2008 Suzuki XL7 vs. Its Competition

2008 Suzuki XL7
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Suzuki XL7 is part of a growing class of crossover utility vehicles that stretch between compact and mid-size, and feature a small third-row seat that’s only good for small children—but nevertheless expands passenger capacity to seven.

The third-row seat in the XL7 is more useful than the extremely pinched ones in the Outlander and Tribeca, but comparable to that in the RAV4.

Compared to these other vehicles, the XL7 has what’s perhaps the softest, most comfortable ride, while still allowing decent handling.

The Outlander and Tribeca feel much sportier behind the wheel, even though the amount of power they have to haul their weight around is similar.

The XL7’s engine, a 3.6-liter V-6 made by Suzuki in Japan, is especially smooth.

The Santa Fe, Outlander, and RAV4 all offer more economical four-cylinder engines, but in the Santa Fe and Outlander the four-cylinder is only offered with the five-passenger layout.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Suzuki XL7 should be especially appealing to families who want a roomy vehicle with a small third-row seat for occasional use but don’t want to pay the higher sticker price or extra fuel expenses of larger SUVs.
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The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
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MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas 6-cylGas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door Manual GLS2WD 4-Door ES4-Door 5-PassFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door4 Door Sport Utility4-Door Wagon4 Door4 Door
AutomaticManualNAAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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