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Pros: Heated outside mirrors & seats
Cons: Gas mileage
Advice: Take one out for a test drive, you'll be impressed.Purchased my XL-7 EX October 2003. I drove just about any SUV available on the market and was leaning towards a Mercury Mountaineer until I saw an '04 Red XL-7 on the mall concourse. I had to walk around it twice I was so impressed. Within 2 weeks I was driving my red XL-7. This vehicle is clearly under rated by the critics. I can't believe the options included on the EX model. I love coming out on a cold morning to heated leather seats and heated outside mirrors. It's been over a year since my purchase and I still love this SUV!
Pros: Third row seat
Cons: Fuel Economy not great 19mpg + or -
Advice: Get a year end model with the good Suzuki rebates.I bought a new 2004 XL-7 4wd model. 1st of all, the price and available rebates made this vehicle very affordable compared to other brands. The XL-7 exhibits good detail in its fit and finish. There are no squeeks or rattles, the seats are very comfortable, and the controls are excellent and high quality. The XL-7 drives a little stiff which is typical of a small Japanese SUV. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing..as the whole car is just very tight. It is quiet on the road, and handles great. I could not be happier with my purchase. If I could make one wish would be that Suzuki offer this model with a strong 4cyl engine that would boost its fuel efficieny.
Pros: All features that come with the EX III trim.
Cons: No power driver seat, no space for CDs, or change holder
Advice: Make sure you test drive this car. Main reason we bought was the test driveTest drove with spouse, newborn, 6 year old, stroller and we fit. For a family of four this car was a perfect fit. We already own a Ford Expedition but needed something smaller for work and to get around town. We still travel with Expedition.
Pros: Climate controlled air and rear air
Advice: This vehicle is not well known. But I think it is a great price and a great ride.Very smoothe ride.It handled very well. More room and nicer interior than expected.
Pros: Climate control and rear air-ducts, road handling, stability
Cons: Interior space
Advice: Go for it, especially if u get a good deal ( better pricing than competitors)Very smooth and stable on the road. Steering control is excellent. Great value for money. Drawbacks: Ordinary looks, does not handle minor road bumps very well.