2004 Suzuki XL7

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Suzuki XL7. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG:
    19-20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    185-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Seating:
    5-7 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Easy to drive
  • Automatic-transmission behavior
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Front-seat space
  • Maneuverability

The Bad

  • Rear-seat space
  • Rear visibility
  • Uncertain reliability record
  • Noise

Notable Features of the 2004 Suzuki XL7

  • Five- or seven-passenger seating
  • 185-hp V-6
  • New five-speed automatic
  • New Drive-Select 4WD

2004 Suzuki XL7 Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Introduced during the 2001 model year and badged as the Grand Vitara XL-7, Suzuki’s largest sport utility vehicle later adopted the XL-7 designation in order to draw a distinction between it and the automaker’s smaller Grand Vitara. The XL-7 name denotes the vehicle’s ability to hold seven people; in contrast, the Grand Vitara seats only five occupants. The standard XL-7 seats five people, but higher trim models hold seven.

For 2004, the XL-7 gets a new five-speed-automatic transmission. New Drive-Select push-button-operated four-wheel drive can be shifted on the fly. Four models are offered for 2004: LX, LX III with seven-passenger seating, upscale EX and seven-passenger EX III. Heated seats are available in EX models equipped with four-wheel drive.

General Motors owns a stake in Suzuki. Unlike the Vitara V6 and Grand Vitara, which have a Chevrolet equivalent, the XL-7 is not shared with any GM division.

Exterior
It’s easy to see the family resemblance between the XL-7 and Grand Vitara. At 110.2 inches, the XL-7’s wheelbase is more than a foot longer than the Grand Vitara’s, and the XL-7’s overall length is 19 inches greater at 183.6 inches. Both models are about the same height. Like other Suzuki SUVs, the XL-7 is built on a truck chassis. Its side-hinged tailgate opens to the right, and all models have 16-inch wheels.

Interior
Seven seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. The XL-7 has two front bucket seats, a three...
Vehicle Overview
Introduced during the 2001 model year and badged as the Grand Vitara XL-7, Suzuki’s largest sport utility vehicle later adopted the XL-7 designation in order to draw a distinction between it and the automaker’s smaller Grand Vitara. The XL-7 name denotes the vehicle’s ability to hold seven people; in contrast, the Grand Vitara seats only five occupants. The standard XL-7 seats five people, but higher trim models hold seven.

For 2004, the XL-7 gets a new five-speed-automatic transmission. New Drive-Select push-button-operated four-wheel drive can be shifted on the fly. Four models are offered for 2004: LX, LX III with seven-passenger seating, upscale EX and seven-passenger EX III. Heated seats are available in EX models equipped with four-wheel drive.

General Motors owns a stake in Suzuki. Unlike the Vitara V6 and Grand Vitara, which have a Chevrolet equivalent, the XL-7 is not shared with any GM division.

Exterior
It’s easy to see the family resemblance between the XL-7 and Grand Vitara. At 110.2 inches, the XL-7’s wheelbase is more than a foot longer than the Grand Vitara’s, and the XL-7’s overall length is 19 inches greater at 183.6 inches. Both models are about the same height. Like other Suzuki SUVs, the XL-7 is built on a truck chassis. Its side-hinged tailgate opens to the right, and all models have 16-inch wheels.

Interior
Seven seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. The XL-7 has two front bucket seats, a three-place bench in the center and a split, folding rear seat that holds two. The middle and rear seats fold down but are not removable. Five-passenger models lack the third-row seat. Cargo capacity is 75 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.

All XL-7 models have automatic-temperature air conditioning with micron air filtration, an in-dash CD player with seven speakers and a subwoofer, remote keyless entry with a panic button, heated mirrors, and power windows and locks. Options include leather seating surfaces, a power sunroof, cruise control and a six-CD changer.

Under the Hood
Offered with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, the XL-7 carries a 2.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 185 horsepower. A new five-speed-automatic transmission and a five-speed-manual gearbox are available. Equipped with a Low range, the four-wheel-drive system must be disengaged on dry pavement.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard or optional, depending on the model. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
The XL-7’s performance is eager but not startling, and Suzuki’s automatic transmission yields quick, crisp shifts. This SUV maneuvers easily through corners and curves. A bit of body roll is evident, but not to a troubling degree. The XL-7’s ride quality scores just above the SUV norm, but you do notice nearly all pavement imperfections.

Front-seat occupants get plenty of space, but the second row is short on legroom and would be a squeeze for three occupants. There’s only a narrow rear cargo shelf when the third-row seat is in place. Looking into the inside rearview mirror, the second- and third-row headrests can be more distracting than the protruding spare tire.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.3)
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(4.9)
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(5.0)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Perfect for family

by Taha on May 13, 2018

Excellent make. There is no body-on-frame SUVs of the same class and capabilities nowadays. If Suzuki only improve front look to more aggressive, add modern interior stuff and differential locks it ... Read full review

(4.0)

Never broke down

by Shaneknap69 from Blanchard ok on March 6, 2018

Top five cars I’ve ever owned And I’ve owned many news and used and love tha color they used silver is awesome and4x 4 works great Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Suzuki XL7 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Suzuki XL7 has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XL7 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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