Compare 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara vs 2008 Jeep Liberty

2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara
2008 Jeep Liberty
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2WD 4-Door I4 Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual 19 26 $17,758 $18,499
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual Premium 19 26 $18,142 $18,899
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic 19 25 $18,814 $19,599
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Premium 19 25 $19,198 $19,999
4WD 4-Door I4 Manual Premium 19 25 $19,534 $20,349
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Premium 19 23 $20,590 $21,449
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XSport 19 25 $20,878 $21,749
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XSport 18 24 $22,078 $22,999
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Luxury 19 23 $22,318 $23,249
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XSport 19 23 $22,462 $23,399
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Luxury 18 24 $23,566 $24,549
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XSport 17 23 $23,758 $24,749
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Luxury 19 23 $23,902 $24,899
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Luxury 17 23 $25,246 $26,299
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RWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $19,787 $21,090
4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $21,267 $22,700
RWD 4-Door Limited 16 22 $23,372 $25,030
4WD 4-Door Limited 15 21 $24,852 $26,640
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,758
$19,787
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,499
$21,090
Monthly Payment Estimate
$308 / month
$352 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara is more maneuverable than larger rugged SUVs, but there aren't many other reasons to recommend it. Much less of a cute-ute than it used to be, the 2008 Jeep Liberty defines SUV-lites by not being one.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
44.0 48.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.8
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 40.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 56.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
125.4 104.1
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 52.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 38.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.4 9.1
Length, Overall (in)
177.1 176.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 44.2
Height, Overall (in)
66.7 70.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 33.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 106.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 35.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- TBD - 64.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 41.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- TBD - 31.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.4 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.9 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 19.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.0 17.36
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TRY
Front Tire Size
P225/70R16 P225/75R16
Spare Tire Size
P225/70R16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TRY
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Rear Tire Size
P225/70R16 P225/75R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3468 3897
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10 14.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 160
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 4000 235 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA EKG
Displacement
2.4L/146 3.7L/226
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 6000 210 @ 5200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 16
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.727 3.21
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.241 1.25
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.545 4.46
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.693 1.72
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Two Wheel Drive 2-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.431 4.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.354 2.61
Trans Order Code
NA DEH
Summary
Body Style
4-Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Suzuki Grand Vitara Jeep Liberty
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Live Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut A-Arms
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/stabilizer bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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