The 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara: Tow It!

We have something of a situation on our hands.  It seems demand for quality “tow behind” cars, like Suzukis, is high while supply is, shall we say, out of sync with demand.  The good news is Butler Suzuki’s coming to the rescue by offering an inventory that includes the new 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara!

The Grand Vitara, which is available in 4-wheel drive, is popular among RVers because it can be flat-towed, that is, towed with all four wheels on the ground, without racking up odometer miles.  The fact that it gets an estimated 26 mpg on the highway once unhooked from the RV doesn’t hurt, either.  Suzuki calls the Vitara an “all access pass to planet Earth.”  Basically, it goes everywhere your RV can’t.

So, while, the good news is we can now offer 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitaras, the bad news is we only have *two* of them.  But that’s two more than yesterday.  And two more RVs that’ll soon be sporting the must-have tow-behind car of the season.

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5 Comments

  1. I understand the owners manual says to limit dinghy towing to 55 mph. Is that true? Is that really necessary? I would like to know if anyone has experience towing at faster speeds. 55 mph limit would take the Grand Vitara off my list for sure.

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    1. Keith,
      Here’s what the owner’s manual for the Grand Vitara series says:
      “Vehicles equipped with a transfer switch
      may be towed from the front with all four
      wheels on the ground. Be sure to use
      proper towing equipment designed for recreational
      towing and make sure that towing
      speed does not exceed 90 km/h (55 mph).”
      Thanks for your interest.
      – – Butler Automotive Group

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  2. I OWN A SUZUKI GRAND VINTARA 2011 MODEL WITH A TRANSFER SWITCH FOR FLAT TOWING…HAVE JUST HAD THE HITCH AND GO MOUNTED TO THE CAR….HAVE SAT AND READY THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLAT TOWING….AND BEEN BACK AND FORTH TO SUZUKI YARD TO 100% SEE IF WHAT THE BOOKS SAID WAS RIGHT… NO LUCK….ONCE SET UP THE SWTCH TO TOW CAR BEHIND RV….YOU HAVE TO FINALLY TOW IN THE AUTO PARK SLOT….BUT IT DOESNT RING TRUE…. ONCE EVERYTHING SET INTO.. N..POSITION THEN SHIFT THE AUTO STICK INTO PARK THE CAR DOESNT WISH TO MOVE FREELY.. AS VERY FRUSTRATED OWNER OF A CAR I DO NOT WISH TO FLAT TOW UNTIL HAVE THE RIGHT ANSWERS….AND NO ONE IS COMING UP WITH THEM….CAN YOU SHED SOME LIGHT ON THE MATTER OR SEND ME WHERE I CAN GET BETTER INFO ….

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    1. Irene,
      We checked with our service department. They confirmed that the tow options had changed but said the information in your owner’s manual is correct. Hope that helps!
      – – Butler Auto Group

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    2. Irene needs to have engine running, transmission in neutral, switch from 4H to N, release switch, then without pushing in on switch, rotate left and hold until instrument panel says transfer case in N then return transmission to P. Apply brake during process, as the vehicle will be free wheeling at this point.

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