2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara four-cylinder
2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara four-cylinder
2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara four-cylinder. Click image to enlarge

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2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Grand? More like Grande, Mucho Grande, with a price point and equipment level that could incite Diablo-esque thoughts amongst competing cute ‘utes. Suzuki has always had a knack for exploitation savvy when it comes to their compact sport utility stable. Who else could have joked about point-and-flip Samurai’s and get away with it? The issue surrounding most cute ‘utes is their car-derived drivetrains: while most will never be used beyond car limitations, there is a certain contingent of the four-wheeling buying public that desires a transfer case, instead of a blank piece of trim.

This week’s tester is the Grand Vitara JX automatic, with the new 2.4-litre inline four cylinder mill. MSRP tips in at $27,995. (Price does not include freight, taxes, or regional incentives.)

The cockpit/Centre stack

When you consider that the JX Automatic 2.4 is the secondary bump from the manual tranny base Grand Vitara, one has to wonder if a colossal equipment level mistake has been made. Translation: there’s an awful lot here for the bread. The multi-function tilt wheel provides audio and cruise control tabs. Headlamps receive my favourite Auto setting.

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