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2005 Suzuki XL-7

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2005 Suzuki XL-7 Review

A five- or seven-seat alternative to the bulkier five-passenger SUVs at a pocket-friendly price.

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The 2005 Suzuki XL-7 comes onto the playing ground with a dash of history dating back to the 2001 edition that saw the four-wheel drive compact SUV with a boxy design take the arena.

In its later offering, the Suzuki XL-7 takes on a name as the first compact SUV to offer seven-passenger seating. The 2005 Suzuki XL-7 provides a five-door, five-passenger vehicle with optional third-row seating, and it comes with a stronger engine and a variety of trims to give the user more options.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki XL-7 LX 2WD, Suzuki XL-7 LX 4WD, Suzuki XL-7 LX III 2WD, Suzuki XL-7 EX 2WD, Suzuki XL-7 LX III 4WD, Suzuki XL-7 EX 4WD, Suzuki XL-7 EX III 2WD, Suzuki XL-7 EX III 4WD

What's New

The 2005 Suzuki XL-7 LX III and Suzuki XL-7 EX III feature two rows of rear seating, giving this vehicle a passenger capacity of seven.


The Suzuki LX-7 LX and Suzuki LX-7 LX III feature 16-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and a full-size spare tire mounted on the outside, privacy glass from the factory, a roof rack to enable better cargo hauling, side-hinged door in the rear, and skid plates. The 2005 Suzuki LX-7 EX and the Suzuki LX-7 EX III add a rear spoiler and a power glass sunroof.


Standard features on the Suzuki LX-7 include cloth-covered front bucket seats and a split-folding reclining rear seat with a folding center armrest, while the front also adds simulated wood trim on the dash. The 2005 Suzuki LX-7 comes with ample storage facilities including a front storage console, an overhead storage console, a center console, and door pockets, along with front and rear cup holders.

For easier utility, the 2005 LX-7 comes with power doors, power windows, and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with cruise control and audio controls mounted onto it. The Suzuki LX-7 includes power steering and additional comfort fittings such as climate control, interior air filtration, a clock, a tachometer, and outside temperature display.

The AM/FM radio on the Suzuki LX-7 couples with a CD player, six speakers, and one subwoofer. It also has two power outlets. The cargo capacity inside totals 40.3 cubic feet and it reaches a maximum interior space of 75.1 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The standard engine on the 2005 Suzuki XL-7, a 2.7-liter V-6, produces 185 hp at 6000 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. This pairs with a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive, and it comes with a front independent and rear solid live axle suspension, which offers a reasonably smooth ride on the highway but feels bumpy on uneven roads.

The four-speed transmission leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to merging and passing on the highway. The XL-7 displays some loss of control when speeding around corners and also under windy conditions. The engine becomes louder upon increased acceleration.


Safety features on the 2005 Suzuki XL-7 include front disc and rear drum brakes, ABS, airbags with occupant-sensing deactivation to protect passengers from launching airbag injuries, child seat anchors in the rear, and rear-door child safety locks.

For additional safety the 2005 XL-7 includes daytime running lights, headlamps with dusk-sensing technology, and height-adjustable headrests in all of the seats protect passengers from whiplash in the event of an impact.

The Suzuki XL-7 EX III includes a first aid kit, while the Suzuki XL-7 EX and Suzuki XL-7 EX III add electronic brake force distribution for better stopping technology.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki XL-7 LX 2WD: 17/22 mpg city/highway
Suzuki XL-7 LX 4WD: 17/22 mpg city/highway
Suzuki XL-7 LX III 2WD: 17/22 mpg city/highway
Suzuki XL-7 EX 2WD: 18/22 mpg city/highway
Suzuki XL-7 LX III 4WD: 17/22 mpg city/highway
Suzuki XL-7 EX 4WD: 17/22 mpg city/highway
Suzuki XL-7 EX III 2WD: 18/22 mpg city/highway
Suzuki XL-7 EX III 4WD: 17/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Third-row seating in LX III and EX III
  • Descent handling
  • Convenient dash controls
  • Interior upholstery
  • Cheaper than other SUVs

You Won't Like

  • Cramped second- and third-row seating
  • Some inferior plastic items
  • No side-impact airbags

Sum Up

A five- or seven-seat alternative to the bulkier five-passenger SUVs at a pocket-friendly price.

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