Vehicle Overview
Suzuki's XL7 is a car-based crossover sport utility vehicle that's available with front- or all-wheel drive and can have up to seven seats. The unibody platform is from General Motors. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Subaru Tribeca and Toyota Highlander.

There are four trim levels: Base, Premium, Luxury and Limited. For 2008, a backup camera is available on the Limited.

The XL7 is based on the Concept-X2 concept car from the 2005 New York auto show (which itself was based on the Concept-X from that year's Detroit show), with simpler, more conventional side mirrors, cleaner bodysides and a standard roof rack. Chrome twin tailpipes are standard. The base model's wheels measure 16 inches, and the other trim's are 17 inches. All are aluminum alloys.

The XL7 can be equipped with five seats in two rows or seven seats in three rows. Leather upholstery is optional. The interior is available with faux wood or satin nickel trim.

Options include a moonroof, a navigation system and a DVD entertainment system. Unfortunately, buyers can pick only the nav or the entertainment system; they can't have both.

Under the Hood
The XL7's engine is a 252-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 designed by GM and built by Suzuki. It teams with a five-speed automatic transmission with a clutchless manual mode. Suzuki predicts 16/22 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 15/22 mpg for all-wheel drive. Towing capacity is rated at 3,500 pounds.

The XL7 comes with side curtain airbags. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard, as is a tire pressure monitoring system.