2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 Review
The long and short of it.
Suzuki has been building SUVs for the American market for a long time, and the inclusion of the third-row seat in the XL-7 makes a lot of sense. Without it, this would be just another SUV. The XL-7 is a decent alternative to a minivan or for a small family with a couple of kids who are too big for safety seats but not big enough to complain about being cramped in the way-back" seats.
The XL-7's part-time four-wheel-drive system works well when traveling off road, but doesn't offer the handling benefits on slippery roads of a full-time all-wheel-drive system.
Suzuki's XL-7 has the looks and off-road capability of a genuine sport-utility. And it's available at a good price. It'll fit in your garage, and just may fit in your budget."
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||2WD Standard ($19,799), Plus ($21,299), Touring ($23,299), Limited (NA); 4WD Standard ($20,999), Plus ($22,499), Touring ($23,499), Limited (NA)|
|Engines:||2.7-liter dohc 24v V6|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||dual airbags, three-point front and rear outboard seat belts, two-point rear center belt standard; ABS optional|
|Safety Equipment (optional):|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Hamamatsu, Japan|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||Touring ($23,499)|
|Standard Equipment:||(Touring) air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, cruise control, rear window wiper/washer, third-row seating; Touring adds antilock brakes, rear air conditioning, AM/FM/cassette/CD, aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, power glass moonroof, rear spoiler|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||automatic transmission ($1000); floor mats ($95)|
|Gas Guzzler Tax:|
|Price as tested (MSRP)||25094|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||170 @ 5500|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||178 @ 4000|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||17/20|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||40.0/50.7/41.4|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||39.2/50.6/36.4|
|Suspension, r:||solid axle|
|Brakes, f/r:||ventilated disc/drum ABS|
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