2009 Suzuki XL7 AWD

I think the XL7's biggest problem is that it - like pretty much all Suzukis - is practically invisible in the marketplace. As others have said, it's a perfectly decent SUV. There's nothing about it, however, that makes it stand out from the crowd. It does have seven-passenger seating (unlike its Equinox Sibling), a fairly smooth-running DOHC V-6, and a six-speed automatic transmission, along with available four-wheel drive. At a price that starts at under $30,000, it's actually not a bad value for the money. Just don't expect a high resale value, because, unlike cars from other Japanese makers like Toyota and Honda, it will likely never be in great demand in the used-car market.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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