2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara Ultimate Adventure Edition>

The Suzuki Grand Vitara Ultimate Adventure Edition compact five-seat SUV, traditional utility styling, off-road capabilities, and affordable price will gratify drivers who crave for a compact that can in fact perform.

If it were a man this two-row five-passenger vehicle strikes a good-looking balance between a masculine off-roader and the gentleness of a crossover making it a perfect match for the lady that wants everything.

Two engines were previously available, but for 2012, the Grand Vitara 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, the engine scores 26 mpg highway depending on trim level and drive-train. The Grand Vitara also offers some great upgrades; premium seven-speaker audio system, Google search, 18-inch alloy wheels and safety camera.

Now the leg-room in the cabin is plenty in all seat positions and the back seat will fold back quickly with just a couple pulls on the lever so you can fit all your Vons bags, kids or even the dog.  So when you take the dogs along no need to worry about the mess the extra durable rubber mats help to keep dirt and sand to a minimum clean up.

With its open atmosphere and nice brawny wheel grip the Vitara secretly encourages you to set out for a weekend full of on road and off-road exotic explorations; snow, beach, off-road even tailgating with your friends or as the Suzuki team would say “The Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV is your all access pass to planet earth”.

The 2012 Suzuki Vitara bundles in it’s base model; power doors and locks, XM-compatible audio system, navigation, automatic climate control, keyless start and entry that’s a ton of value with starting price of only $19,649.

Safety is key and with its standard features are the front side and side curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes, plus the Grand Vitara received the IIHS rates highest overall value of “good,” and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) scored four stars of rollover resistance.

Written by: HerHighway Staff Contributor and Editor Christina Selter