When Suzuki redesigned the XL7 for the 2007 model year, the new midsize crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) blew the original design out of the water in terms of refinement, equipment, space, and performance. Like so many of its other products, Suzuki keeps a reasonable price tag, giving further reason to consider purchasing the XL7. Under the hood, the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine delivers plenty of power with 252 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. Around town or on the highway, the XL7 provides a smooth and comfortable ride.
Suzuki adds plenty of fun equipment and extras to sweeten the deal as well. Front- and all-wheel drive is offered on all models and trim levels. Overall, this well-priced SUV is a good option.
Body Styles: Midsize crossover SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with manual shift mode
Models: XL7 base, XL7 Luxury five-passenger models, XL7 base, XL7 Luxury, XL7 Limited seven-passenger models
Suzuki redesigns the XL7 for the 2007 model year. The new design is larger, more powerful, and much more comfortable and roomy inside the cabin.
The 2007 Suzuki XL7 is completely overhauled for this model year. It marks the first of the car’s second generation. The frame for this year’s model is two inches wider and 10 inches longer than the original. It also has a unibody structure for improved stability and handling reflexes.
The 2007 XL7 also offers an attractive look with its assertive front end and grille design. It offers sleek, modern lines with plenty of character and style. It fits in well in any location. The XL7 is offered in a long list of color choices as well.
The 2007 Suzuki XL7 also features privacy glass and 16-inch alloy wheels. The upper trim levels naturally offer all of those features with the addition of a sunroof and keyless startup.
As part of the redo for the 2007 model year, Suzuki makes some changes to the XL7 cabin as well. The interior is rather roomy expect in the shoulder area. As it turns out, this model is a bit narrower than other models and can create a cramped fit for wider shouldered passengers. The design is effective, simple, functional, and stylish. In some cases, the panels and trim look a little ill-fitted, but overall, it offers good design and material usage. With the five-passenger model, the second seat is a 60/40 split design as it is with the seven-passenger model. The seven-passenger edition has a third row that is capable of folding in a 50/50 split. The 2007 Suzuki XL7 offers 95.2 total cubic feet of cargo space.
This SUV also features full power accessories, a six-speaker CD audio system, and automatic climate control. The upper trim levels naturally offer all of those features with the addition wood grain accents. The Limited seven-passenger edition is the only trim level with a rear seat entertainment center option.
Performance & Handling
There is a lot to be said for the performance and handling of the 2007 Suzuki XL7. As with so many other features of the first generation, in the second generation, it’s all bigger and better. Even though the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine is larger than its predecessor, it receives better fuel economy and provides excellent acceleration and performance. It has to be noted that the suspension on this model is a bit soft and may feel loose on sharp turns and corners. Overall, the drive is nice and smooth, and more comfortable than the first generation models by far.
Safety features aren’t overlooked with the 2007 Suzuki XL7 either. The company makes sure to include plenty of equipment to ensure peace of mind. These SUVs are equipped with side curtain airbags for two or three rows, depending on the body style choice. They also have traction and stability control with a built-in roll over sensor. Anti-lock brakes are offered standard as well, and a tire pressure monitor rounds out the safety features for this model.
EPA Fuel Economy
XL7 3.6-liter V-6: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- Affordable price
- Long list of standard equipment
You Won't Like
- Limited shoulder room
- Some cheap materials in the cabin
Well equipped with plenty of room.
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