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in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $8,654 - $13,349
Original MSRP: $19,099 - $27,199
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Interior

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Suzuki has steadily been improving the interiors of its vehicles and the Grand Vitara may be its best effort yet. Reviewers find its interior spacious and comfortable and note that it feels upscale for such an inexpensive vehicle. The already inexpensive Grand Vitara also boasts plenty of standard features.

  • "The interior -- particularly when executed in leather -- is nicely done, and the center-stack layout is pleasing. Suzuki's radio controls are certainly more inspired than the monochromatic, monotextural black expanses from some other manufacturers." -- Car and Driver
  • "Cabin a smart blend of hard plastic surfaces, padded panels; nothing looks or feels cheap. Available leather upholstery particularly rich-feeling." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The spacious interior is nicely turned out. Fit and finish is excellent, and the quality of materials is on par with vehicles costing thousands more." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The first thing you notice when you climb into the Grand Vitara is the simplicity of the interior. All the controls are within easy reach and easy to use, and there aren't too many of them -- enough buttons and dials to get the job done and no more. The black dash, carpet, doors and seats are set off by tasteful silver accents. Unfortunately, they're also offset by cheap-looking faux-marble trim around the gear selector and on the interior door handles." -- Motor Trend

Seating

In general, critics like the Grand Vitara's seats, although they note that padding could be a little softer. Leather-trimmed seating surfaces and heated front seats are standard on high-end Luxury models.

  • "Although the front bucket seats aren't exactly plush, they are supportive and comfortable." -- Edmunds
  • "The 60/40 split-folding back seat is not only comfortable for adults, but it folds down easily." -- Kansas City Star
  • "Seats, front and rear, are just firm enough to be comfortable and supportive without a lot of bolster. Rear seat backs have multiple positions from straight up to a nice bit of recline." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Headroom [in the front] is ample, legroom is adequate, and step-in height is reasonable. Seats are comfortable, but some drivers will wish for more lumbar support." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The base model Grand Vitara comes with features that are usually only reserved for the higher trims of its competitors. These include automatic climate control, a tilt steering wheel with stereo controls, power windows/door locks/mirrors and keyless entry. However, what's missing is cruise control. Upgrading to higher trim levels adds cruise control as well as a seven-speaker audio system.

The Grand Vitara lacks many available high-tech features -- a navigation system and rear entertainment system are not offered. However, few affordable SUVs offer these. If these are necessities, consider buying portable systems or look at the Mazda CX-7. It costs about $4,000 more than the Grand Vitara but offers a navigation and DVD entertainment system.

On the plus side, reviewers find the uncluttered dashboard simple with easy-to-use controls.

  • "Upfront, controls and gadgets fit well together and are easy to use, and tactile feel is pleasant. You'll find the dashboard and the center console understandable and intuitive." -- AutoWeb
  • "The Grand Vitara's stereo is not the vehicle's strong point. Still, it sounds adequate most of the time. However, if music is key to your off-road adventure or daily commute, you may want to swing by Best Buy on the way home from the auto mall." -- Edmunds
  • "Gauges are large and clear. Audio and climate controls are mounted high within easy reach; both feature large knobs and clearly marked buttons. We're a bit puzzled by Grand Vitara's lack of any sort of auxiliary input jack or USB port for connecting digital music players. Available keyless access and starting is a nice amenity." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Grand Vitara's cargo area is a bit of a disappointment to reviewers. It provides 24.4 cubic feet with all seats in use (23.8 for XSport and Luxury models) and 68.9 cubic feet with the second row folded down (67.3 for XSport and Luxury models). By contrast, the Subaru Forester provides 33.5 cubic feet and 68.3 cubic feet -- and it comes with rugged all-wheel drive, a more comfortable on-road ride, and only costs about $2,000 more than the Grand Vitara.

  • "Space is good behind the rear seat. Rear seatbacks fold easily without removing the headrests, but lay flat only with the seat cushion flipped forward, which shortens the cargo deck. The seats don't stay flipped up on their own--they must be attached to front-seat-headrest supports via an inconvenient plastic clip." -- Consumer Guide
  • "This is a decent vehicle depending on your needs. It isn't a serious family hauler due to the lack of storage space and seating, but it would be a great vehicle for a college student or an active single person that needs a 4X4 and the small available cargo space for a bike, rock climbing gear or anything of that size and nature." -- AutoWeb
  • "The cargo hold will handle groceries or luggage for a week, but the pull shade to hide contents is flimsy. And the door with spare tire attached swings open rather than lifting up, which makes it hard to use if someone parks too close behind." -- Chicago Tribune

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