"A local dealer was selling about 150 of the XL7 Luxury Suzukis and I was initially impressed by all the features that came with it and supremely impressed by the price! (This is easly thousands less than pretty much any other crossover on the market.)
Any worries I may have had about the craftmenship of the vehicle were put to rest after viewing the car in person. If you open the hood, not only is the engine a fantastic 6cyl 3.6 ltr beauty, but on the underside of the hood is a sticker with the name GM stamped on it. (Apparently they are either a subsidy of GM or worked with GM to make these vehicles.)
The Lux version gave us power everything (including moonroof), 6 CD MP3/WMA player stereo, heated front seats, leather interior, 3rd row seating, and what I call "Automagic" which means that it has the spot where you can shift to different gears without needing a clutch. The passenger seat also folds flat and has a plastic back so you could use it as a changing table or to play cards on or whatever you need a flat surface for.
The dash and console up front are nicely laid out. Instrument panel looks like a Chevy Impala (my parents have one) and there are radio controls on the steering wheel. Two cupholders with a removable rubber inlay. The middle armrest also opens up for storage.
Middle row gives you a 60/40 split (or is it 70/30?) and a nice armrest that folds down as well with some more cupholders. There is also a second power outlet and small storage area in the console. Foot room is great even with the front seats in the back position.
3rd row seating contains 2 small seats and probably won't fit much more than two teenage children, but still nice to have if you are ever in a pinch to give rides. If you fold the seats down flat, there is a lot of cargo space. We had an '03 VUE and the space with the 3rd row down beats the VUE's space easily. Nice little "hidden" storage bins at the very back complete the interior.
The vehicle handles fantastically and the 3.6L engine really does have great pickup and power. Some have complained of the blind spots, but I don't get the same blind spots they are referring to. The toughest part is that the vehicle is so long, it's tough to see when you are backing up how close you are to something, especially if it's lower than the back window.
The only other CONS I have: Front passenger seat is not motorized like the driver's; Middle row seats don't move forward or back; Gas mileage from 17-22 mpg; Lux version looks to be XM ready, but they don't make XM for the factory radio... only the Limited version has XM.
The list of CONS is very minor, IMHO, and the PROS make this a fantastic deal. Performance takes a hit as it's a gas guzzler, but the handling and power make it hard to not like driving it as much as possible. We also got an extended warranty (we would have had the remainder of 3 years and 7yrs on the power train) so I don't anticipate any issues mechanically, and even if we do, won't have to worry about them."
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