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Suzuki XL7 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.6 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 252 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Suzuki XL7

  • With lots of room and comfort for five -- two more out back if they're small -- the well-equipped new midsize 2007 Suzuki XL7 is vastly improved and is finally a viable choice for a midsize crossover SUV.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Lengthy standard equipment list, affordable price, generous warranty coverage.

  • Cons

    A few cheap interior pieces, tight shoulder room.

  • What's New for 2007

    The Suzuki XL7 has been redesigned for 2007. Compared to last year's model, the new one is larger, roomier, more comfortable and more powerful.

Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 22
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki XL7 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 5A)

i got this car brand new. loved it then problems came. i had to have the transmission replaced before i hit 25,000 miles driving home form work and the car stops moving on the expressway in the first and second gear. sutton replace it. now the car jumps when you change from drive to reverse. they told me they couldnt do anything about that. now when you are slowing down and the car or suv gets to first it acts like you have a manual and you shifted down. still they dont know whats wrong and cant fix it. so i have soured on this car waiting dont really know what to do with it.

Xl7 the wander-er

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki XL7 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 5A)

Attracted first by looks, then acceleraton, then sound system, then fit. 2wd w/traction control. Car has a tendency to wander almost as if each wheel at times has a different amount of power than the other. We drive it but not as often as we would like because. Dealer has no explanation. Seems better without traction control. Wouldn't buy another one if it had a hint of this behavior. Love my 92 Jeep and 95 Subuaru. Suzuki looks good in the driveway.

We love our xl7 so

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki XL7 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 5A)

We just purchased this rig a few days ago with 33k. The first thing we did was take it on about a three hour trip. We love the roomy interior. Seats were pretty comfortable. I had plenty of leg and head room. The accellaration was great! Fuel econommy accoring to the onboard trip computer hit 26mpg on the freeway. Lots of cargo room. For the price we feel this is an excellent value. I see some people are whinning about cheap inerior panels. Sure they could be better. If you want better get off your wallet and buy a Caddillac or something. For the price we feel this rig is an excellent value. If we wanted nicer we would have spent more money. This has all the features and comfort we need.

Good basic vehicle

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki XL7 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 5A)

well, going on 2 yrs and this has been a very good car for us, comfy on long trips to Montana from seattle and was even getting 27 mpg on that trip. Generally getting 19 around town. It has a large gas tank compared to most SUVs in its class even though I honestly wish it was a 20 gallon tank. HUGE cargo capacity for this class of suv, you can really load it up. It's not top notch but we only paid $19 grand for it, Got around great in 6 inch snow and just cable chains on the front tires. We looked at trading it in but after looking at all the other SUVs, the fuel economy, and the cost of those SUVs we decided to just keep it. Unfortunately, this car really lost a lot of its value.

Excellent suv

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki XL7 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 5A)

I have owned Chevrolet, Ford, Mazda products liked all of them. After purchaing the Suzuki XL-7, I have decided this vehicle overall is the best vehicle. The XL-7 performance is oustanding, ride outstatnding, handling outstanding, safety outstanding,value far better than most products on the market. I have driven this vehicle in all types of climates and terrain it has performed above and beyond. The fuel economy 20 city/26 road needs inprovement.The 7year/100,000 warranty is great, tires batteries for life wonderful.

Suzkui xl-7

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki XL7 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 5A)

Excellent automobile in all catogories. I have driven this vehicle in the mountains, various types of terrain performance is excellent. Fuel usage is very good for an SUV, 24-26 on road, 21-22 city. Warranty 7 year standard 100,000 excellent, 3.6 V-6 outstanding. Standard options surpass all other brands. Safety is excellent. Tires, batteries for life is excellent.


Full 2007 Suzuki XL7 Review

What's New for 2007

The Suzuki XL7 has been redesigned for 2007. Compared to last year's model, the new one is larger, roomier, more comfortable and more powerful.


Introduced in 2001, the original Suzuki XL7 seven-passenger SUV was compact in dimensions and geared for people who didn't want the hassles and expense of a midsize and full-size sport-utility but still needed the option of third-row seating. Unfortunately, its truck-based design, claustrophobic second- and third-row seats, poor-quality interior pieces and lack of side-impact airbags soon relegated it to bit-player status among a growing and increasingly refined field of compact and midsize contenders.

