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San Francisco:  Suzuki's XL-7 doesn't just look like a tough, off-road SUV. It's the real thing. Unlike its car-based competitors, it rides on a truck-style frame that makes it durable enough for extreme off-road driving.

The XL-7 has the roomiest interior in its class, both in terms of passenger space and cargo volume. Plus, thanks to lots of upscale features that come at no extra cost, it doesn't feel cheap. When it comes time to test a low-priced SUV, I've learned not to expect too much. After all, most of them are just overgrown versions of cheap economy cars.

Suzuki, though, takes a different approach with its inexpensive XL-7. It's basically a small version of a heavy-duty SUV, complete with a rugged suspension, available four-wheel drive, relatively roomy interior, and even a third-row seat for families. It has all the traits that made SUVs popular in America, not only a tough-looking body.

Starting at $20,399, the XL-7 is priced to compete with the many car-based SUVs for sale today, including the Ford Escape, Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Hyundai Santa Fe. But instead of using car-like construction, the XL-7 rides on a truck frame to give it greater durability for off-road driving than those car-based SUVs can offer.

This truck-based platform has some major downsides, though, if you plan to use it primarily for driving on pavement. First off, it has a rough, bouncy ride that isn't nearly as comfortable as the car-based SUVs it competes with. Hit a pothole, and it feels like it has Pogo sticks for shock absorbers. It's also noisier than most of its competitors, and it feels heavy and cumbersome in city traffic.

Despite having the road manners of a pickup, this Suzuki is one of the best off-road bargains around. It has a large amount of interior space for its price range, with more passenger room and cargo volume than the competition. It's also the only SUV in its class to offer a third-row seat.

It comes well equipped, too. Standard features include a tire-pressure monitoring system, automatic climate control with air filtration, a great seven-speaker stereo with an in-dash CD player, cruise control, keyless entry, and power locks and windows. Thanks to these features, the interior doesn't feel cheap.

Not surprisingly, the XL-7 drives a lot like a small pickup truck. It's not particularly responsive to driver input, steering seems a tad sloppy, and it feels top-heavy in corners.  Fuel economy is average, with a government rating of 17 miles per gallon in town and 22 on the highway.

The XL-7's 2.7-liter, six-cylinder engine makes 185 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque, plenty for comfortable acceleration around town and on the highway. Coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission, it's a perfect match for the Suzuki's rugged off-road capability.

And, if you're worried about the long-term quality of a Suzuki, it comes with a better warranty (seven years, 100,000 miles) than all but one of its competitors. Only the Hyundai Santa Fe beats its protection with a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Overall, the XL-7 is a terrific bargain, assuming you need its off-road durability. While the many car-based SUVs have better performance on pavement, none of them can match the Suzuki's spacious interior and rugged performance.

Why buy it? If you need to travel off road with up to seven passengers, this is one of the best bargains around. It has rugged capability and a roomy interior at a surprisingly low starting price.  By Derek Price  AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

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