I only put about 8 miles on the XL-7 it wasn't as bad as I anticipated given its Chevy Equinox origins. The Equinox isn't one of GM's newer, more impressive offerings. I was surprised to see a redline marking on the tach past 7000 RPM though I didn't get a chance to run the engine up that high. The ride and handling during slow, city driving was fine and only disappointment that stood out was a slow shifting automatic transmission. As Phil stated above, it's interesting that two of Suzuki's "truck" offerings are based on products built by two different companies, GM and Nissan. Overall, the XL-7 isn't class leading by any means but its a pleasant enough vehicle for those looking for basic transportation and 3-row seating.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor