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Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Toyota RAV4

manifoldmanifold Posts: 57
edited March 2014 in Suzuki
Which one do you like and why?


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  • erk5erk5 Posts: 21
    Though it's a shame how much it has grown. A huge part of its success was the compact size.
  • barlobarlo Posts: 23
    I personally like the flow of the Grand Vitara dash board and console better as compared to the chopped up look of the Rav.
  • All I know for sure is that I am getting rid of my 05 Odyssey with multi issues and going after the cute-ute 06 RAV4 for SURE, never again HONDA.... nothing can beat TOYOTA quality!!!
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    the mid-nineties Camry wagon.
  • I think they made a good move increasing the size and redesigning the look. Its not your girlie SUV anymore :P . It looks more manly so to speak. I like the new one better than the old.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Agree on quality issue. The Grand Vitara may look nicer but Suzuki does not measure up to Toyota for quality. ;)
    I personally think Toyota has rather ugly exterior styling ( in any size vehicle) but feel the Sienna, Camry, and Avalon have attractive interiors. I do NOT like the interior appearance of the 06 RAV4.
    BTW, why would you go with a RAV4 instead of a Sienna if you currently own an Odyssey? :confuse:
  • I am convinced that all these huge vans/mini-navs will have forever the issue of bulkiness along with rattles, clangs and all kind of weird noises... there is no solution around... it is just the fact of big huge vehicle effect of all kind of noises. I am tired of dealing with all these issues and of course the cheap quality of HONDA vehicles... I also never liked big vehicles but just enough size to accomodate and take care of the vehicle as needed and I believe the 06 RAV4 is the one, although I am 6'5'' tall still I am not concerned that it will fit me just fine. I used to have a 1999 4Runner and I believe the front space should be the same or more with 06 RAV4...

    Also the MPG it will be better than any minivan out there and anything smaller than a minivan will fit better in the garage...
  • I dont think Suzuki would sell many cars if they had quality issues. Suzuki has been the number one seller in Japan for the last six consecutive years. They also sell something like 2 million vehicles globally a year. In fact, in a year, they build more cars compared to Mazda, Subaru, Isuzu and Porsche. Theyre not as popular here in the states, but sell quite well outside.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    Good reason. We like our minivan as it is the smallest vehicle that will fill our needs. ;)
    We go on 3 long trips a year and take 1 grandchild or 1 daughter, son-in-law, and their 2 children.
    If we did not go on long trips, a RAV4 or CR-V would be ideal since we do not like the low seating in modern sedans or station wagons.
    As you well stated, the RAV4 gets better gas mileage and will fit better in a garage than the Sienna or Ody.
  • leclercleclerc Posts: 2
    Well you have all seen the Grand Vitara now so what is the problem? For the money you are getting the best there is out there.The Grand Vitatra was voted the best Suv under $40,000 by TSN'S Motoring, And Voted Best New SUV by AJAC and Canadian Driver says it is a must see for anyone considering a compact SUV. So check them out you will be pleasantly surprised!
  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    Information on how the AJAC awards works. It only includes new vehicles (not all vehicles available in each class). Also, since the 2006 RAV had not been released yet, it was not included in the evaluation process. I'm sure the Grand Vitara is a good vehicle, but it was not compared to or evaluated against every vehicle available in its class. Therefore, the process is flawed and a little misleading.
  • alrodalrod Posts: 1
    Drove the Rav4 and bought the Suzuki Grand Vitara. I like the styling much better. I went with the leather seats, sunroof, 4WD and basically maxed the car out. The quality on the Toyota is a little better, but this puppy is a little bigger and is just a lot more fun. HUGE improvements over previous years models which kept Suzuki off my shopping list before.
  • campdraftycampdrafty Posts: 10
    Glad to see your post. We're going to start test driving vehicles - chiefly the new Grand Vitara and the new Rav. Have previously owned a '95 Sidekick and currently own a '00 Grand Vitara. Both Suzuki vehicles have proven extremely reliable and functional - great to drive both in the city and offroad (have a camp in the mountains). Love the new GV design, both inside and outside. Not crazy at all about the Rav's interior or exterior, but am test driving the vehicle based on reports on Toyota's quality. I hope to stay with Suzuki because of our past experience!
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    We like to hear that! (Surely the Rav4 has more cargo room, though.) If you want to stir up trouble, just post your choice on a Rav4 discussion site.
  • campdraftycampdrafty Posts: 10
    lol!!! I thought about that! I know that most Toyota owners are extremely loyal to their brand too. Still, when my husband and I visited the car show here in Pgh when it came to town, we checked out both the GV and the Rav. The GV looked great and felt very comfortable inside. We didn't get a good feeling at all inside the Rav - felt "cramped".
    Question - and sorry if I've missed a previous post about this - we've been reading a lot on edmunds about both vehicles - does anyone know what the engine size will be in the '07 GVs? My '00 GV is a 2.5l engine (I think), and the new ones are 2.7l. I've never had a problem with the engine size in my current gv, but it seems to be a serious topic among new gv owners. Any answers appreciated.
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    The horsepower race fans are hoping Suzuki puts the XL7's 3.6L V6 in the GV for '07. Others are hoping Suzuki makes available the diesel available in it outside North America. My guess is they will stay with the 2.7, which has been used in the >06 XL-7. Outside the insiders, no one really seems to know yet.
  • avrguy73avrguy73 Posts: 26
    There is no way that the suzuki is bigger. The Suzuki looks small and low. And it is.
  • campdraftycampdrafty Posts: 10
    Actually, they're now somewhat similar. Did a comparison on Edmunds:

    Height on Suzuki - 66.7 in.
    Height on Rav - 66.3 in.

