2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara vs. Its Competition

2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD 4-door Auto XSport w/Snrf Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Value for money is a real selling point for the 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara.

For the price of a similarly equipped four-cylinder compact SUV, the Grand Vitara offers a V-6.

Unfortunately, performance just isn’t on par with that of the V-6 Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty, or Toyota RAV4.

The Jeep Liberty has more torque and is the better choice for demanding off-roading or if you plan to tow a boat, while the RAV4, with its especially useful third row seat, is a top choice for those who plan to go mostly on road.

The Liberty’s interior is quite cramped, though.

The Sportage, RAV4, and Escape all benefit from carlike handling to bring more security to curvy roads.

Then there’s the Grand Vitara’s cumbersome spare tire on the back hatch, which handicaps cargo loading (and visibility, slightly); the RAV4 also follows this silly arrangement.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara is an old-style compact SUV that favors hauling and off-roading at the detriment of on-the-road performance.
Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date.
Much less of a cute-ute than it used to be, the 2008 Jeep Liberty defines SUV-lites by not being one.
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.
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door ManualFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSRWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Two Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive2-Wheel Drive2 Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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