I did some research on mid size SUV. The 2.7 engine size is bigger than most in this class, but not tops. Nevertheless, on balance, it performs very well. There were two trade offs for me. It is a little longer than others and the price was right. I paid $11,500 from a KIA dealer in 11/03. I could have gotten a new 2004 for about 18,500 but I figured that my cost of ownership will be much less overall, and its basically the same car.
One other point that pleased me was that I frequently take my 83 old mother on errands. She is only about 5 foot tall and has to use a walker and she is very unstable. I was concerned about her ability to get in and out. I thought it might be hard for her to step up so I was prepared to buy a step rail. As it turns out, she can just stand and slide into the front seat without stepping up, then lift her legs in!
The only criticism I would have is that I would prefer a lower turning radius. I can make Uturns at most intersections OK, but I just prefer a little tighter.
One other thing. I understand that Suzuki is #1 in Japan. I have owned 3 toyotas, so if in Japan, they think more highly of Suzuki, then fine with me.