Suzuki Grand Vitara

BASE PRICE RANGE: $19,994-$25,644
BODY TYPE: Compact SUV

WHAT'S NEW: The V-6 engine is gone from the Grand Vitara lineup for the 2011 model year. That leaves the 2.4L I-4 mated to a 5M or 4A as the only engine option. Also, the SUV's standard navigation system has been improved this year. A full spare-tire cover is included on all Grand Vitaras and 18-in. alloy wheels become standard on Limited models.

COOL FACT: Grand Vitara's available four-mode 4WD system has a neutral setting to permit flat towing behind an RV without adding mileage.

SUM UP: Needs a revamp.
RATING: ***


2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Base Engine 2.4L/166-hp DOHC I-4
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5M/4A
0-60 MPH 9.8-10.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 3000/1000-1150 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 19/23-26 mpg
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6
*Estimated