2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara  -  $20,194

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $20,194
Base Invoice: $19,414
Destination Charge: $695
Options: $0
Trim: 2WD 4dr Man
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 16 | Hwy: 22
Body Style: 2WD 4dr Man
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.7L DOHC MPFI 24-valve V6 engine

Model Highlights

Suzuki's Grand Vitara, which can be equipped either with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive for 2008, is powered by a 185-horsepower, 2.7L V6 engine and either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

The four-wheel drive system that's available has a full-time mode for on-road driving, which sends power to the front wheels when it's needed, yet also comes with a low range ready for off-road duty. The center differential can be locked while in either high or low range for negotiating off-road terrain, mud, or deep snow. Short overhangs and good ground clearance help negotiate tight off-road situations.

Relative to its compact size, towing is a strong point for the Grand Vitara; it can tow up to 3,000 pounds. It's also a good choice for those who plan to tow a vehicle behind an RV--when in the four-wheel drive system's Neutral position, the Grand Vitara can be towed with four wheels on the ground without registering miles on the odometer.

The Grand Vitara is more truck-like than so-called crossover SUVs (such as Suzuki's own XL7), with a uni-body construction riding on a ladder frame, yet it's fitted with a four-wheel independent suspension for precise handling and a good, smooth ride. Anti-lock brakes--discs in front, drums in back--are standard, including electronic brakeforce distribution.

Other standard safety features on the Grand Vitara include electronic stability control, to help prevent the loss of control on slippery surfaces or in sudden emergency maneuvers, and six air bags, including side air bags for front occupants and side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard occupants. The Grand Vitara seats five, and with the 60/40-split rear seat folded forward its already roomy 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space is expanded to nearly 69 cubic feet.

The base Grand Vitara comes very well equipped, with some items that aren't expected to be standard in its price class, such as automatic climate control, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, and a CD/MP3 sound system with XM satellite radio compatibility. The sportier, mid-range Xsport adds a SmartPass keyless entry and starting system, six-disc in-dash changer, additional tweeters and a subwoofer, fog lamps, roof rails, and a sunroof, while the top-of-the-line Luxury brings leather upholstery and steering-wheel trim, heated front seats, woodgrain trim, a power sunroof, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a garage-door opener, and heated mirrors.


Overall value; rugged body-on-frame construction and off-road ability; towing ability (relative to other small SUVs); good local vehicle for RVers.

Model News

The Suzuki Grand Vitara enters its second model year after a major redesign, with only a few feature changes for 2008. Sound-deadening materials have been upgraded for a quieter interior, the climate controls have been redesigned, and a remote fuel-door release has been added. A sunroof is now included on the XSport model.

Value Writeup

The 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara is one of few remaining truck-based sport utility vehicles its size, with modern standards of refinement and a smooth ride paired with impressive (for its size) towing ability and off-road ability. It comes with a generous amount of equipment for the money, and the interior is both comfortable and versatile.

Two Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
22 MPG

Cruising Range - City
278.40 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
16 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
382.80 mi

Engine Type
Gas V6


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 4500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Total Cooling System Capacity
8.6 qts

EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
125.4 ft³

Front Head Room
38.2 in

Front Leg Room
41.3 in

Front Shoulder Room
56.3 in

Front Hip Room
55.5 in

Second Head Room
38.2 in

Second Leg Room
37.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Second Hip Room
44.0 in

103.9 in

Length, Overall
176.0 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
71.3 in

Height, Overall
66.3 in

Track Width, Front
60.6 in

Track Width, Rear
61.4 in

Min Ground Clearance
7.4 in

Base Curb Weight
3452 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
300 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
36.7 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
17.4 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
SEP 06, 2013


Potential Number of Units Affected

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2006-2011 Grand Vitara and 2007-2011 SX4 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, over time, the OCS sensor mat installed in the front passenger seat may fail due to repeated flexing of the mat from use of the seat. As a result, during a crash necessitating deployment, the air bag will deploy regardless of whether the front seat occupant is an adult or a child.

Air bag deployment with a child in the front passenger side seat increases the risk of injury to that child.

Suzuki will notify owners and dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion assembly (which includes the OCS sensor mat) free of charge. Sufficient quantities of parts are not currently available to fix all of the affected vehicles. Owners will be notified of the recall in October 2013 and will receive a second notification when parts are available to have their vehicle repaired. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's recall campaign number is VD.

Note: Vehicles which previously had a countermeasure occupant classification system (OCS) sensor mat installed under the special coverage campaign conducted by Suzuki distributors in the United States are not affected by this recall. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

2.7L DOHC MPFI 24-valve V6 engine

Zero-maintenance self-adjusting timing chain

Direct ignition system

Liquid-filled motor mounts

5-speed manual transmission

Electronic stability program (ESP)

Traction control system (TCS)

Rear-wheel drive

4-wheel fully independent suspension

P225/70R16 all-season tires

16" steel wheels

Full size spare tire

Pwr-assisted rack & pinion steering

4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD)

Color-keyed bumpers

Daytime running lamps

Dual body-color pwr mirrors

Variable intermittent front wipers

Rear window wiper w/washer

Front bucket seats

60/40 split fold-&-tumble folding rear seats

Cloth seat trim

Adjustable center armrest w/CD storage

Front/rear floor mats

Tilt steering wheel w/audio controls

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Pwr windows

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry w/panic button

Cruise control

AM/FM XM ready stereo w/CD/MP3 player-inc: (4) speakers

Air conditioning w/automatic climate control

Rear window defogger

Brushed aluminum-look dash trim

Auxiliary pwr outlet

4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD)

Dual-stage front airbags w/passenger occupant sensor

Front seat-mounted side impact airbags

Overhead front/rear side curtain airbags

3-point driver & front passenger safety belts w/shoulder height adjustment & pretensioners

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system

Rear door child safety locks

Electronic stability program (ESP)

Traction control system (TCS)

Daytime running lights






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