Suzuki's five-seat SUV fits in the budget segment, with this fully loaded Limited trim version coming in at $27K.
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The Grand Vitara uses boxy styling that looks a couple of decades old, as opposed to how new crossovers tend to incorporate carlike looks.
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Under the hood is a 3.2-liter V-6, not a particularly advanced engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
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The Grand Vitara is on the short side, limiting rear seat leg room when the front seats are pushed back.
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The ride is a little rough in the Grand Vitara, with a definite economy car feel.
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The side-hinging rear door opens up to a cargo area nicely fitted with a grocery net and cover.
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Even at the top trim level, the interior of the Grand Vitara feels a bit cheap, with plenty of hard plastics and some silly faux wood inserts on the door handles.
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Audio controls adorn one spoke of the steering wheel, a modern convenience.
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The five-speed automatic transmission doesn't have a manual mode, but does have three low ranges.
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A dial on the center stack controls the four-wheel-drive mode, and a button engages descent control.
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Indicators on the instrument cluster show when the differential is locked.
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A Garmin GPS device, integrated by Suzuki, keeps the car from becoming a total tech failure.
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The Garmin can be removed from its dock for security or for use in another car.
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The plastic hatch containing the Garmin closes, hiding the GPS unit.
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The Garmin offers a Bluetooth cell phone system.
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The stereo is primitive, offering only an MP3-compatible CD player, Satellite Radio, and an auxiliary input.
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