By James Bergeron

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2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara JLX

Day 1:

2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara
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This week, a lesser-known — and seen — vehicle hits my driveway: the Suzuki Grand Vitara. This is not a vehicle you see that often (at least I don’t in my travels) but it offers exceptional value for money in the compact SUV category.

Suzuki has been around for a long time, but their automotive dealer presence tends to be small, despite their competitive offerings and the fact that they are a Japanese company, which many people tend to gravitate towards for one reason or another.

2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara
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The Grand Vitara comes very well-equipped in its base form at only $25,595, including such features as all-wheel drive, power windows and locks, climate control air conditioning, four-wheel ABS, stability control (ESP) and six airbags.

Suzuki is even bold enough to offer the Grand Vitara with a five-speed manual transmission in both the JA and JX trims; unfortunately the JLX and JLX with leather are available only with a five-speed automatic transmission.

The JA model is your standard Grand Vitara. From there, there is the JX model which adds: four-mode four-wheel drive with 4H, 4H lock, 4L lock & neutral, six speakers instead of four for the stereo system, front fog lamps, heated mirrors and roof rails.

My tester is the next model up — the JLX — which adds: a power sunroof, a six-disc CD changer, heated front seats and an upgrade from 16-inch to 17-inch aluminum wheels all for $29,745, you may also add leather (JLX w/leather) for another $1,000.

2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara JLX
MSRP as tested (including destination): $31,140

For more information on Suzuki and the Grand Vitara visit Suzuki Canada

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