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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
Acceleration is plenty quick
ample power from any speed
On the highway, the XL7 delivers a quiet and comfortable ride
Steering is responsive, even on unpaved roads
Kelley Blue Book
According to the reviews consulted by TheCarConnection.com, the 2008 Suzuki XL7 is above average in terms of overall performance.
Cars.com reports that the Suzuki XL7's engine is a "252-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 designed by GM and built by Suzuki...towing capacity is rated at 3,500 pounds." According to ConsumerGuide, the Suzuki XL7 "has ample power from any speed, with little difference between 2WD and AWD versions." Autoblog remarks that "acceleration is plenty quick...[it] managed to sprint one through the quarter mile in 16 seconds flat, and they found 60 mph in 7.7 seconds."
Cars.com points out that the engine in the 2008 Suzuki XL7 "teams with a five-speed automatic transmission with a clutchless manual mode," which Autoblog says is "geared tall for fuel economy" and offers "serenity at speed." ConsumerGuide praises this transmission: "ultra-smooth automatic transmission kicks down promptly for swift passing, and it always seems to be in the right gear. Its manual shift gate is helpful in mountain driving."
ConsumerGuide also reports that in their tests, this Suzuki 2008 vehicle "averaged 16.6 mpg," and "uses regular-grade gas." FuelEconomy.gov cites official federal ratings of 15 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway in the all-wheel-drive version, and 16/22 mpg in the front-wheel-drive models.
There are few Suzuki XL7 handling issues to speak of; according to Kelley Blue Book, "steering is responsive, even on unpaved roads...[on a] severe washboard road there was, naturally, some shake and vibration but the XL7 Limited we tested ran straight and sure." On the other hand, ConsumerGuide notes "comfort-biased suspension means marked body lean that demands slow speeds when entering corners...steering has a numb, artificial feel, [and] a wide turning circle complicates close-quarters maneuvering." Autoblog acknowledges that "there's no mistaking this vehicle for a sports car," but contends "handling is competent without excessive roll, dive, or squat, and it clings well to the tarmac...steering is weighted nearly perfectly, if devoid of feedback, and the XL7 drives with solid composure." Edmunds also reports that "soft suspension settings result in cornering performance that's hardly sport."
The 2008 Suzuki XL7 has plenty of power for its class, though its handling won’t suit hotfoots.