Used 2009 Suzuki XL7

2009 Suzuki XL7
List Price Estimate
$3,109 - $4,504

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable price, lengthy standard equipment list, generous warranty coverage.
  • A few subpar interior materials, lackluster vehicle dynamics, tight shoulder room.
Suzuki XL7 years

Edmunds' Expert Review

While the 2009 Suzuki XL7 comes up a bit short in terms of driving dynamics and interior quality, it does offer a lengthy features list and a low price.

Vehicle overview

If Target were to sell a crossover SUV, we imagine it would be a lot like the 2009 Suzuki XL7. Like many of the non-brand-name products found in that popular store, whether it's a pair of blue jeans or kitchen accessories, the Suzuki XL7 offers solid quality and value along with some style. This Suzuki may not be the most prestigious or exciting choice, but it's hard to argue with getting a lot for your money.

Based on a stretched version of the platform found under the Chevy Equinox and Pontiac Torrent crossover twins, the XL7 boasts more room as well as a third-row seat. It also has distinctive styling and a muscular, 252-horsepower V6 engine designed by General Motors but built by Suzuki in Japan. This year also sees the debut of a six-speed automatic transmission that promises better performance and fuel efficiency compared to the previous five-speed auto.

As before, Suzuki's 2009 XL7 is also pleasant to drive and comes standard with a lot of upscale features -- even the lowest trim level boasts automatic climate control and a self-leveling rear suspension. Furthermore, although it's priced more like smaller crossovers, the XL7 is on the larger side in terms of passenger and cargo capacity.

When compared to top midsize or large crossover SUVs such as the Hyundai Veracruz, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander, the big Suzuki falls short. It's rather unremarkable to drive compared to the sporty Mazda and refined Highlander, and although build quality is respectable, some of the interior materials look and feel downmarket compared to the handsome Hyundai's. Overall, though, the 2009 Suzuki XL7 is worth a look for shoppers focused on value, what with its generous helping of standard features and long warranty coverage. Whether you're looking at a pair of jeans or a $26,000 SUV, value is difficult to ignore.

Suzuki XL7 models

The 2009 Suzuki XL7 is a midsize crossover SUV available in three trim levels: Premium, Luxury and Limited.

The Premium comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, an auto-leveling rear suspension, tinted windows, a third row seat, auto on/off headlamps, full power accessories, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control with rear controls, a trip computer and a six-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Luxury trim adds leather upholstery, a power driver seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sunroof and an in-dash six-CD changer.

The Limited adds 17-inch chrome wheels, foglamps, remote engine start, satellite radio, a premium Pioneer sound system and a touchscreen navigation system. Limited models can also be equipped with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system (in lieu of the sunroof) as well as a rear parking camera that's displayed in the rearview mirror.

2009 Highlights

For 2009, the Suzuki XL7's base trim has been dropped and the third-row seat is standard across the line. Boosting both fuel efficiency and performance, a six-speed automatic transmission also comes online for 2009.

Performance & mpg

The XL7 features a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 252 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. All trim levels are available with all-wheel drive.

In performance testing, last year's FWD XL7 went to 60 mph in a tidy 8.2 seconds; we'd expect the new six-speed automatic to be slightly quicker. Fuel economy estimates stand at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models, while the all-wheel-drive version rates 1 mpg less across the board.

Safety

The 2009 Suzuki XL7 comes standard with full-length side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, stability control and traction control. In government crash testing, it scored a perfect five stars in all frontal and side crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the XL7 its highest possible rating of "Good" in its frontal offset crash test and its second-highest rating of "Acceptable" in side impact crash testing.

Driving

The 2009 Suzuki XL7's V6 engine provides power and fuel economy on par with some of the big names in this increasingly competitive segment. 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 want a family SUV with a more engaging demeanor and can stretch your budget, consider the Mazda CX-9 or Nissan Murano.

Interior

The current XL7 is the largest, most comfortable SUV Suzuki has ever built. The interior is spacious and functional, though the quality of some interior pieces is a bit iffy, and we could live without the widely spaced window switches on the central console. When it comes to head- and legroom, the XL7 is quite accommodating. Shoulder room, though, is narrower than that of most other midsize crossovers.

