The 2009 Suzuki XL7 is part of a growing class of crossover utility vehicles that stretch between compact and mid-size, and that feature a small third-row seat good for small children only—but nevertheless expands passenger capacity to seven.
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 available with the five-passenger layout.
The Outlander and Tribeca feel much sportier behind the wheel, even though they boast similar amounts of power for hauling their weight around.
The third-row seat in the XL7 is more useful than the extremely pinched units in the Outlander and Tribeca, but comparable to that in the RAV4.
In relation to these other vehicles, the XL7 has perhaps the softest, most comfortable ride, while still allowing decent handling.
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|2009 Suzuki XL7Browse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai Santa FeBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mitsubishi OutlanderBrowse Used Listings||2008 Subaru TribecaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas 6-cyl||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Premium||FWD 4-Door Manual GLS||2WD 4-Door ES||4-Door 5-Pass||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4-Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4-Door Wagon||4 Door||4 Door|
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|2009 Suzuki XL7 vs. 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe||2009 Suzuki XL7 vs. 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander||2009 Suzuki XL7 vs. 2008 Subaru Tribeca||2009 Suzuki XL7 vs. 2008 Toyota RAV4|