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Suzuki XL-7

The Suzuki XL-7 is this manufacturer's take on what a mid-size SUV should be. It was first put on the market in 2001. Early versions of this model were similar in design to a Grand Vitara. Buyers were getting a V-6 engine designed by Suzuki mounted on a rear-wheel drive based platform. Four-wheel drive was optional. At that point, it was the most economical SUV that offered a third row of passenger seating.

More than 20,000 units were sold each year, and the Suzuki XL-7 has received kudos from Consumers' Digest, who declared it to be a "Best Buy." The XL-7's competitors caught up by offering models with more horse power, and improved features at a lower price. Suzuki found that it was losing its market share to the Honda CR-V, the Honda Pilot, and the Toyota Highlander. Of course, that realization inspired changes designed to get sales back on track.

Suzuki then launched a second version of the XL-7 in an effort to regain its position in the North American marketplace. In late 2006, a new version of the XL7 was unveiled. (This new model didn't have a hyphenated title.) This latest offering is an able competitor to the Subaru Forester and came as a result of a partnership between the company and General Motors.

Second-generation XL7's are similar in design to the Pontiac Torrent, the Saturn Vue, and the Chevy Equinox. This type of vehicle is equipped with its own version of the GM High Feature engine, which is shipped to the Cami Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. This is the same location where the Torrent and the Equinox are assembled.

The latest version of the XL7 can seat between five and seven people comfortably, depending on the model the buyer chooses. The premium package has an MSRP of $25,499 for front wheel drive; if you want to buy a four-wheel drive version, you will need to pay a bit more. The price for 4WD goes up to $26,699.

A 2.7 liter, V6 engine powers the Suzuki XL7 and the person who gets behind the wheel will appreciate this vehicle's power windows and doors. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, as are heated rear view mirrors. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System is a wonderful feature that makes it easier for the owner to keep a good handle on this important safety consideration. The second generation XL7 certainly has evolved in response to market demands and customer preferences.

Suzuki XL-7 Reviews by Year

2009 Suzuki XL7
The 2009 Suzuki XL7 is a midsized crossover that's sportin' a new transmission. It comfortably transports you and 6 of your favorite people in its three rows of seating. For 2009, the Base trim and all models that accommodated only 5 passengers have been discontinued. There are currently three trims to choose from: the Premium, Luxury and the Limited. All available trims now come with a stock 3.6L 252hp V6 engine that provides ample power for all scenarios. The 5-speed automatic transmission has been upgraded to a fuel-saving 6-speed auto.

Available features for safety include ABS braking, front/side/side curtain airbags, anti-skid system, electronic traction control and more. There's also an innovative load-leveling electronic system standard on all trims. Towing capacity is capped at 3500 pounds and all trims offer either front-wheel or all-wheel drive systems. Limited trims feature genuine leather upholstery, NAV systems, DVD entertainment and sunroofs.

Competition for the 2009 XL7 from Suzuki comes from the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Ford Flex, Dodge Journey, Hyundai Santa Fe and the Toyota Highlander to name a few. more
2008 Suzuki XL7
The 2008 Suzuki XL7 is a midsize crossover SUV with room for seven passengers, a very attractive price tag and a long list of standard features. Much like the majority of crossover vehicles, the XL7 delivers a much smoother ride than most SUVs and is not a capable off road vehicle.
2007 Suzuki XL-7
Suzuki introduces its new 2007 XL7 full-size SUV which is right up there in size and features with its competitors. It comes with seating for up to seven and sports a 3.6 liter engine that provides the XL7 with 252 hp and 243 ft-lb torque.
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