The big draw of the 2001 Suzuki XL-7, which is a less compact version of the Grand Vitara, is its third row seating. This is a compact SUV that is all about having a roomy, comfortable interior. Of course, it also has the off-road capabilities, cargo room, and towing ability that consumers expect from a quality SUV. Best of all, they get all of those great SUV features in a vehicle that’s actually reasonably priced.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki XL-7, Suzuki XL-7 Plus, Suzuki XL-7 Touring, Suzuki XL-7 Limited
The exciting aspect of the 2001 Suzuki XL-7 is that third-row seating without the third row seating price, making this year’s model particularly attractive to many families on a budget.
The 2001 Suzuki XL-7 features wide rear doors along with skid plates, 16-inch alloy wheels and steel wheels on the Base model, painted finish bumpers, and a rear power liftgate door. The Touring also features all-season tires, a rear spoiler, and a roof rack. The base model is well-equipped with daytime running lights and tinted privacy glass. If upgraded to the XL-7 Plus, it adds 16-inch aluminum wheels. The top-of-the-line Touring model offers a sunroof and rear spoiler.
The 2001 Suzuki XL-7 carries many exciting features, one of them being the standard third row seat, but consumers will also enjoy plenty of head and leg room due to the high ceilings and low floors. Be aware; however, that while there's plenty of vertical space, the cabin is a bit narrow, so when it’s filled up, it can be a bit of a squeeze. The base model is well-equipped with power door locks, mirrors, and windows along with remote keyless entry. The top-of-the-line Touring model offers a CD/Cassette player combination. The final trim level, the Limited, is simply the Touring with leather seating added.
Performance & Handling
Performance and handling are not the strong suits of the 2001 Suzuki XL-7, especially when it’s filled to capacity. It suffers from some of the typical handling issues expected from an SUV, such as not taking tight turns and having a stiff brake pedal. However, when it comes to handling off-road terrain, it can hold its own with just about any compact SUV. It comes with a 2.7-liter, V-6 engine, which produces 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. It can also come with an automatic or manual transmission and two- or four-wheel drive.
There’s plenty to like about the 2001 Suzuki XL-7 from a safety perspective, including integrated front and rear safety zones, front airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, rear door child safety locks, and child seat anchors, and electronic brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
Suzuki XL-7: 16/19 mpg city/highway
- Third row seating
- Reasonable price
- Lots of head and leg room
You Won't Like
- Handles like an SUV
- Not as much power as one might like
- No side impact airbags
Plenty of room for family, friends, or cargo at a reasonable price.
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