• (4.2) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,145–$10,145
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 252-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2008 Suzuki XL7

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Suzuki XL7

What We Don't Like

  • Small rear windows limit visibility
  • Headache-inducing new-car smell
  • Second-row seats don't slide fore/aft
  • No power front passenger seat

Notable Features

  • Up to seven seats
  • Standard stability system
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Optional remote starter
  • FWD or AWD

2008 Suzuki XL7 Reviews

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.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 19 reviews

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worst car ever

by omaraztec from bristol tn on July 10, 2017

I had the 3 timing chains replace and now the oip has metal fracments .very poor quality my power steering makes some awful noise .and the belt keeps lookig and cousing the ac to not work or the alter... Read Full Review

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2008 Suzuki XL7 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Suzuki XL7 Base 5 Passenger


IIHS Ratings

Based on Suzuki XL7 Base 5 Passenger

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Suzuki XL7 Base 5 Passenger

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Suzuki XL7 Base 5 Passenger

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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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