How Reliable Is the Suzuki Grand Vitara?

The Suzuki Grand Vitara, manufactured from 1999 to 2013, was deemed reliable with above-average abilities on dirt trails, according to Edmunds reviews. The popular SUV boasts standard features comparable to small SUVs, but reviews cite that the Suzuki Grand Vitara has unimpressive fuel economy, slow acceleration and a lack of refinement. The vehicle is recommended for individuals seeking to drive on unpaved roads or those with basic transportation needs.

The first-generation series of the Suzuki Grand Vitara, manufactured from 1999 to 2005, boasted a truck-like chassis that included low-range gearing, four-wheel drive and V6 power that was deemed reliable for off-road adventures. The second generation models featured similar characteristics with a body structure change that modeled a blend of truck and car designs as seen in modern-day small SUVs, as of 2015.

Customer complaints regarding the reliability of the Suzuki Grand Vitara are categorized by year with turbo failure as one of the most significant complaints of the 2008 model. The 2010 model of the Suzuki Grand Vitara included complaints about clutch failure, and the 2002 model had problems with moldings on the doors peeling off easily.

Common competitors of the 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara, the most recent model, include the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4 and the Hyundai Tucson.