Tee to Green, The Golf Show

with Jay Ritchie & Jerry Butenhoff


D.R.I.V.E. of the Week

D - Drivability: 7

What we liked: This was an OK ride. Not memorable, but just OK. Steering and handling were fine. The Grand Vitara had some lean, but performed well in corners. Front seat cockpit ride was comfortable. Plenty of leg and headroom for the driver and front seat passenger. Dashboard instrument panel was easy to read and operate. The voice-activated navigation (standard on all models) was a pleasant suprise.

What we didn't like: No pep in the 2.4L-4 cyl engine. A delayed response when you punch it. In the city and on the highway. Lack of engine energy has been a negative for the G-V from it's inception. Roof pillars hindered rear visibility from the drivers seat.

R - Rideability: 7

What we liked: Backseat leg and head room is good for adults. The rear cargo door swings out for easy in/out loading and unloading.

What we didn't like: Another problem the G-V has had from the beginning is it's lack of cargo room. It looks spacious, but once you start stowing things, it's amazing how quickly it fills up. Lot's of plastic interior molding gives the G-V a little bit of a "cheap" look. The ride got bumpy at higher speeds.

I - Image: 7.5

The Grand Vitara has been around for a while and although it still doesn't measure up to most of its small SUV Crossover competitors, that hasn't stopped Suzuki from trying. Looks-wise, it's as good as any in it's class. Inside, you'll find more features and comfort than in some other similar vehicles. However, prepare to be disappointed in performance and storage space. If the latter are not important to you, you can get a lot of vehicle for the money with the Grand Vitara.

V - Value: 7

The 2013 Grand Vitara comes in 4 two-wheel drive models and 3 four-wheel drive models. The basic two-wheel drive model begins at around 19K MSRP and goes up to 23.5 high end. The base model comes with navigation, automatic climate control, keyless start and entry, power doors and locks, and an XM-compatible audio system for its starting price of $19,499. Not bad if your looking for a two-wheel drive small SUV. The 4-wheel drive models open at around 23K MSRP and go up to 25K.

E - Economy: 6.5

The 2013 Grand Vitara uses regular gas. Sad to say, it only gets an EPA estimated 19 mpg in the city.
On the highway, 25 mpg. These numbers have barely improved over the past half dozen years despite a major spike in gas prices.

2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara Ultimate Adventure ED

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara Ultimate Adventure ED

TOTAL: 36 (out of 50)

What it competes against:
The Honda CRV, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain and Toyota RAV-4 are other vehicles in the small crossover SUV category.

more information on the dealer website

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