2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara vs. Its Competition

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara is a bargain of a crossover for someone looking for a feature-packed, off-roadable vehicle that's not too concerned with cargo space.
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
The 2012 Ford Escape still antes up solid crossover bona fides, but its sluggish handling and plasticky interior are ready for retirement
Excellent fuel economy and a comfortable cabin are a big contrast to the 2012 GMC Terrain's boxy shape.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
Like any all-around athlete, the 2012 Subaru Outback blends capable performance and rewarding handling, surprising interior volume and great versatility, with versatility and enough high-end options to keep most buyers quite happy.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class     
Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 4WD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door ManualFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door XLSFWD 4-Door SLE-12WD 5-Door LX4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4-Door4 Door4 DoorSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleWagon
Detailed Spec Comparison
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