2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 Program #2026 |MotorWeek

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2001 Grand Vitara XL-7 #2026

Episode 2026

It was in when most Americans got first look at the Suzuki But, it wasn#8217;t on a car. It was on the gas of a motorcycle. But the bikes were a big success here that suzuki set their sights on wheels.

And in 1985 they the U.S. auto market, they quickly earned a for making dependable and affordable cars and tough little Why their V-6 Grand Vitara earned our MotorWeek Drivers#8217; Award. Well, now success has suzuki to try for the really big time ö size sport-utes.

And the gleam in eye this time is called

Actually, its full name is the Suzuki Grand Vitara . But it#8217;s much more the vehicle that we#8217;ve as the Grand Vitara mini-ute for the two years, 19.1-inches more to be with over a foot of being wheelbase, now measuring Which is 4.3-inches longer that of the mid-size Jeep Cherokee.

Yet the XL-7 retains the Grand Vitara#8217;s parking-lot-friendly width.

This translates a front cockpit with the same dimensions as that of its sibling, but with a higher of standard features. Including air cruise control, tilt and a full complement of power

Front seating is standard Vitara too. They#8217;re padded, but too short for folks long thighs. They a set of large, clear gauges and an dash.

But we would swap positions for the and vent modules, whose controls do seem a little

Things are much more up to in the rear seat, however. The wheelbase increases leg room by a 6-inches. And the split bench can slide forward to make room for third seat

That#8217;s right, third a split folding bench. only big enough for kids, but also the only one available in the SUV segment. With the third row in place there#8217;s only 6.6 feet of cargo space. But it down, and it expands to 37 cubic albeit with a sloping

Flip the second row down, and you get 73 We#8217;ll pass, however, on the rear door, that curb-side loading difficult.

To all this around, Suzuki has the XL7 with a standard 2.7-liter V6 A larger version of the Grand V6, this dual-overhead-cam, 24-valve makes 170 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of XL-7 transmissions include a manual and a 4-speed automatic. And available with a rugged, on the fly, part-time 4-wheel-drive

It includes low range, something most compact competitors offer.

The body-on-frame XL7 also has of ground clearance, making it a off- roader, not a boxy car. And one that gets the road quite well,

With an automatic, 0 to 60 takes 9.4 With a 1/4 mile time of seconds at 78 miles-per-hour.

Compared to the Grand Vitara V-6, the off-line grunt is much The gearing seems perfect to use ounce of smooth power, and use it enough to trailer tow 3,000 The XL-7 can also be towed behind a motor home.

use for our 4-wheel-drive automatic XL-7 is EPA at 17 city/20 highway. We averaged 18 in mixed driving. No surprises

If not surprised, we were pleased stops. Average distance 60 was an arrow straight 111 feet. Our XL-7 included standard ABS discs and rear drums.

Both nose dive and feedback were moderate.

In driving, the XL-7 is also easy to live with. The is quite comfortable, even on roads. While the front strut, and rear 5-link suspension, give it the same feel as its car-based Honda and competitors.

But while it may offer a lot standard features too, just as easy to pay for. price for a 2-wheel-drive Suzuki Vitara XL-7 is $20,299. If you 4-wheel-drive, the price rises to

Now options and plusher trim push prices up from but that#8217;s a remarkably low entry for a V6 powered, body-on-frame sport-ute. one that offers third row

As our friends at AMI Auto World said, #8220;The only is that those (other passenger) vehicles cost bucks. The less expensive with sticker prices $25,000, still carry five passengers. That is, now.#8221;

The 2001 Suzuki Vitara XL-7 represents big step forward for a company first caught the attention of buyers with its tiny And as Suzuki moves into the family SUV segment, proves in no small way it has what it takes to in the big four-wheel leagues.

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