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2007 Suzuki XL7

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2007 Suzuki XL7 Review

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Suzuki looks to 2007 as its most significant year in the US, introducing two timely new vehicles, including the XL7, and celebrating a 2006 sales increase of 77 percent since 2003. Creating its first midsize crossover by redesigning and reengineering last year's flagship XL-7 SUV (and dropping the hyphen), Suzuki debuts the XL7 as a brand-new mainstream model. Crossovers, built on car-like unibodies, are outstripping SUVs in popularity and the streamlined XL7 Limited joins the crossover segment as a modern, style-conscious seven-passenger version with optional all-wheel drive and the advantage of excellent fuel economy. Two other models, Base and Luxury, round out buyer choices.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like this car if you enjoy a mobile lifestyle, want flexible seating, need plenty of horsepower and torque for towing jet skis or what-have-you and don't want to break the family budget. For weekend off-roaders who find gravel roads exhilarating, the XL7 Limited's intelligent-all-wheel-drive (i-AWD) delivers power to all four wheels full-time.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like this crossover if complete rear visibility is important for backing up or checking rear traffic during lane changes. With even two rear seating positions occupied, let alone all five, there is a limited view through the tailgate's full-width but shallow back window due to obstructions by adult passengers' heads and shoulders.

What's New for 2007

The largest and most powerful vehicle Suzuki has ever sold, the XL7 has borrowed its predecessor's name but is new from the frame up. On sale in September, Suzuki claims it will be the most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle on the market.

Driving the XL7

Driving Impressions The sedan-like quality of driving the XL7 is evident from the start, and it's easy to forget there is space for six passengers. Steering is responsive even on unpaved roads....

During a patch of severe washboards there was, naturally, some vibration but the XL7 Limited ran straight and sure, thanks in part to the self-leveling rear shock absorbers. The handling is easy and precise in the 4,000-pound crossover, with minimal body lean, and braking is strong and instant. When needed, the transmission provided prompt upshifts. The Manumatic, which allows the driver to manually gear up or down on steep hill climbs and ascents by tapping the shifter, is an excellent, easily-operated assist system. Despite its size and heft, the XL7 provides a quiet ride with barely discernable wind noise. The all-wheel-drive system in its three modes—two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and all-wheel-drive Lock—tested out effortlessly.

Heated Seats
Cool weather means cold seats, but from a distance of 200 yards they can be warmed up in advance using the XL7's remote entry, which automatically kicks in the heat when the outside temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Manumatic
Automatic transmissions are way ahead of manuals in popularity but, when you want to have some fun, shifting with the Manumatic provides a sense of control and, on downhill runs, it can save brake wear, as well.

2007 Suzuki XL7 Details
2007 Suzuki XL7 photo Interior

As plush as its price allows, the interior is upscale, entry-level luxury. Spacious, comfortable second-row seats recline and flip down. The third row in the Luxury and Limited editions folds flat to provide extra cargo space, as does the front passenger seat. Tall passengers will appreciate the headroom, but riders in the third row will find the legroom restrictive. For road warriors, the four 12-volt power outlets provide juice for electronic devices and the cockpit-style dash is compact and friendly. Door openings are wide, even for entering the third row. Fully equipped, with a functional cabin to suit most needs, the XL7 offers three trim levels that are available in both five and seven-passenger versions. Very little road noise disturbs riders, although a louder turn signal would better remind drivers to turn it off when no longer needed.

Exterior
2007 Suzuki XL7 photo

Conforming to today's typical styling combination of SUV and wagon, the sleek XL7 has a balanced exterior with triangular headlamps as its most noticeable feature. Clean lines, with a nod to macho via muscular wheel arches, identify the XL7 with the mid-size crossover segment. Integrated roof racks, a hi-rise tailgate and a dignified rather than an in-your-face grille add up to an attractive vehicle.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

An emphasis on protective features defines the front-wheel-drive XL7 as a vehicle for 35- to 45-year olds who are concerned about family safety. Front and side-curtain airbags for all rows lead the list, along with electronic stability/traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, rollover sensor and disc brakes. All of the bells and whistles are already on board, including air conditioning, automatic transmission with Manumatic shift, remote entry, cruise control and four 12-volt outlets. On the models with three rows of seats, self-leveling suspension and rear air conditioning are standard.

Optional Equipment

Worrying over options for Suzuki's XL7 is cut to the minimum. In fact, the base model's only option is all-wheel drive (available on all trim levels), since it is already loaded with a long list of standard features. Luxury model options supply music lovers and map readers with DVD entertainment, a sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. Moving up to the flagship Limited version, Suzuki adds on a touring package that includes a touchscreen navigation system.

Under the Hood

The engine on all three models is a 3.6-liter V6 designed by General Motors and built by Suzuki in Japan, matched to a five-speed automatic/Manumatic transmission that provides all the driving modes most drivers will ever need. One liter larger than its predecessor, the bigger and more powerful engine nevertheless delivers equal or better fuel economy.

3.6-liter V6
252 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
243 lb.-ft. torque @ 2300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (2WD), 17/23 (AWD)

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2007 Suzuki XL7 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 153 Ratings for the 2007 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great driving vehicle....but...

By on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Drive well....good MPG and power for a v-6"

Cons: "timing chain!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Great vehicle for the value but the timing chains are a major issue. If you are unlucky enough to not get the replaced under warranty its a major expense!! Avoid these used unless they can show receipts for the timing chain work. These will only last 110k or so if your lucky till they need replaced. Only exception would be the vehicle that had always had synthetic oil from the get go.....witch is very unlikely!! If you can find one with this fix they are overall a great rig!"

Great vehicle!

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Wish suzuki was still in business I would purchase another. This was my 2nd one and couldn't ask for a better vehicle."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great gas mileage, no mechanical problems ever

By on Sunday, March 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, easy to care for"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car...never had any mechanical problems, great gas mileage, easy to clean, still looks new and still shines after every car wash. Very easy to care for."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

More power then you would expect.

By on Sunday, February 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I am second owner. Bought it when it was a year old. Has been very reliable. Steering wheel squeaks. Has for years now. Has all he power you would want for such a vehicle and a little bit more."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Need another one.

By on Monday, February 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Luxury and power too!"

Cons: "V6 is the only engine choice."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second XL7' love it and would buy another if the dealership was still able to sell them. Not certain about Suzuki's reason for pulling out of the US when they make an amazing SUV. I like the look, the performance and the low maintenance. Over 100k on both of my XL 7's and the new owner of the first one is still driving it and it looks and sounds great."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Purchased new, great car for value.

By on Thursday, January 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quality car for price."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Car has been used since retirement for 7 years traveling all over the US. Great comfort and easy to drive for me, now age 70. No problems, but do change oil regularly and results is a great car. I am so sorry they do no longer sale this car in US."

6 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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