Suzuki XL7

The Suzuki XL7 is Suzuki’s take on what a midsize SUV must look like. The car was first introduced in 2001 and early versions of the vehicle were deceptively similar to Suzuki’s very own Grand Vitara. Customers were able to get a Suzuki-designed V-6 engine in the XL7 that was mounted on the rear drive platform, with optional all-wheel drive. At that time, the car was the most economically-priced SUV with a third row of passenger seats.

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Suzuki XL7 Origins

Suzuki sold over 20,000 units of the car each year and was lauded by several experts. The company, buoyed by the response, launched a second version of the vehicle in an effort to strengthen its position in the United States in 2006. The latest offering proved to be a tough competitor to several other companies that were offering similar vehicles.

About the Suzuki XL7

Although the Suzuki XL7 was a crossover car, it was introduced as a car-based SUV. The XL-7 had seven seats and was very suitable for a large family. The 60/40 split-folding middle row seats and the 50/50 third-row seats could be folded flat onto the floor to extract additional cargo space. The fold-flat front seat enabled the car to carry longer goods with ease. The third-row, however, was a bit cumbersome. Ever since its introduction, the XL7 had three trim levels: Limited, Luxury, and Premium. The stability of the car was a noteworthy point as well.

The 2009 Suzuki XL7 had a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that gave 252 hp and a 243 lb-ft of torque. It was also connected to a six-speed automatic transmission system with manual shift control. All the trim levels were available with all-wheel-drive.

The XL7 could reach 60 mph within a very tidy 8.2 seconds. The new six-speed automatic transmission was a bit quicker. The fuel economy rates stood at 17/24 mpg city/highway. The all-wheel-drive version was 1 mpg less across the board.

The 2009 Suzuki XL7 was available with anti-lock brakes, standard full-length side-curtain airbags, and traction and stability controls. In crash tests conducted by the government, the car scored a perfect five for side and frontal crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the car the highest possible "Good" rating for the frontal offset crash test and the second highest possible rating of "Acceptable" with regard to side impact tests.

Suzuki XL7 Features

The 2009 version of the XL7 was a midsize crossover SUV that was available in three variants: Limited, Luxury, and Premium.

The Premium model was available with 17-inch alloy wheels, a third row seat, tinted windows, auto-leveling rear suspension, auto off/on headlamps, a tilted steering wheel, full power accessories, cruise control, and a six-speaker audio system. The Luxury trim has a power driver seat, leather upholstery, a sunroof, and heated front seats. The Limited version comprised 17-inch chrome wheels, remote engine start, fog lamps, satellite radio, and a touchscreen navigation system. This edition could be fitted with a DVD-system by compromising with the sunroof.

The 2009 Suzuki XL7 was the most comfortable and largest SUV that the Japanese car major has ever built. The interior of the car was functional and spacious, although the widely spaced window switches placed on the central console could have been done away with. With regard to head and legroom, the car was quite accommodating. The shoulder room, however, was narrower when compared to other midsize crossovers available in the market.

Suzuki XL7 Evolution

The XL7 was completely redesigned for the 2007 release. It was roomier, larger, and more comfortable and powerful than any of its earlier predecessors. There was a brand new rack-and-pinion steering, besides the four-wheel independent suspension that had load-leveling rear shock absorbers in the passenger models. The XL7 boasted of newfound comfort, capability and confidence that matched up against various other leading midsize SUVs. The new model, however, lacked the earlier one’s off-road capabilities. The 2007 version of the car had a 3.6-liter 252-hp engine, which was a welcome replacement over the previous model’s 2.7-liter V-6 engine.

The car was equipped with stability and traction control with rollover sensor, and anti-lock disc brakes. The additional safety features that were incorporated to the model included side curtain airbags, for all the three rows of passengers, and the tire-pressure monitoring system.

In 2008, the second year following the complete overhaul, the XL7 received minor changes. The Trim levels were simplified and the upper trims gained additional standard features. The base model of the vehicle was available in the five-passenger form, and its price was lowered.

Select a Suzuki XL7 Year

2009 Suzuki XL7

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2009 Suzuki XL7 seems to have created a niche instead of trying to bulldoze its way into the highly-competitive full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment.

2008 Suzuki XL7

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2008 Suzuki XL7 is a midsize crossover SUV that will impress any car buyer looking for a good family vehicle.

2007 Suzuki XL7

SUV, Utility/Offroad

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.