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2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara - Expert Reviews

 

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We have scoured the web for expert reviews of this car and found the best ones for you to read. Found 13 reviews. This list is displayed in ranked order based the reviews we think are the best.
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#1
2006 suzuki grand vitara Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...To this, the Premium style adds alloy wheels an in-dash CD changer and the XSport adds a standard automatic transmission and a remote "SmartPass" keyless engine-start feature. The top-line Luxury style includes leather seating, 17-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, heated front seats and wood grain trim. Powertrains and Performance: The Suzuki Grand Vitara is powered by a 2.7-liter V6 making 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is standard on the base and premium models and a five-speed automatic is optional. Luxury and XSport versions have that automatic as a standard...

#2
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...A five-speed manual transmission and a five-speed automatic is optional. Two four-wheel-drive systems are offered: a full-time single-mode four-wheel-drive system and a full-time four-mode four-wheel-drive system. The latter system has a locking center differential and an extra-low gear for low-speed and off-road use. This system can be completely disengaged so the vehicle can be towed without imposing wear on the drivetrain. This feature will be appealing to RVers who like to tow a vehicle behind their motor homes. The Grand Vitara has a smooth, carlike ride, thanks in part to a four-wheel...

#3
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...However, Suzuki's primary challenge is not to match dinky dirt-dobbers off road but to equal the evolving refinement of family truck-lettes such as the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage on pavement. In this the Suzuki largely succeeds. The powertrain -- the dual-overhead cam mill shared with the larger XL-7, paired with the five-speed automatic -- is generally quite civil and well isolated from the cabin, though it doesn't have quite the whiskey-smooth burr of the Hyundai or the punch of the Toyota. When you go to the whip as you might on a freeway onramp, the engine (184 pound-feet of torque)...

#4
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Source: MSN Autos

...There's also a standard anti-skid/traction control system. Available are leather upholstery, heated front seats, sunroof and 6-disc in-dash CD changer with seven speakers. The brake pedal is soft, but its linear action allows smooth stops. Every version of the Grand Vitara has an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution for surer panic stops. Roomy The interior is quiet, except for some road noise. It's fairly easy to get in and out of the supportive front seats, but rear door openings are rather narrow. There's comfortable space for four tall adults, or for five in a...

#5
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Strangers approach me in the store parking lot and ask "what kind of car is that?" They follow that question with "it's really cute." I even get a thumbs-up from a crowd of 7th- and 8th-graders while I am parked in the pick up line at my son's middle school. This Suzuki is not just a pretty face. It has safety features that any mom can appreciate: side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic traction control are standard even on the base model. The 4WD system is another plus for me. Also surprising, this little SUV drives much more like a car than a truck. The large amount of cargo...

#6
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...And even the use of plastic as ''aluminum" trim or synthetics as textured ''leather" worked in what is a well-appointed cabin in this price range. Outside, predictable SUV struts of ruggedness included flares over the fenders, an upright stance, cladded fascia, corners, and lower doors. As other Asian companies have done, Suzuki is loading the Grand Vitara with a fine array of important standard content, including ABS, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and front and rear side air bags. It is available in rear-wheel drive or two modes of four-wheel drive: full-time...

#7
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...A limited-slip center differential is standard. A single-mode four-wheel-drive system is offered for base models. Grand Vitaras also are available with two-wheel drive. Safety Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are standard in all models. Four-channel antilock brakes incorporate electronic brake-force distribution. Driving Impressions Except for occasionally awkward, almost jerky, automatic-transmission operation — especially on upgrades — the Grand Vitara performs and behaves capably. Failure to upshift on upgrades can result in the engine revving rather high...

#8
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Overview
Source: CarGurus

...The Grand Vitara comes in a grand total of 8 trims.All trims use a 2.7 L, 185 hp V6 engine. Gas mileage comes out to around 18 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Each trim also has 4 doors, seats 5, and gives you around 70 cubic feet of cargo space. Towing capacity maxes out at around 3000 lbs.Overall, drivers will tell you that the Grand Vitara took a giant step forward in 2006 in closing the copmetition gap. However, it will take another giant leap or two before the Grand Vitara can call itself a legit contender in the SUV market. Until then, the Grand Vitara will continue to serve as a...

#9
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Both of the front bucket seats give their occupants good support, and they're comfortable even when banging along on rocky trails like those we found in the Hill Country. The four-mode four-wheel-drive system on our vehicle was perfect for some semi-rugged off-roading, although I didn't have the opportunity to put it to the test on some of my favorite trails in southern Colorado or Arizona. I did get the feeling that it would handle those routes with ease, though, just as my own XL-7 has done. For those of you who have no desire to do any serious off-roading, but are mostly looking for an...

#10
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Suzuki needs to check this. Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent ride and handling, largely thanks to rigid but lightweight unitized body construction and a much improved suspension (four-wheel independent with McPherson struts, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar up front and a multi-link suspension with coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar in the rear). Good acceleration. Head-turning quotient: Friendly, attractive. Body style, layout: The Grand Vitara V-6 is a compact, front-engine economy sport-utility model available with rear-wheel drive...


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