Woman at the Wheel - Suzuki XL7

Valencia Mohammed | 1/23/2009, 3:47 p.m.

The Most Comfortable Suzuki SUV Ever Built

While American cars have taken a huge blow with less and less buyers taking advantage of some very lucrative deals, foreign-made vehicles continue to pump out some mean competition, hoping to catch the eye of consumers. In its second model year, Suzuki€s XL7 has dramatically broadened the audience for what remains Suzuki€s largest SUV. With a powerful 3.6-liter V6, available seating for seven and more convenience and luxury features than its predecessor, the XL7 hits the sweet spot in the ultra-competitive, midsize SUV segment.
Under the hood, the Suzuki XL7 has a 3.6-liter, 24-valve V6. With variable valve timing, it delivers 252 horsepower and 243 lb.-ft. of torque. Assembled by Suzuki in Japan, this modern V6 applies many advanced engine technologies, from state-of-the-art casting processes to full four-cam phasing to ultra-fast data processing and torque-based engine management to provide maximum durability with minimal maintenance.

New for 2008, the XL7 also offers a remote start system as a standard feature on top-of-the-line XL7 Limited models (formerly part of the Platinum Touring edition only). This system €" which operates from as far as 60 meters (nearly 200 feet) €" not only starts the vehicle via fob activation, but starts the climate control system €" and, if temperatures are below 41 degrees F €" turns on the driver€s seat heater.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded its highest safety ratings to the 2008 XL7 for protection of the driver and passenger in case of a front impact, and of all outboards passengers during side impacts: five-star ratings in all cases. Standard safety features include driver and front-passenger advanced airbags and side-curtain airbags, three-point seatbelts with load limiters in all passenger seating positions, front seat belt pretensioners, child-seat lower anchor and tethers for children, low front bumpers for optimum safety in the event of a collision with an automobile, and a tire pressure monitoring system, and engine immobilizer.

Additional standard features include five-speed automatic transmission, remote keyless entry, power windows, locks and mirrors, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, trip computer with driver information center, auto on/off headlamps, black roof rails, 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, overhead storage compartment, air conditioning with automatic climate control and AM/FM/CD stereo system with six speakers.

The 2008 Suzuki XL7 is the largest, most comfortable Suzuki SUV ever built. It offers the driver and passengers a spacious, functional interior that provides upscale sophistication and refinement. The third-row seat delivers seven-passenger capability and real comfort.

For convenience, it offers touch-screen navigation, DVD entertainment and ample storage consoles, the interior of the 2008 Suzuki XL7 features upscale wood appliqus on the instrument panel and doors, chrome accents throughout and matte black, low-gloss dash and door upper surfaces. The manufacturer€s suggested retail price is $21,349 plus $650 destination and handling. The 2008 Suzuki XL7 offers 16 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.