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  1. Join Date
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    #1
    Sirs, again needs some inputs po regarding these 2 vehicles. Which has the best in over all performance when it comes to...
    - Reliability
    - Efficiency
    - Less fuel consumption
    - Engine power esp in long drives, uphills, etc
    - Stability
    - Matic or manual

    Actually, CRV is not in our present option but were open if we will also be enlightened. From my recent threads, Vitara is more recommended by fellow tsikoteers over Feroza and Rav 4 (1st gen). So perhaps this is the last contender I could think of vs vitara.

    All replies will be very much appreciated. Thanks a lot

  2. #2
    Quote Originally Posted by arvin.diesel View Post
    Which has the best in over all performance when it comes to...
    - Reliability
    - Efficiency
    - Less fuel consumption
    - Engine power esp in long drives, uphills, etc
    - Stability
    - Matic or manual

    Actually, CRV is not in our present option but were open if we will also be enlightened. From my recent threads, Vitara is more recommended by fellow tsikoteers over Feroza and Rav 4 (1st gen). So perhaps this is the last contender I could think of vs vitara.
    Reliability: both are good, but the Vitara being more old-school (body-on-frame, part-time 4WD) is easier to fix when something goes wrong, and also more suitable to rough terrain, flooded areas (a snorkel is however strongly recommended if you're going to face floods constantly). The CR-V is way more sophisticated.

    Efficiency: if you're talking about fuel-efficiency, I'd take a look at a 1.6L 16-valve Vitara with manual transmission, since the 3-speed TH180 automatic has a slippy torque converter and no overdrive. There are some with the 8-valve engine which, altough have the torque revving band at a lower point, often feel underpowered. There are some claims about the CR-V having better fuel-efficiency due to its transversely-mounted engine, but considering it's heavier and with a larger engine might not be too much better, altough its more sophisticated engine management may help to cut the fuel consumption.

    Less fuel consumption: I still would take the Vitara over the CR-V. Anyway, if you didn't get so satisfied, it's easier either to convert to LPG or to perform a diesel engine swap

    Engine power: the Vitara has enought power. It's quite low-geared, which sacrifices fuel-efficiency a bit in highway but leads to a better performance while driving uphill.

    Stability: the CR-V, due to its more sophisticated suspension setup, wider body/axles and lower center-of-gravity, tends to have a higher stability. Also, the full-time 4WD setup enhances the grip in good pavement while the part-time setup of the Vitara is not recommended to use in good pavement.

    Automatic or manual: it's all about personal preferences. If I would get the Vitara, I would rather get one with manual transmission. By the way, I don't even remember to have ever seen a CR-V with manual transmission, and its collumn-mounted shifter is pretty convenient.

  3. Join Date
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    #3
    Quote Originally Posted by cripple_rooster View Post
    Reliability: both are good, but the Vitara being more old-school (body-on-frame, part-time 4WD) is easier to fix when something goes wrong, and also more suitable to rough terrain, flooded areas (a snorkel is however strongly recommended if you're going to face floods constantly). The CR-V is way more sophisticated.

    Efficiency: if you're talking about fuel-efficiency, I'd take a look at a 1.6L 16-valve Vitara with manual transmission, since the 3-speed TH180 automatic has a slippy torque converter and no overdrive. There are some with the 8-valve engine which, altough have the torque revving band at a lower point, often feel underpowered. There are some claims about the CR-V having better fuel-efficiency due to its transversely-mounted engine, but considering it's heavier and with a larger engine might not be too much better, altough its more sophisticated engine management may help to cut the fuel consumption.

    Less fuel consumption: I still would take the Vitara over the CR-V. Anyway, if you didn't get so satisfied, it's easier either to convert to LPG or to perform a diesel engine swap

    Engine power: the Vitara has enought power. It's quite low-geared, which sacrifices fuel-efficiency a bit in highway but leads to a better performance while driving uphill.

    Stability: the CR-V, due to its more sophisticated suspension setup, wider body/axles and lower center-of-gravity, tends to have a higher stability. Also, the full-time 4WD setup enhances the grip in good pavement while the part-time setup of the Vitara is not recommended to use in good pavement.

    Automatic or manual: it's all about personal preferences. If I would get the Vitara, I would rather get one with manual transmission. By the way, I don't even remember to have ever seen a CR-V with manual transmission, and its collumn-mounted shifter is pretty convenient.

    Thanks for the very informative tip sir cripple_rooster. By the way sir, I thought pare-pareho lang ang 5 doors vitara...magkaiba po pala ang suzuki vitara at grand vitara..am I correct? Dapat po pala ay 1.6L at 16valve na vitara lang ang iconsider namin.

  4. #4
    Grand Vitara was released in 1998 if I remember correctly, and didn't have 8-valve engines, unless the ones fitted with the Mazda RF turbodiesel. Also, the Grand Vitara had a 4-cylinder 2.0L petrol engine while the 2.0L one in the Vitara was the V6. Due to parts availability I'd not take a V6 Vitara. At least the V6 Grand Vitara, either the 2.5L or the 2.7L (which was available in the XL-7), plenty powerful altough more guzzler than the 2.0L 4-cylinder, have more parts interchangeability with Opel, Daewoo and Chevrolet cars.

    By the way, the only bodystyle of the Grand Vitara with the 1.6L available was the 3-door.

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