The 60/40-split folding middle-row seats tumble and fold, and the 50/50-split third-row seat can be folded flat into the floor for additional cargo-carrying room. Also, a fold-flat front passenger seat enables the XL7 to carry longer items with ease. There are some missteps, however -- third-row access is cumbersome due to the tumble-and-fold second row, and the third-row seat's head restraints must be removed and stored before folding, an extra step many competing vehicles don't require. With the rear seats lowered, the XL7 has an impressive maximum cargo capacity of 95 cubic feet.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Suzuki XL7.

5 star reviews: 67%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 33%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 3 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

3.375 out of 5 stars, Why???
Adam,

I have a house in Colorado I use just about every long weekend or vacation I have. After years of renting a car and paying their fees, I decided to buy one. The idiot in me decided to buy a car over the internet and not test drive it. Unfortunately, it was the XL7. It had decent reviews online, a great warranty, it was cheap, and looked pretty good. But after 6,000, my thoughts have changed. The engine struggles around 65mph, and is full on panting at 70mph. The altitude may play a roll in this, but not that much. The car is put together well, but everything is a hard, hollow plastic. I get the MPG they say of around 17-19 Highway. Best Bet: if you are looking at a new car, get an Acadia

4.5 out of 5 stars, Safe!
MMoylan,

I've only had positive experiences with this vehicle. It had a good, higher powered engine that was fun to drive and could accelerate faster than most similarly priced SUVs. Very smooth ride and great traction even in snow. Felt like you were riding on a cloud! Stood out on the road with its unique lights and grill, too. Gas mileage left a little to be desired though. The main purpose of this review is to praise the safety of the vehicle though. The car was broadsided during a left turn directly in the drivers door by a sedan going over 50 mph. The side air bags and door impact frames absorbed the blow completely. We were thankfully able to walk away with no damage whatsoever.

4.75 out of 5 stars, A lot of vehicle for the money
JBeninger,

I found this vehicle rides like a car and is very comfortable. I tow a 21'boat on a tandem trailer and love the self leveling shocks. The all wheel drive coupled with the manual shift feature covers a wide range of driving situations. The seven year 100,000 mile power train warranty provides long time peace of mind. The automatic ac works beautifully and was an extra not expected in a vehicle of this price. The ride and responsiveness is a joy and pleasure. One negative is the rear hatch visibility but I find the excellent side view mirrors make up for it.

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Features & Specs

Luxury 4dr SUV features & specs
Luxury 4dr SUV
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
252 hp @ 6400 rpm

Premium 4dr SUV features & specs
Premium 4dr SUV
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
252 hp @ 6500 rpm

Luxury 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
252 hp @ 6400 rpm

Premium 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Premium 4dr SUV AWD
3.6L 6cyl 6A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
252 hp @ 6400 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Acceptable
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Marginal
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

FAQ

Is the Suzuki XL7 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2009 XL7 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Suzuki XL7 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the XL7 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 19 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the XL7 has 14.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Suzuki XL7. Learn more

Is the Suzuki XL7 reliable?

To determine whether the Suzuki XL7 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the XL7. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the XL7's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2009 Suzuki XL7 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2009 Suzuki XL7 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2009 XL7 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2009 Suzuki XL7?

The least-expensive 2009 Suzuki XL7 is the 2009 Suzuki XL7 Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,745.

Other versions include:

  • Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $27,429
  • Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $25,745
  • Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $29,079
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $27,395
  • Limited 4dr SUV w/Navigation (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $28,280
  • Limited 4dr SUV w/Navigation, DVD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $28,580
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $29,930
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation, DVD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,230
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What are the different models of Suzuki XL7?

If you're interested in the Suzuki XL7, the next question is, which XL7 model is right for you? XL7 variants include Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of XL7 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2009 Suzuki XL7

Used 2009 Suzuki XL7 Overview

The Used 2009 Suzuki XL7 is offered in the following submodels: XL7 SUV. Available styles include Luxury 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV w/Navigation (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV w/Navigation, DVD (3.6L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation, DVD (3.6L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2009 Suzuki XL7?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2009 Suzuki XL7 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2009 XL7 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2009 XL7.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2009 Suzuki XL7 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2009 XL7 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2009 Suzuki XL7?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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