...The 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara is an aging compact SUV
...Suzuki's four-wheel-drive system includes a Low range that's intended for use only on slippery surfaces. Safety Antilock brakes are standard on four-wheel-drive Grand Vitaras and optional on rear-drive models. Daytime running lights are installed on all models. Side-impact airbags are not available. Driving Impressions The Grand Vitara exhibits a somewhat choppy ride on imperfect pavement. This SUV is reasonably appealing, but it doesn't necessarily beat any of its competitors. Performance from the V-6 and automatic transmission is satisfactory but not exceptional. The Grand Vitara is...
...Fuel economy is another complaint, though no one expects much from an SUV. Still, the 17/20 mpg and sluggish engine can't compare to other SUV competitors.What the 2005 Grand Vitara does offer is good initial bang for the buck, though resale value is not high. The base LX trim is well endowed with full power features, heated mirrors, a CD player, cruise control, and remote entry. The EX adds a sunroof and sportier elements such as alloy wheels, foglights, and a rear spoiler. The SUV earns high marks in crash tests even though it comes only with dual front airbags. Side curtain airbags are not...