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2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD Review


All-Terrain Trekker

A three-quarter front view of a red 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara

In short: A budget-priced 4WD SUV.

Slightly bigger than its predecessor, the new Grand Vitara comes with Suzuki's long warranty and packs pretty good power. This off-road-ready SUV, which features available full-time, four-mode four-wheel drive, may like the rough stuff, but that doesn't mean you have to. With its roomy, comfortable interior and long list of standard amenities, the Grand Vitara is designed to pamper its passengers even as it plows through tough terrain.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara's steering wheel The Suzuki Grand Vitara comes standard with 5-speed automatic transmission The cockpit of the Suzuki Grand Vitara
A look at the 2.7-liter DOHC V6 engine of the Suzuki Grand Vitara

Warranty/Service: 100,000-mile/7-year transferable Powertrain limited warranty; 24/7/365 roadside assistance; warranty repair courtesy vehicle program.

Base Price: $22,099 / As tested: $22,099

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 2.7-liter DOHC V6 engine
Horsepower: 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 284 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Curb weight:
3,452 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 176/71.3/66.7 in
Turning circle: 36 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; multi-link rear

Traction: electronic stability program with traction control

0-60 mph: 9.4 seconds
Top Speed: 113 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
19 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; front and rear curtain airbags; front passenger side airbags

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(Updated 12/20/11 NW)

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