2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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(3.2) 6 reviews
Key Specs
Our Take
Safety & Recalls
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Key Specs

of the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Offroad performance with 4WD
  • Interior space
  • Safety features
  • Visibility

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara

  • Available four-mode 4WD
  • New four-cylinder and V-6 engines
  • Available five-speed automatic
  • Electronic stability system
  • Hill hold and hill descent control

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What Drivers Are Saying


Best vehicle I have owned for winter driving.

by Suzuki Driver from Elizabethville, PA on August 12, 2017

I really like the "Hill Descent Control" feature. That has been a lifesaver as I had to drive almost 70 miles just one way to work for 4 of the 6 years that I have owned the car. Winter driving can be ... Read full review


Horrible vehicle

by Suzuki Done Vitara from Dallas, TX on May 11, 2015

We bought this clunker in January 2010 at 8900 miles. From the get go, nothing but problems. The A/C went out before summer started, and the dealership repaired it. Indicator lights on the dash would ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara has not been tested.

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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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