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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door I4 Manual
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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
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XSport 19 25 $20,878 $21,749
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Luxury 19 23 $22,318 $23,249
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XSport 18 24 $22,078 $22,999
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Luxury 18 24 $23,566 $24,549
4WD 4-Door I4 Manual Premium 19 25 $19,534 $20,349
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Premium 19 23 $20,590 $21,449
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XSport 19 23 $22,462 $23,399
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Luxury 19 23 $23,902 $24,899
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XSport 17 23 $23,758 $24,749
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Luxury 17 23 $25,246 $26,299
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 20 25 $15,270 $16,050
2WD 4-Door I4 Automatic LX 19 25 $18,110 $19,045
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 17 23 $18,940 $20,045
2WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 17 23 $20,000 $21,395
4WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX 19 24 $18,600 $19,545
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic LX 17 21 $20,130 $21,345
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 17 21 $21,370 $22,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,758
$15,270
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,499
$16,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$308 / month
$268 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
6.6
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TCC Rating
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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. If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.2 37.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 40.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 44.0 54.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 56.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 39.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 56.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 42.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 125.4 103.9
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 54.6
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 70.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.6 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.4 7.7
Length, Overall (in) 177.1 171.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 66.7 66.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.4 60.6
Wheelbase (in) 103.9 103.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - TBD - 66.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - TBD - 23.6
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
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 - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 15.3
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 35.4
Steering Type Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.06
Tires
Rear Tire Size P225/70R16 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/70R16 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size P225/70R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 300 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3468 3230
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 166 @ 6000 140 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 162 @ 4000 136 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.4L/146 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.431 3.46
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.354 2.06
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.727 4.53
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.241 1.06
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.545 3.64
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.693 1.33
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Two Wheel Drive 2 Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.000 0.82
Summary
Body Style 4-Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Suzuki Grand Vitara Kia Sportage
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Dual-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
 
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