By Al Vinikour
Your first thought when shopping a crossover might not be Suzuki. It’s one of the few brands known more for its name than its vehicles (what exactly is a Forenza, anyway?). And even then, the Suzuki most of us know has two wheels and a 200-mph top end.
may change after a first drive of the new XL7. Suzuki doesn’t have the cachet of
a Honda or a
And then there’s the trump card — a seven-year, 100,000-mile, fully transferable warranty, nearly the best in the industry in time and miles.
Forget the former
The new XL7 isn’t what you remember from years past. Instead of a truck-based vehicle with rugged four-wheel drive (the last XL-7 was a stretched Grand Vitara, after all), the new version is longer, wider, and offers more seats and more power. Essentially, it’s a version of the Chevrolet Equinox crossover, but with one important difference other than style — the engine.