2009 Suzuki XL7 vs. Its Competition

2009 Suzuki XL7 Premium

The 2009 Suzuki XL7 is part of a growing class of crossover utility vehicles that stretch between compact and mid-size, and that feature a small third-row seat good for small children only—but nevertheless expands passenger capacity to seven.

The XL7's engine, a 3.6-liter V-6 made by Suzuki in Japan, is especially smooth.

The Santa Fe, Outlander, and RAV4 all offer more economical four-cylinder engines, but in the Santa Fe and Outlander, the four-cylinder is only available with the five-passenger layout.

The Outlander and Tribeca feel much sportier behind the wheel, even though they boast similar amounts of power for hauling their weight around.

The third-row seat in the XL7 is more useful than the extremely pinched units in the Outlander and Tribeca, but comparable to that in the RAV4.

In relation to these other vehicles, the XL7 has perhaps the softest, most comfortable ride, while still allowing decent handling.

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Quick Specs
7.8
A major redesign in 2007 transformed the Suzuki XL7 into a modern mid-size crossover with available seven-passenger seating. For 2009 the XL7 gains a six-speed automatic transmission that helps deliver an almost 10 percent increase in fuel economy.
8.2
Hyundai is no longer bargain-basement-priced, but the hard-to-fault 2008 Santa Fe has all the refinement of comparable rivals with a little more flair.
8.2
Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the updated 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle--and one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers.
8.2
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
$25,595$21,495$19,990$29,995$21,500
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas 6-cylGas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door PremiumFWD 4-Door Manual GLS2WD 4-Door ES4-Door 5-PassFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
75555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4-Door4 Door Sport Utility4-Door Wagon4 Door4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticManualNAAutomaticAutomatic w/OD