If you need the capacity to handle demanding off-roading or plan to tow something large, the Jeep Liberty is a better choice, although its interior is surprisingly cramped.
As with the Grand Vitara, the RAV4, Sportage, and Escape all offer carlike handling.
If you need seven seats, the Toyota RAV4 is one of the few compact crossovers to offer them-though the two rear seats are minimal.
And none of those offers particularly high towing ability.
The RAV4 also shares the Grand Vitara's annoying tail-mounted spare, which interferes with cargo loading and mildly handicaps visibility.
The 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara does, however, offer good value for money.
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|2010 Suzuki Grand VitaraBrowse Used Listings||2010 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2010 Jeep LibertyBrowse Used Listings||2010 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings||2010 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door I4 Manual||FWD 4-Door XLS||RWD 4-Door Sport||2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4-Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Automatic w/OD|