The Grand Vitara's strength is its mix of on-road and off-road ability while offering lots of value for money.
Honda's CR-V is more docile around town, but less capable off-road, and more expensive at similar feature specs.
The Toyota RAV4 is essentially the same in comparison, though its edgier looks may find more fans than either the Honda or the Suzuki. Chevrolet's Equinox and GMC's Terrain are largely identical aside from exterior styling and minor equipment differences.
Being newer versions of the same vehicle underpinning the Grand Vitara, they have many of the same strengths and weaknesses as the Suzuki, too--just wrapped in a fresher generation of look, feel, and performance.
Ford's latest Escape, while carrying forward in its final year on the current platform, manages to offer somewhat more refinement and utility, though at a higher price point. Subaru's Outback is the outlier in this group, being more wagon-like than a true crossover, and also offering one of the best all-wheel-drive systems of the bunch.
It's also considerably lower and more car-like in its handling, so those with a penchant for sportier driving may find it the pick of the litter.
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|2012 Suzuki Grand VitaraBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2012 GMC TerrainBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2012 Subaru OutbackBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4|
|Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD|
|2WD 4-Door Manual||FWD 4-Door LS||FWD 4-Door XLS||FWD 4-Door SLE-1||2WD 5-Door LX||4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4-Door||4 Door||4 Door||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Wagon|
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