• (4.5) 2 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,165–$14,257
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-22
  • Engine: 166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

What We Don't Like

  • Outdated interior styling
  • Snug backseat

Notable Features

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available low-range 4WD

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Suzuki calls its Grand Vitara an "off-road athlete." The five-seat SUV is based on a purely Suzuki design, and competitors include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4. Base, Premium, Ultimate Adventure Edition and Limited versions are offered.

New for 2012
The 2012 Grand Vitara is available in a new trim level — the Ultimate Adventure Edition —  which is offered on rear- and four-wheel-drive versions. This new trim features 18-inch black chrome wheels, fog lamps, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, three-tone water-resistant seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Later in the model year, all versions of the Grand Vitara except for Limited trims are scheduled to get a new tailgate that eliminates the outside-mounted spare tire. A new navigation system is standard.

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

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Standard front tow hooks
  • Standard body-colored side moldings
  • Available 18-inch wheels

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 stereo and SmartPass keyless start system, which also locks and unlocks the SUV with the press of a button on the door. Interior features include:

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

Under the Hood
The Grand Vitara comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Rear-wheel drive is standard and these models are available with a five-speed manual or a 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 four-cylinder with 162 pounds-feet of torque
  • Fully independent suspension
  • 3,000-pound towing capacity

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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Very good vehicle for my wife

by Vic from Huntingdon, Pa. on March 30, 2014

This the third Suzuki Grand Vitara, the other two were the XL-7. We have never had a problem. I had owned two Toyota 4-runners which cost 10 to 15 thousand more and for my money the Grand Vitara is su... Read Full Review

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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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