• (4.5) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $838–$5,646
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 170-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 7
2001 Suzuki XL7

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Vehicle Overview
Suzuki is one of the smaller Japanese manufacturers, and it specializes in small cars and sport utility vehicles. Suzuki plans to move up in size in December when it introduces the XL-7, a new SUV based on the Grand Vitara but with considerably larger dimensions.

When Suzuki showed the concept version of this vehicle at the 2000 Detroit auto show, it was called the XL6. Suzuki squeezed another seat into the middle row, and now it is called XL-7. Suzuki has released few details about the XL-7, which is built on a truck chassis.

General Motors owns a stake in Suzuki, and the two companies share vehicles and components, including the design for the Grand Vitara. However, Suzuki says it has no plans to share the XL-7 with GM.

Styling on the XL-7 bears a family resemblance to the Grand Vitara, but the concept vehicle had a larger grille, a front bumper and fender flares. The XL-7’s 110-inch wheelbase is 12 inches longer than the Grand Vitara’s, and the overall length of 182 is 17 inches greater. The XL-7 also is nearly 2 inches wider at 72.

Like the Grand Vitara, the XL-7 has a side-hinged tailgate that opens to the right.

The seven seats (two more than the Grand Vitara) are arranged 2-3-2 front to rear. The middle seat and split rear seat fold for extra cargo space but are not removable. The concept vehicle had leather upholstery, a feature expected to be available on the production model.

Under the Hood
The XL-7 will have a larger version of the 2.5-liter V-6 engine used in the Grand Vitara, though Suzuki hasn’t disclosed the displacement or horsepower. Two- and four-wheel-drive models will be available.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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by Ole reliable from Houston Texas on August 5, 2016

Bought new in Oct 2001. Just rolled past 300,000 miles. In repair shop once for A/c (500 repair) 2.7 L Suzuki motor is bullet proof still has original plugs just checked and still good Best car I have... Read Full Review

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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