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2008 Suzuki XL7 Sport Utility Crossover

AWD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row, DVD

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  • $29,149 original MSRP
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2008 Suzuki XL7 Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Suzuki XL7 Sport Utility Crossover

The 2008 XL7 is the largest Suzuki ever built, according to the automaker. The crossover SUV, oriented for on-road duty and people-moving, is closely related to the Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent but fitted with a standard, Suzuki-built overhead-cam V6 across the line. The XL7 is also particularly attractive because of its generous safety features and top five-star safety ratings in both front and side impact crash tests from the federal government. A modest towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds is enough to tow a small boat or pop-up trailer, and the XL7 is covered by Suzuki's 100,000-mile, seven-year, fully transferable powertrain warranty.

What's new for 2008?

A more affordable base model is added to Suzuki's XL7 line, which had been completely redesigned for 2007. Meanwhile, the standard equipment list for Luxury and Limited models has been expanded. Top-of-the-line Limited models now come with a remote start system. Also for 2008, a rear-vision camera is--with a screen built into the rearview mirror--is available on Limited models.

Model Strengths

  • Spacious interior
  • safety
  • thoughtful standard features
  • strong warranty
  • available all-wheel drive.

Model Review

A 3.6L, 24-valve V6, making 252 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, is standard on the XL7, along with a five-speed automatic. The engine is built by Suzuki in Japan and is designed for long maintenance intervals. It's also especially smooth, due to a double-isolated cradle system.

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Driven: 2008 Suzuki XL7 Limited

Source: MSN Autos

A new 7-passenger SUV that debuted as a 2007 model, the XL7 is based on the same General Motors platform as the Chevrolet Equinox. A more car-like vehicle, the new XL7 gives up some of the off-road capability of earlier versions in favor of everyday ride and drivability.

To further differentiate the XL7 from the other GM SUVs built on the same platform, Suzuki has added third-row seating. The third-row seat is optional on lower trim levels and standard for the Limited, which also features 17-inch chrome alloy wheels.

Although the XL7 is now larger than earlier generations, the new platform is evident by a low step-in height that makes it easier to slip into the driver's seat. On the outside, the XL7 is narrower than other 7-passenger competitors for easier maneuverability and parking, but it doesn't feel narrow inside.

The interior has a clean, simple design with excellent ergonomics overall and useful storage space. A neat feature: the screen for the rearview camera is incorporated into the rearview mirror - it's small but very useful. One small issue is the location of the heated-seat switch - it's easy to inadvertently turn on the heated seat when adjusting the climate control. Also, there is a small ridge above each of the window switches that catches dirt and crumbs.

Powered by a GM-sourced 252-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, and teamed with a 5-speed automatic transmission, the XL7 delivers good acceleration for a vehicle of this size and gets decent fuel economy. Rated at 16/22 mpg (city/hwy), we experienced 18 mpg combined. There is some torque steer under hard acceleration in the front-wheel-drive version.

The XL7 delivers an acceptable balance between responsiveness and a comfortable ride. The handling can't be described as sporty, but for a vehicle of this size the steering is direct and the suspension is well controlled, which inspires confidence. Wrapped in a stylish new design, Suzuki has delivered another alternative for families looking to bridge the gap between a minivan and a full-size SUV.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Opt

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 7 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 3 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

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