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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact
Good," crash offset rating
standard safety features are plentiful and advanced
Suzuki doesn't skimp on safety to keep prices down
rear visibility is hindered
The 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara earns good—but not outstanding—scores on safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives Suzuki’s small SUV four stars for front impacts and five stars for side impact protection. It did better in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, where it received the highest rating of "good."
According to Edmunds, standard safety features "are plentiful and advanced for a low-cost compact vehicle, and include stability control, traction control, antilock disc brakes, full-length side-curtain airbags and front seat side-impact airbags." The tester at Mother Proof "was also impressed with the [Suzuki] Grand Vitara's lineup of airbags, which includes dual-stage front airbags, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags," adding that "it's good to know Suzuki doesn't skimp on safety to keep prices down." This review also reports that this Suzuki 2008 vehicle is "outfitted with an electronic stability system and a tire pressure monitoring system."
Visibility is a definite issue with this year's Suzuki Grand Vitara, according to ConsumerGuide: "rear visibility is hindered by thick rear roof pillars and tall front headrests; the rear headrests retract below the driver's sight line."
The 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara offers respectable crash protection and a comprehensive list of safety features.