Suzuki is making amends in 2007 with a completely redesigned second-generation XL7. Ten inches longer and 2 inches wider than before, it's the largest Suzuki SUV ever. Naturally, it's meant primarily for the North American market. In fact, much of its underlying mechanicals are based on a modified version of GM's midsize crossover SUV platform that's used for vehicles such as the Chevrolet Equinox.

The 2007 XL7's unibody structure helps to provide a carlike ride and better handling reflexes. With a new rack-and-pinion steering system and a four-wheel independent suspension (with load-leveling rear shocks on seven-passenger models), the XL7 has newfound comfort, confidence and capability when matched up against other leading midsize sport-utility vehicles. Some XL7 shoppers might be dismayed to learn that the new model lacks the previous one's off-road capability, but the new on-road bias is much more in line with typical buyer needs. Additionally, the '07 XL7's 252-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is a welcome replacement for the previous model's anemic 2.7-liter V6.

Overall, the new 2007 Suzuki XL7 is much improved and more competitive in just about every way. We think value-conscious shoppers will certainly want to give it consideration as an alternative to vehicles like the Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-9. That said, there are a few notable drawbacks, such as tight shoulder room and interior materials that don't quite meet the high standards set by other competitors. These issues become even more apparent when the XL7 is loaded up with options and its lead in value diminishes. If you're going to buy a Suzuki XL7, we'd advise you to stick with the base trim level for maximum value.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Suzuki XL7 is a well-equipped five- or seven-passenger midsize crossover SUV. Five-passenger XL7s are offered in base and Luxury trim levels, while seven-passenger models come in base, Luxury and Limited versions. Buyers have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive on all trim levels. Included on the base trim is a long list of standard features, including 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, automatic climate control, a six-speaker CD stereo, cruise control and full power accessories. Seven-seat base models also feature a load-leveling rear suspension, under-floor cargo storage and rear air-conditioning with separate controls. The upscale Luxury trim level adds 17-inch wheels, leather seating, wood-grain accents, a power driver seat, heated front seats and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. Both five- and seven-passenger Luxury models are eligible for an optional sunroof, but only the seven-passenger version can be equipped with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. For the XL7 Limited, Suzuki adds the DVD entertainment system, a selection of exterior trim upgrades, keyless startup and a premium audio system with satellite radio. The Limited's Platinum Touring Package replaces the entertainment system with the sunroof but adds a navigation system and special wheels.

Powertrains and Performance

The all-new Suzuki XL7 is motivated by a General Motors-derived 3.6-liter V6 producing 252 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Suzuki says zero to 60 mph takes fewer than 8 seconds and EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models and 17/23 for AWD XL7s. For those with toys to haul around, the XL7 has a 3,500-pound tow capacity.

The XL7's available all-wheel-drive system uses an electronically controlled rear differential that engages those wheels immediately when slippery conditions are encountered up front. While it can handle snow and ice and gentle dirt trails just fine, venturing far off the beaten path to rocky outcroppings is now best left to more focused off-road vehicles.


The 2007 Suzuki XL7 is equipped with antilock disc brakes, traction control and stability control with a rollover sensor. Additional safety features include side curtain airbags (for all three rows on seven-passenger XL7s) and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2007 XL7 is the largest, most comfortable Suzuki SUV ever built and offers a spacious, functional interior. The overall design looks modern, but the quality and fit and finish of some interior pieces is a little iffy. When it comes to head- and legroom, the XL7 measures within an inch of the Honda Pilot in all three rows. Shoulder room is a different story, however, as it's narrower than that of most other midsize crossovers. The 60/40 split-folding middle-row seats also tumble and fold, and the optional 50/50 split-folding third-row seat can be folded flat into the floor for additional cargo-carrying room; a fold-flat front-passenger seat enables the XL7 to carry longer items with ease. With the rear seats lowered, the vehicle has a maximum cargo capacity of 95.2 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

Although the 2007 Suzuki XL7's new V6 engine is significantly larger and more powerful than the engine in the previous-generation XL7, it also returns fuel economy equal to or better than its predecessor. On the highway, the XL7 delivers a quiet and comfortable ride, but soft suspension settings result in cornering performance that's hardly sporty. This won't be a problem for the majority of buyers, but if you do want a family SUV with a more athletic demeanor, you could always look at the CX-9 and Nissan Murano.


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