• (3.2) 6 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $4,915–$10,755
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-22
  • Engine: 166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Suzuki calls its Grand Vitara an "offroad athlete." The five-passenger SUV is based on a purely Suzuki design, and competitors include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4. Base, XSport and Luxury versions are offered.

New for 2009
The Grand Vitara gets a four-cylinder and a larger V-6, an updated front grille and bumper, rear disc brakes and a few new interior amenities.

The Grand Vitara features accented flared fenders and a tailgate-mounted spare tire. It measures 176 inches long, 71.3 inches wide and 66.3 inches tall. It's longer than the Tucson but shorter than the CR-V and RAV4. It's fairly close to its competitors in both width and height.

  • Seventeen or eighteen inch alloy wheels on V-6 all-wheel-drive models
  • New front grille and bumper
  • Moonroof on XSport and Luxury editions

There's room for five in the Grand Vitara on front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding rear seat that offers fold-and-tumble operation. XSport and Luxury models include a six-CD changer. A SmartPass keyless start system, standard on XSport and Luxury models, locks and unlocks the vehicle with the press of a button on the door.
  • New driver information display
  • Illuminated steering-wheel controls
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Automatic climate control
  • Sun-visor extenders
  • Armrest with slide function

Under the Hood
The Grand Vitara's previous 2.7-liter V-6 has been done away with for 2009. New engines include a smaller four-cylinder and a larger V-6. The four-cylinder comes with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. V-6 models have a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard and single- or four-mode full-time all-wheel drive is available. The four-mode system includes 4H, 4H Lock (slippery), 4L Lock and Neutral positions, and it has a limited-slip center differential. The neutral position allows for flat towing behind recreational vehicles without mileage accumulation. All-wheel-drive V-6 models feature standard hill descent and hill hold controls. Hill descent control automatically applies the brakes when driving down steep, rough and/or slippery hills to help control vehicle speed. When starting to drive up a steep or slippery hill, hill hold control prevents the vehicle from rolling backward when the driver's foot moves from the brake to the accelerator.
  • 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 162 pounds-feet of torque
  • 230-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 with 213 pounds-feet of torque
  • Fully independent suspension
  • 3,000-pound towing capacity
  • Rear disc brakes

For 2009, the frame is strengthened for increased rigidity. V-6 models with all-wheel drive feature hill hold control as well as hill descent control.

Other standard features include:
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensors
  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Electronic stability system
  • Strengthened frame for increased rigidity

Consumer Reviews


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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 ca... Read Full Review

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2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara Safety Ratings

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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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