What We Drove
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion -- Blackett
Half-baked is only good when you’re talking about cookies or Mom’s brownies. If it’s the way one describes your redesigned crossover, there’s trouble. That’s what I was thinking when driving the 2007 XL7, specifically our front-wheel-drive Limited tester with its $30,000-plus price. Even with a killer warranty that’s a lofty sum for a Suzuki, especially an example with inferior leather, ponderous steering, a cacophony of suspension noises conjuring up thoughts of a 70,000-mile rental car, and interior panels that look as though they’d been plucked from a Revell model car kit. The powertrain offers some serious snap, but is accompanied by a tiring droning sound. What irks me is that I know Suzuki can produce a better product than this (SX4).
2nd Opinion -- Wardlaw
Because it is based on unremarkable General Motors components, because it lacks polish and refinement, and because it drives exactly like a minivan with less useful passenger doors and a smaller third-row back seat, the comfortable but ultimately unimpressive Suzuki XL7 saved me from two speeding tickets. Crossing a local Naval Armory on a limited-access four-lane highway, a California Highway Patrol car emerged from the glare of the setting sun. Panic set in as I let off the accelerator and looked at the speedometer. Huh. Exactly 55 mph, the posted speed limit. Felt like I was going faster than that. Ditto the next morning, where a cop lurked behind a Pacific Coast Highway gas station. Thanks, Suzuki.