The 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara continues to surprise and delight its owners with its balance of genuine off-road capability, on-road composure and day-in, day-out livability.
The vehicle’s surprising off-road performance is enabled by a reinforced-for-rear-wheel drive unibody chassis having more in common with luxury SUVs than the car-based “soft roaders.”
For 2011, the Grand Vitara carries over its stylish interior and exterior trimmings from 2010, as well as its recently-introduced, fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and top-notch safety features.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara maintains its classic SUV posture with an aggressive stance, short (and off-road friendly) front and rear overhangs and generous greenhouse.
The standard navigation system gets updated with the addition of Google Local Search for up-to-the-minute points of interest (POIs); 2 and 3D maps; speed limits for most major roads; HotFix satellite prediction; and parking location.
Suzuki’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 166 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. The Grand Vitara’s four-cylinder engine can be teamed to a standard five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission.
To custom-tailor their adventure, consumers can choose among RWD models, Single-Mode four-wheel drive or 4-Mode full-time four-wheel drive; notably, Suzuki’s 4-Mode is a traction system unlike anything else offered in the segment. Enhancing the Grand Vitara’s on- and off-road performance is a heavy-duty structure underpinned by ladder frame reinforcement.
Base model estimated mpg: 19/26
Estimated starting price: $19,000
Compiled by Motor Matters

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