    Length on Suzuki - 176 in.
    Length on Rav - 181.1 in.

    Width on Suzuki - 71.3 in.
    Width on Rav - 71.5 in.

    Ground clearance on Suzuki - 7.9 in.
    Ground clearance on Rav - 7.5 in.

    Given all these similar dimensions, it is amazing that the Rav has a much bigger cargo capacity. It is longer, though, and their seats do fold down better.
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    The '06 GV has really been taking in on the chin for poor mileage and a crude V6 from many corners, especially Rav4 fans. The epa rating for the GV is 30mpg CDN, while the V6 Rav4 is rated at 36mpg.

    Well, the other day I was driving on a flat, straight road, with no traffic to draft, and no wind. I waited until I was holding the speed steady, with the mileage indicator varying by no more than plus or minus .1 l/100km. At 110 kph, the GV was getting 9.8 l/100km, and at 100kph it was getting 9.0 l/100km. So I was thinking that the epa rating probably is for more like a simulated speed of 80kph, not 100. I slowed to 80, waited for the throttle to settle out, and checked the reading. 8 l/100km. That's 36mpg using the Canadian/Imperial gallon. It would be 15% less for the US gallon.

    It has just over 5000 km on it now. When it had 200km on it, driving at 110kph, on flat and level, with no wind, but in winter and with the roof rack crossbars and 5 pairs of skis on the rack, and the tires underinflated, it settled at 11.8 l/100km.

    So it appears to me that these results are consistent, and better than the epa rating now that it's nominally broken in, in warm air, with nothing on the roof, and with the tires inflated to the spec 32lb. pressure.

    AND, if this turns out to be typical, then it means all the criticism the GV has been getting, much of it credited to a crude engine, is simply wrong. And given the GV is always in AWD, it means it's actually doing better than Toyota's much-vaunted sophisticated engine and superior engineering.

    This is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
  • Why do so many GV owners have to validate their vehicle purchase decision by posting on a RAV4 board? :confuse: For me, the GV's underpowered V6 and fuel economy just don't cut it. You love the GV? Good for you! Now move on! You're not getting any admiration or buyer's remorse form THIS satisfied RAV4 owner. :D
  • campdraftycampdrafty Posts: 10
    The GV vs. RAV board shows up on BOTH the Suzuki and Toyota boards, that's why. And after buying my third Suzuki GV - and after test driving both the GV and the Rav - this was a purchase that I didn't have to justify - it was simply a no-brainer. :)
  • thecatthecat Posts: 535
    it was simply a no-brainer

    Well the implication here is that if you bought a RAV you don't have a brain. I take ubbrage at that suggestion.

    I'm glad you like your GV and you're intitled to your opinion. My experience wasn't the same as yours. I found the GV's engine to be unrefined by comparison to the V6 RAV. Gas mileage was another consideration ... and then there is the resale value issue. So, as it turns out it is a "brainer" after all.
  • campdraftycampdrafty Posts: 10
    it was simply a no-brainer . . .

    For me. That statement was made by me and applied to me only. That you took it as "ubbrage" (did you mean "umbrage"?) was your choice.

    As for resale - yes, the resale on the Rav should be worth more (then again, who knows how the new GVs will be on resale - should be interesting and hope it's more than past models) - but the thousands I saved on the purchase price of the GV (compared to what I would have paid for a Rav) may make up for it. Mileage is also a consideration, but from what I've read on various forums, including ravs, some people haven't been getting the mileage they should. Haven't tested the mileage on my new GV yet. :)
  • bm000092bm000092 Posts: 70
    With my GV, on average during winter time (when it was below zero), I was getting 20/21 mpg. Now on summer time my average is 23/25 mpg. This is base roughly on 70% city and 30% highway. When I do highway only, running at 70 mph, I'm doing 30 mpg.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    This is a comparison board so the whole point is to point out the pros and cons of the two rigs (in a civil manner of course :shades:).

    Check the title again. ;)

    Steve, Host
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    Posts on the Rav4 vs GV topic on very well cover the reliabilty, resale value, quality and mileage issues. No need to repeat them, except to counter those who parrot the claims of Rav4 superiority.

    I think it's very fair to say, given my post above, and others, that the relative mileage advantage of the Rav4 is being seriously challenged.

    I'd also say that if the GV had more soundproofing, and softer suspension, it would seem just as "refined" as the Rav. It's very simple and cheap to achieve that impression. I thoroughly sound insulated an old cheap car, and afterward it seemed vastly more "refined".

    Suzuki should put out a version that matches the Rav4 for off-road incompetence and interior decibel levels, and get the mileage ratings corrected. Maybe then a few of those Rav4 buyers would be smart enough to pass on the Rav4's Toyota cachet, and pocket up to $10,000.

    I say all this without taking cabbage at anyone.
  • xostnotxostnot Posts: 232
    Is there some way to fix the Consumer Rating scores at the top of this topic to reflect the '06 GV and Rav4's? Instead of the '05 Rav4 and older GV's. I would imagine everyone's interested in the scores for the current models.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    That issue has been on the bug list for a while. Seems like 2006 is the current model year for both the GV and RAV4 (which is sometimes an issue during the model changeovers). I'll check on it again.

    Steve, Host
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