For all of you out there that knew I was looking at buying a vehicle, I did it.
this is my car in a glimpse:
0 - 60 (sec): 9.3 seconds
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 17.0 @ 79.6
60 - 0 (ft): 137
Slalom (mph): 60.7
Skid Pad (g-force): 38.7
Acceleration Comments: The smallish 2.7-liter V6 surprised us with its spirited
performance. Power delivery is smooth, and with a four valve-per-cylinder engine
that redlines at 6,500 rpm, it makes most of its useable power at the top of the
rpm band. Our best run was achieved by short-shifting the engine at 6,200 rpms
on each shift instead of revving to the 6,600 rev limiter cut off.
Braking Comments: Braking performance is adequate but a little off the class leaders' (which
all range in the 120 bracket). That includes the Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute and Toyota RAV4, all of which we have recently tested. The ABS system does have a moderate amount of noise while in operation, and the XL7 has only fair
stability while in full-on braking mode.
Handling Comments: We may have a new SUV slalom king here. The Suzuki Grand
Vitara XL-7 is one of the best SUVs we've ever taken through the field of cones we call the
slalom. Granted, suspension design and driving skills have improved since we last tested one of its competitors, but this vehicle is a handler.
Generally, tossable should not be a term that comes to mind when thinking of SUVs, but that is exactly how we felt about the XL-7. It does have body roll, but it is a controlled amount that instills confidence rather than fear. The steering is quick and precise, allowing you to slice
and dice your way through life's obstacles. — Neil G. Chirico
This past few days I drove up to Tulameen and assisted my Grandfather and Grandmother with various chores around the campsite.
There was a new electrical panel to be put in. That was intresting to watch as Uncle Buddy installed it and showed how everything went together and compared how the old interior looked compared to the new interior. Basically everything should always be neat not wires all over the place.
Then there was the clothing line to be put up. Oh and a tree to be pulled down...
Well thats pretty much sums up my new toy...