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By Al Vinikour
Go icon Great V-6 engine,
available all-wheel drive, huge warranty.
Slow icon Flexible
means dragging more people along with you.
Stop icon Suzuki
cachet not yet
up there with Toyota and Honda.
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.