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2004 Suzuki XL-7 Review
A well rounded SUV choice.
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The 2004 Suzuki XL-7 is a luxury version of the Grand Vitara and is available in four different models in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. All models come with a six-cylinder engine that is teamed with either a five-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. It offers drivers ample power, superb handling, and the ability to handle any road conditions. Passengers enjoy a comfortable ride, especially in EX models. Rock-solid safety features and lots of storage space make it a great vehicle for the whole family.
Engine: 2.7-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Suzuki XL-7 LX, Suzuki XL-7 LX III, Suzuki XL-7 EX, Suzuki XL-7 EX III
The 2004 Suzuki XL-7 changes the name of its Touring and Limited models to EX III and LX III, and made some minor updates to its equipment list and exterior design.
The 2004 Suzuki XL-7 LX base model measures 187.4 inches in length, 70.1 inches in width, 68 inches in height, and has a 110.2-inch wheelbase. The design of the XL-7 is clean-cut and classy. A view from the front captures its chrome grille sided by multi-reflector jewel-type headlights. Below is its body-colored bumper with daytime running lights either side. Standout features shown in a side view are its chrome plated door handles/body-side moldings and 16-inch wheels. On the rear, a hard shell spare tire cover is mounted below a tinted rear windshield. On top, there are roof rails for carrying skis and bikes. The EX model has all of the above features, plus a rear spoiler, a power sunroof, and fog lamps.
The 2004 Suzuki XL-7 LX base model has wood grain trim and cloth seat trim. In the front there are bucket seats with adjustable center armrest, CD storage, three cup holders, two 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, overhead console with reading lamps and storage, and a seven position tilt steering wheel. The dash includes a CD player, air-conditioning with automatic climate controls, and logically-arranged gauges for easy readability. In the rear, there is a 60/40 split bench seat with adjustable headrests, a heating duct, two cup holders, one 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, and two removable coat hooks. The base model features power windows and locks, chrome interior door handles, remote keyless entry with panic button, and an automatic lighting system. Additional options include a third row of seating and a below-floor storage compartment. The EX model features leather upholstery and heated seats.
Performance & Handling
All 2004 Suzuki XL-7 models are packed with a 2.7-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It is teamed up with either a five-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Shifting is quick and crisp, allowing for smooth acceleration. Four-wheel drive is optional and must be disengaged when driving on dry pavement. It is built with an independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a beam rear suspension with coil springs. Small bumps are ridden over without much notice, while big potholes are a nuisance. Steering responds quickly and accurately on dry roads, maneuvering effortlessly around corners. On wet pavement and snowy road conditions the four-wheel drive kicks in and makes handling a piece of cake.
The 2004 Suzuki XL-7 LX model is equipped with front and rear side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, driver and front passenger front-impact airbags with dual stage deployment, height-adjustable front and rear safety belts with pretensioners to restrain passengers during an accident, three-point safety belts for all seating positions, a rear center three-point safety lap belt, front and rear seat height-adjustable headrests, a first aid kit, child seat anchors, and rear child safety door locks. It also features daytime running lights and dusk sensing headlamps. Depending on the model, anti-lock brakes on all four wheels are standard or optional. The EX model has all of the above safety features, and anti-lock brakes on all four wheels with electronic brake force distribution. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives a superb rating in a 40-mph crash test.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Excellent handling
- Good gas mileage
- Lots of cargo room
You Won't Like
- Blind spot in the rear corner
- Cramped seating in rear
A well rounded SUV choice.
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