I'll post the individual reviews of the six vehicles in this comparison as they go live. Introduction continued at link:A decade ago, a series of television ads showed bulky, gas-guzzling, expensive SUVs. Owners couldn't fit them into parking spaces, or reach high enough to close the back hatch.
This was a Suzuki campaign for its then-new Grand Vitara XL-7 – literally, an extended-length seven-passenger version of its compact truck-based Grand Vitara. The ads promised in the XL-7 a blend between the convenience of a full-size sport-utility vehicle and the maneuverability and value of a compact model.
The XL-7 never made a huge sales splash, and it was discontinued two years ago. But a similar group of SUVs lives on, now closer to cars than to trucks slotting roughly between the compact and midsize market classes in terms of size, price, versatility, luxury, or driving dynamics...