2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 Review

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2005 Suzuki Grand XL-7 Review



When first introduced the Grand I thought it was a pretty good small SUV. Then the Japanese automaker decided to go for a image and introduced the Grand XL-7. This not only 12.6 inches to the wheelbase and 23 in overall length, it also the vehicle into the mid-size SUV

Now I don’t want to argue Suzuki or the EPA, but the Grand isn’t in the same size as the Ford Explorer or Chevy for example. At least it doesn’t that way. Those two wheelbases that are about inches longer and cargo that’s a lot more as well.

So the XL-7 is in its own class. Size it compares more with the Grand Cherokee and Toyota But it has certain luxury fittings refine it to a certain degree it still retains its small-car You can configure the inside to make it a of a ton (not literally) of stuff, it still retains the small-car

Suzuki claims that the will tote as much as 75 feet of cargo, almost 25 than in the Grand Vitara.

We felt there was good space behind the second-row for the grocery bags and small we carried. If we had larger stuff to the XL-7 could have Lowering the second-row seat, is a challenge, but once it’s there is a goodly amount of

The rear door, with the tire mounted, opens from streetside, which we think was a problem.

The XL-7 can seven passengers in EX III form, five for the Grand Vitara. We the EX, which was set up for five passengers. the three passengers sitting in the seat aren’t going to you for placing them back unless they’re children. But if the designated driver and you’re to the local restaurant for lunch, you can a couple of extra passengers so you have to take one vehicle.

And if you’re carrying children, the seat is excellent for car seats.

I driving the XL-7 after a in the Suzuki Aerio, which is a economy vehicle. So the XL-7 at glance was a luxury car. is tasteful wood trim all the cockpit, and the added size it feel like a limousine. By the end of the though, the sense of the XL-7 was in keeping with the real But that ain’t bad folks.

The 2.7-liter V6 in the XL-7 was rated at 185 This was enough oomph for the even when tied to a automatic transmission. The engine overly noisy, and the gearbox to find the correct gear a lot of searching. Economy was EPA-rated at 17 mpg mpg highway.

This is fairly but don’t forget that the has a tall aspect ratio cuts down on fuel

The XL-7 has a MacPherson strut suspension and a five-link rear which gave the vehicle handling over twisty as well as Interstates. Actually, the XL-7 is smaller than the the handling tended to be sprightlier. We had a driver version that us in rainy weather.

I still know if I’d try the XL-7 on a off-road trail, but for the driving 90 percent of 4-wheel drive owners do, it’s fine.

All the in the XL-7 was standard. This ABS, drive-select pushbutton 6-disc CD/AM/FM audio cruise control, tilt wheel with remote controls, heated front leather seating surfaces, wheels, remote keyless power windows and locks, remote mirrors, power sunroof, and a tire pressure system.

Suzuki has always offered value for the dollar. In the XL-7 you get a SUV for less than you’d pay for of the competition. You won’t get a luxury despite my first impressions, but you get a vehicle that can do the job in an economical

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