in 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,152 - $16,136
Original MSRP: $19,949 - $25,949
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara Interior

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With standard features like a navigation system, the base 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara comes better-equipped than most SUVs in the class. However, some reviewers note that the Grand Vitara’s interior looks outdated in comparison with those of newer affordable compact SUVs. Additionally, some test drivers are let down by the Grand Vitara’s lackluster interior materials.

  • "The interior design and materials feel a bit dated but are more than serviceable and appropriate for the price." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Grand Vitara's five-passenger interior is attractive, but looks a bit outdated compared to recently refreshed cabins of its competitors." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The 2012 Grand Vitara has a pleasant, functional interior that can seat up to five in its two rows." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "Overall, the cabin isn't a bad place. Passengers are treated to automatic climate control, soft-touch plastics where it counts (upper door trims and center armrest), and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons." -- Motor Trend (2012)

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Reviewers appreciate the Grand Vitara’s front seats, saying that there’s plenty of headroom and that step-in height isn’t bad for an off-road SUV. The Grand Vitara seats five and comes with cloth upholstery and a manually adjustable driver’s seat. Leather seats and heated front seats come on the top-of-the-line Limited trim. One reviewer comments that the available leather seats aren’t as comfortable as the cloth ones found in lower trims.

  • "Headroom is ample, legroom is adequate, and step-in height is reasonable for an off-road-capable SUV." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Though there's a decent amount of room to stretch out here, the Limited model's leather upholstery is actually not as comfortable as the cloth upholstery of the seats in the base and Premium versions." -- Edmunds (2012)  

Interior Features

The 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara comes with standard features that include automatic climate control, a touch-screen voice-activated navigation system and a four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include a sunroof, push-button start, cruise control, a backup camera and an upgraded stereo.

Test drivers praise the 2013 Grand Vitara for its clear gauges and easy-to-use audio and climate controls. The Grand Vitara’s standard navigation system is a stand-out feature in the class. However, one reviewer says that it makes some stereo adjustments more difficult than they should be.

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  • "Gauges are large and clear. The climate controls are within easy reach, as is the standard navigation system. It does absorb audio functions, complicating what should be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Large dials make it easy to turn up the air conditioning or dial down the volume when that annoying commercial comes on the radio." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012) 


The 2013 Grand Vitara has 28.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which can expand to 70.8 cubic feet with the back seats folded. While the Grand Vitara nearly matches the Honda CR-V in terms of maximum cargo space, it doesn’t have as much room with all seats in use. Reviewers agree that the Grand Vitara’s cargo hold offers plenty of space, but they dislike its rear door, which opens to the side. One test driver says that the Grand Vitara’s side-hinged rear door requires more space to open than a liftgate, while another writes that the Grand Vitara doesn’t have enough in-cabin storage for small items.

  • "Space is good behind the rear seat. The rear seat backs fold easily without removing the headrests, but lay flat only with the seat cushion flipped forward, which shortens the cargo deck." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "One other notable shortcoming here is the lack of storage for small items like cell phones and MP3 players." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "An old-fashioned swing-out rear door can make loading cargo a hassle if parked in a tight space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "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 (2009)

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