2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara  -  $20,464

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $20,464
Base Invoice: $19,678
Destination Charge: $815
Options: $0
Trim: 2WD 4dr Man
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 22 | City: 19 | Hwy: 26
Body Style: 2WD 4dr Man
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.4L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine


Comfortable, affordable compact SUV; great off-road performance with 4-wheel drive; rugged body-on-frame construction

Value Writeup

Because of its fully independent suspension and ladder frame design within a uni-body structure, Suzuki calls the Grand Vitara "The Off-Road Athlete." It sits on a rugged chassis, and safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, traction control, anti-skid system, side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, front side airbags and electronic stability control to help prevent the loss of control of the vehicle. Navigation is standard. Towing capacity rated at is 3,000 pounds and highway mileage is an impressive 26 mpg.

Model News

The 2012 Grand Vitara gets a trim reshuffle and a mild restyling. A new Ultimate Adventure trim debuts, which features 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, water-resistant seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It's available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.

Model Highlights

The 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara comes with a single engine available--a 2.4L 4-cylinder that makes 166 horsepower and 162 ft-lb of torque and comes mated to either a 5-speed manual on the 2-wheel drive Base trim only or a 4-speed automatic transmission on the rest of the Grand Vitara range.

Two 4-wheel drive-systems are available on the Grand Vitara: a single-mode system and the Four-Mode by Suzuki, which is a full-time 4-wheel-drive system with a 2-speed transfer case.

Four trims are available for 2012. Base, Premium and Ultimate Adventure are the basics, while the Limited offers the most luxury and style. Single-mode all-wheel drive is also offered on Premium and Ultimate Adventure models. Limited trims come with the Four-Mode all-wheel drive.

The Grand Vitara seats five and with the 60/40-split rear seat folded forward, also called Fold-and-Tumble, its already-roomy 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space can be expanded to nearly 69 cubic feet. Side-hinged rear cargo door allow for even larger cargo.

The Four-Mode system has a full-time mode for on-road driving, which sends power to the front wheels as needed. It includes low-range gearing and a limited-slip center differential. 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 in tight off-road situations.

Towing and being towed are strong points for the Grand Vitara. For those who travel by RV, and who want to take the Grand Vitara along, it can be towed by using the 4-wheel-drive's neutral position and with all four wheels on the ground without registering miles on the odometer.

The base and Premium Grand Vitara come nicely equipped with standard automatic climate control, steering-wheel audio controls, full power accessories, touch-screen navigation, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and a CD/MP3 sound system.

The Premium adds the new Suzuki NuLink system which uses Google to find nearby points of interest, but also brings fuel prices, weather and traffic information into the vehicle.

A new-for 2012 Ultimate Adventure trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, water-resistant seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The top-of-the-line Limited trim brings leather upholstery and steering-wheel trim, heated front seats, woodgrain trim, power sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, universal garage-door opener and heated mirrors.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification
Sport Utility

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
26 MPG

Cruising Range - City
330.60 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
19 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
22 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
452.40 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 4000

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
10 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
111.1 ft³

Front Head Room
40.0 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
175.8 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

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
70.8 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
28.4 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3468 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 )

Disc - 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

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. 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.

2.4L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine

Zero-maintenance self-adjusting timing chain

5-speed manual transmission

Rear-wheel drive

Fully independent suspension

Pwr-assisted fixed-ratio rack & pinion steering

4-wheel disc brakes

16" steel wheels

P225/70R16 all-season tires

Hard full spare tire cover

Auto on/off headlamps

Pwr mirrors

Front variable intermittent wipers

Rear window wiper w/washer

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input, (4) speakers

Cloth front bucket seats

Split fold-&-tumble folding rear seats

Tilt steering wheel

Steering wheel w/audio controls

Driver information center

Pwr windows

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry w/panic button

Navigation system -inc: lane assist & 3D graphic view

Air conditioning w/automatic climate control -inc: micron air-filtration system

(3) 12V interior accessory outlets

Dual sunvisors w/vanity mirrors, extensions

Rear window defroster

Cargo cover

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/brake assist

Electronic stability program (ESP)

Traction control system (TCS)

Daytime running lamps

Advanced front airbags w/passenger occupancy sensor

Front seat-mounted side impact airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags w/rollover protection

Rear door child safety locks

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)







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