2009 Suzuki XL7 AWD

The XL7 is a perfectly adequate crossover in the same way an Equator is a perfectly adequate truck. The XL7 isn't a very luxurious vehicle, but it does everything most families will need and the price can be quite reasonable.

The XL7 is basically a reskinned Chevrolet Equinox, similar to the Equator which is a reskinned Nissan Frontier. And that means a lot of the important parts on the crossover are quite decent. The engine is strong enough, though the transmission is very slow to downshift. There is a basic radio/CD player that's easy to use and most of the other switchgear is straight from General Motors. As a package, it isn't anything stellar, but it's perfectly acceptable for those who just need to commute and haul a family around.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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