• (4.2) 8 reviews
  • Available Prices: $2,304–$7,608
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-20
  • Engine: 185-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2006 Suzuki XL7

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Suzuki XL7

What We Don't Like

  • Rear-seat space
  • Rear visibility
  • Uncertain reliability record
  • Engine and road noise
  • Fair resale value

Notable Features

  • Five- or seven-passenger seating
  • 185-hp V-6
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Newly standard ABS
  • Available DriveSelect 4WD

2006 Suzuki XL7 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Launched during the 2001 model year and initially named Grand Vitara XL-7, Suzuki's largest sport utility vehicle later adopted only the XL-7 designation to differentiate it from 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. Seven-passenger seating is actually optional; standard seating is for five.

For 2004, the XL-7 got a new five-speed-automatic transmission, and new DriveSelect push-button-operated four-wheel drive could be shifted on the fly. Suzuki has adopted a simplified model strategy for 2006. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are newly standard, and the CD/MP3 radio is XM Satellite Radio-ready.

General Motors owns a stake in Suzuki, but the XL-7 platform isn't shared with any GM division.

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 pre-2006 Grand Vitara's, and the XL-7's overall length is 23 inches greater at 187.4 inches. Ground clearance is 7.6 inches.

Like other SUVs in Suzuki's lineup, the XL-7 is built with body-on-frame construction on a truck chassis. Its side-hinged tailgate opens to the right, and all models have 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Roof rails, a fuel-tank skid plate and a hard spare-tire cover are included.

Seven-passenger XL-7s have two front bucket seats, a three-place 60/40-split bench in the center and a 50/50-split, folding rear seat that holds two. Five-passenger models lack the third-row seat. The middle and rear seats fold down but aren't removable. Cargo capacity is 75.1 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.

All XL-7 models have automatic-temperature air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, an overhead storage console, heated power mirrors, and power windows and locks. Suzuki's Premium Package for the seven-passenger model adds leather seating surfaces, a six-CD changer with seven speakers, fog lamps, running boards and a power moonroof.

Under the Hood
Offered with either rear- or four-wheel drive, the XL-7 carries a 2.7-liter V-6 that produces 185 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque; it teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. The available DriveSelect four-wheel-drive system incorporates a Low range.

Antilock brakes and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are included. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
The XL-7's performance is eager but not astonishing, and Suzuki's automatic transmission yields quick, crisp shifts. This SUV maneuvers easily through corners and curves, though a little body roll is evident. 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. When looking into the inside rearview mirror, the second- and third-row headrests can be more distracting than the protruding spare tire.

Consumer Reviews


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good suv for the size

by jeanette gem from florence, oregon on August 22, 2017

i have owned this gem for 8 years and bought it 2 years old 21000 miles . it now has 101000 miles and gets me all over jn good weather or bad. portland, or. to utah and all the way to san diego, ca.... Read Full Review

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