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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Good" for frontal crash, "average" for side impacts
Four stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact
standard safety features are plentiful and advanced
rear visibility is hindered
The 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara offers respectable crash protection and a comprehensive list of safety features. It comes with the expected anti-lock brakes, as well as stability and traction control systems as standard, along with front-side and side-curtain airbags. The Grand Vitara earns four-star ratings for driver and passenger frontal impacts, and five stars in driver and passenger side impacts when tested by NHTSA. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), on the other hand, rates it "good" (the top rating) for front impacts, but only "average" for side impacts.
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."
While the reviewers at MotherProof are "impressed with the Grand Vitara's lineup of airbags, which includes dual-stage front airbags, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags," TheCarConnection.com points out that side bags are being phased in as a government requirement. Nonetheless, MotherProof feels "it's good to know Suzuki doesn't skimp on safety to keep prices down."
ConsumerGuide says disapprovingly that "rear visibility is hindered by thick rear roof pillars and tall front headrests; the rear headrests retract below the driver's sight line."
The 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara garners good-although not top-of-the-class-marks for safety.