• (4.6) 5 reviews
  • Available Prices: $6,270–$11,994
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-22
  • Engine: 166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara

What We Don't Like

  • Outdated interior styling
  • Swing gate limits cargo access in some settings
  • Snug backseat
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features

  • Seats five
  • Four-cylinder only
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available low-range 4WD
  • Rear swing gate

2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Suzuki calls its Grand Vitara an "off-road 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, Premium and Limited versions are offered.

New for 2011
The 3.2-liter V-6 engine has been dropped, so all Grand Vitaras now come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The navigation system adds Google Local Search features and traffic and weather information on Premium and Limited models.

The Grand Vitara features accented flared fenders and a tailgate-mounted spare tire. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Standard front tow hooks
  • Standard body-colored side moldings

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. The Limited version includes a seven-speaker audio system and SmartPass keyless start system, which locks and unlocks the vehicle with the press of a button on the door. Interior features include:

  • Standard navigation system
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Illuminated steering-wheel controls
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Sun-visor extenders
  • Sliding armrest

Under the Hood
Formerly available with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine, the Grand Vitara now comes only with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Rear-wheel drive is standard and available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Full-time single-mode or four-mode four-wheel-drive systems are available, both only with the automatic. The four-mode system includes 4H, 4H Lock (slippery), 4L Lock and Neutral positions and has a limited-slip center differential. The Neutral position allows for flat towing behind recreational vehicles. Mechanical features include:

  • 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder with 162 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission
  • Fully independent suspension
  • 3,000-pound towing capacity
  • Rear disc brakes

The frame was strengthened for increased rigidity for 2009. Other standard safety 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


Consumer Reviews


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by Suzuking from Indianapolis on May 1, 2017

My Grand Vitara was very comfortable and safe. It handled great even on icy roads. The gas mileage is not bad at over 20 MPG.

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2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 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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