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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset rating; "acceptable," side-impact rating
Five stars, all impact tests; four stars, rollover rating
rear roofline and small back window impede vision
In terms of safety, the 2009 Suzuki XL7 is near the top of its class.
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. The 2009 Suzuki XL7 earned five stars in all crash tests performed at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) except for rollover, in which it earned four.
According to Edmunds, Suzuki XL7 standard safety equipment includes "antilock brakes, stability control and traction control." Cars.com reports that the Suzuki XL7 also "comes with side curtain airbags [and] a tire pressure monitoring system."
Edmunds says that some Suzuki XL7 models "can be equipped with a parking camera displayed in the rearview mirror." This option is meant to counteract the lack of outward visibility. ConsumerGuide reports that this Suzuki 2009 vehicle's "rear roofline and small back window impede vision astern and to the right rear."
The 2009 Suzuki XL7 scores well in crash tests, save for a lower side-impact rating from the insurance industry’s testing group.