2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara vs. Its Competition

2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Suzuki Grand Vitara has been on the market so long, it's now sold at bargain prices while hanging on to its off-roading virtues.

With the vehicles it's distantly related to--the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain--there's far more emphasis toward on-road handling and luxury features, and both of those vehicles offer V-6 options, newly uprated for the 2013 model year.

The Honda CR-V is practically a minivan compared to the Suzuki; it has excellent interior space and fuel economy, while it lacks any real off-road talent.

The Toyota RAV4 has moderate ground clearance but some rugged cues like a rear-mounted spare tire, bound to disappear when it's redesigned in the calendar year ahead.

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
If cargo space isn't a big concern, the 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara packs a little more off-road capability than some of its crossover kin.
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
The 2013 GMC Terrain may wear a tough skin, but shows a softer side with excellent four-cylinder gas mileage and Denali luxury.
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
The 2013 Subaru Outback is practical above all: it's capable in all kinds of conditions, and has great interior space and standard all-wheel drive.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
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Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door ManualFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SLE w/SLE-12WD 5-Door LX4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5iFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4-DoorSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleWagon4 Door
Detailed Spec Comparison
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