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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Five stars, all impact tests; four stars, rollover rating
Good," frontal offset rating; "acceptable," side impact rating
has performed well
rear roofline and small back window impede vision
The 2008 Suzuki XL7 has adequate scores in crash tests; it earned five stars in all crash tests performed at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) except for rollover, in which it earned four. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the XL7 top ratings in its frontal offset test and the second-highest 'Acceptable' rating in side-impact crash testing--otherwise respectable, but in a class populated by many vehicles getting straight 'Good' ratings.
Cars.com reports that the Suzuki XL7 "comes with side curtain airbags [and] a tire pressure monitoring system." According to Edmunds, additional Suzuki XL7 standard safety equipment includes "antilock brakes, stability control and traction control."
The lack of outward visibility is another potential safety issue. ConsumerGuide reports that this Suzuki 2008 vehicle's "rear roofline and small back window impede vision astern and to the right rear." However, Edmunds says that some Suzuki XL7 models "can be equipped with a parking camera displayed in the rearview mirror."
With good but not stellar crash-test ratings, the 2008 Suzuki XL7 ranks in the middle of its class.