such as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV-4, Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander, Jeep Compass and the Korean twins, the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

Suzuki got a jump on all those manufacturers with the Samurai, introduced in the mid-1980s. The Samurai was a superb vehicle for what it was designed to do: traverse tight jungle trails. For life on the streets, though, it was slow as frozen molasses, rode like a buckboard, and its tipsy cornering earned it scorn from Consumer Reports that, though not entirely fair, was mostly deserved.

Still, with such an early start on building small SUVs, it’s odd that it took Suzuki until last year to build one that is on par with the competition. With only minor changes for 2007, the Suzuki Grand Vitara is, as it was when it was introduced in 2006, an excellent vehicle; for the money, it’s as good as any small SUV out there, including the Toyota and Honda.

The 2.7-liter, 185-horsepower V-6 is the only engine offered — no four-cylinder. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but our test model, a midlevel Xsport, had a five-speed automatic that works reasonably well but could use some re-programming to smooth out shifts. The engine has plenty of pep, but it’s thirstier than some of the competition: EPA rating is 19 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway.

The test model was two-wheel drive; all-wheel drive would add $1,400. Unless you live in a climate that results in a lot of slick roads, or unless you plan to do regular off-roading — and with beefy, trucklike frame rails, the Grand Vitara is ready — you’re OK with two-wheel drive. There are, after all, safety features such as electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes and side and side-curtain air bags standard.

On the road, the Grand Vitara rides well for its size, which is an overall length of 176 inches and a width of 71.3 inches, making it just a little larger than a Ford Escape. Handling is much better than you would expect. Inside, the cockpit is attractive and comfortable, with firm front bucket seats and adequate space in the back seat for adults. There’s 23.8 cubic feet of luggage space with the rear seat in place, and 67.3 with it folded down.

The Grand Vitara starts at $19,379 for the base model. The top of the line is the Luxury, which starts at $23,399 and includes leather upholstery, heated seats and a few other features. Our Xsport had only one option — a six-disc CD changer for $300 — but it wasn’t included in the overall price of $22,119 because of a promotion.

Cheap? No, but pretty reasonable, given the level of equipment. It has taken a while, but Suzuki is a finally a real player in the market it helped to create.

Sentinel Automotive Editor Steven Cole Smithcan be reached at scmsith@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5699.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

"Spunky" compact SUV, but with some odd "habits"

Vehicle impressed us with its comfort, overall quietness, handling, and ability to run away from a "lot" of other vehicles (with 5-speed auto trans). Mileage averages 18-20 mpg (mixed urban/rural driving). Wouldn't call it the handsomest SUV ever built, but seems to make other SUV owners jealous for some reason -- Have plowed through deep snow, driven it over 12,000 ft. passes, pulled (small) boat trailers, gone up old mining roads, it pretty much takes it all with aplomb. (but like reviews say, not a "lot" of ground clearance, so need to be careful) Then you have the "not-so-well-thought-out" annoyances: For a while, we fought the infamous "battle of the headlights" -- the bulbs are really hard to reach, burn out "a lot" (probably due to poor connectors), etc. -- Finally just ordered some replacement headlight housing "assemblies" from Amazon, came with neat little spring clips to hold the bulbs in, got some jumper kits to make better contact with the bulbs -- it's been a year or more since we had a bulb go out... Kinda hard on front brake pads, make "sure" you get the ceramic type (parts stores will try to sell you "original" metallic pads, but Suzuki themselves changed to ceramic pads later on) Heater controls are kind of flaky; mostly heat & A/C work great, but sometimes heater gets "confused", blows air out where it's not selected, fails to defrost, etc. -- some of this is due to the cabin air filter, which really needs to be regularly changed (it collects the most amazing variety of dirt, leaves, bugs, small birds, etc.). Recently (172,000) experienced an impressive "systems failure"; apparently the "speed sensor" gave out, set the check engine light, set off the ABS system, the ESP system, wife was afraid to keep driving. Finally located a speed sensor (one source in N. America apparently), that cured a lot of things. But still having ABS and ESP issues -- shop thinks its because one or both rear ABS sensors are quitting. "And", it's now setting a code that the 4wd Low switch circuit has failed. So I don't know if the car got struck by lightning, an EMP burst, or just decided to commit "SUV-a-cide" -- this may take full diagnostics to sort out (shiver...). Or maybe the "CAN bus" has turned into the "CAN't bus" (bad joke, sorry) "But", it still motors along like nothing's really wrong -- (would nickname it "Herbie" but that name's already been taken)

5.0

I would buy this vehicle again if I had th option!

I actually had purchased the vehicle a few years ago not knowing much about Suzuki. But ended up having the vehicle for over 5 years. I then gifted it to a friend upon my moving out of state. I must say this was one of the most comfortable vehicles I have ever owned as well as reliable. The original reason I purchased it was because I used to own a Geo Tracker (before Chevy bought and branded them). It had a Mitsubishi engine so I went looking for its Big Brother which turned out to be the Suzuki with the same type of engine. Mitsubishi engines are rated at three to four hundred thousand miles, so I knew that if I got this vehicle it would last forever. And it did! I beat the heck out of this car, put over 200,000 miles on it and it is still in good enough condition to be gifted. It's still running two years later, perfectly fine. It is just a shame that Suzuki stopped selling their vehicles in the states. Perhaps the reason they couldn't sell any more of their vehicles is because they were built too well... We may never know. ?

4.4

Reliable, affordable, small

This Suzuku is great for a single person, couple or very small family. The car runs extremely well with regular maintenance and gets great gas mileage. It's easy to maneuver and affordable to take care of. The interior is great for an individual or a couple. Otherwise, adding multiple adults in the back or a carseat makes the car a tight squeeze for anyone.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
36 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
84 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
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