2007 Suzuki SX4 and XL7 Pricing Now In

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Suzuki just announced pricing for its new SX4 compact car and XL7 midsize crossover. The SX4 is an all-new four-door hatchback with all-wheel drive and starts at $14,999. The XL7 is redesigned for 2007 and starts at $22,899. The car-based SUV will hit showrooms later this fall, but the SX4 is arriving at dealerships now.

The company’s press release says the SX4 is the most affordable all-wheel-drive car in its segment, but right now we can’t find a single AWD vehicle in our database that starts for less. The SX4 has a 143-hp four-cylinder engine and includes standard side-impact and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels and power windows. There’s also a Sport trim that adds traction and stability control, cruise control, a more powerful stereo and exterior enhancements for a starting MSRP of $16,399. Mileage comes in at 23/28 mpg city/highway for the manual transmission and 24/30 mpg for the automatic. That might not be as high as other compacts, but the assurance of an all-wheel-drive system also means lesser fuel economy.

We haven’t driven a SX4 yet, but after years of dissecting press releases it looks loaded to us. Hopefully the driving experience will live up to the impressive specs.

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The 2007 XL7 is another midsize SUV joining an already crowded field. Here Suzuki may have a tougher time competing. But the vehicle is good-looking and features a 243-hp V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission standard. Mileage is rated at 18/24 mpg city/highway. Again, Suzuki loads up the standard safety features with side curtain airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, antilock brakes, and stability and traction control. There are three trim levels: base, Luxury and Limited. Limited and Touring add more features for slightly higher price tags.

We’ll keep you posted as soon as we get either 2007 Suzuki in for review.

SX4 Photos

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XL7 Photos

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