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2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon Review
Offers a great budget price.
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Just like its sibling, the Forenza sedan, the Suzuki Forenza Wagon drove onto the market in 2003. This four-door economy car was constructed in South Korea by General Motors’ Daewoo Auto & Technology Company, and its design reflects the union between GM and Daewoo. The competition in the economy wagon class may not be quite as cutthroat as with the sedan. All the same, the Suzuki Forenza Wagon doesn’t offer much to set it ahead of the pack. This car’s main appeal is the amount of space consumers gets for each dollar; the 2006 Suzuki Forenza is one of the cheapest economy wagons on the market, while also providing a generous amount of cabin and cargo room.
As with the Suzuki Forenza sedan, the wagon offers an impressive list of standard and optional features for a car of its price. Unfortunately, the 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon takes an even bigger hit at the gas pump, with a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg, compared to the sedan’s average of 23 mpg. While the overall driving experience is smooth enough, the 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon’s acceleration is unimpressive. With the number of only slightly higher-priced wagons on the market today, we’d reserve the 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon for only the most frugal bargain hunters.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Forenza Wagon, Forenza Premium Wagon
Only a handful of changes are made to this economy wagon this year. The 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon boasts a refashioned front fascia design with a new grille that matches other Suzuki models. 2006 also brings new wheels, fresh upholstery, and an upgraded emissions system with a more efficient diagnostic capacity.
The 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon's exterior appearance is that of a classic wagon, with a rounded, modern silhouette. This car isn’t going to stand out in a crowd, but it’s certainly not aesthetically unpleasant. As with the Forenza sedan, the 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon is only offered in one basic trim level with the Premium model providing a handful of further upgrades. Standard exterior equipment on 2006 Suzuki Forenza model includes a roof rack, body-colored bumpers and door handles, steel wheels, a front air dam, daytime running lights, and powered and heated exterior mirrors. Additional features in the Premium package include alloy wheels and fog lights.
The 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon’s light, spacious cabin is by far its greatest selling point. Bright metallic accents are an inviting touch, and the overall design is cheery, although some interior materials are rather low-quality. Standard offerings for both the Base and Premium trim packages include air-conditioning, a radio with cassette and CD players, second-row folding seats, and a cargo area cover and tiedowns. The Premium trim package also includes cruise control, a leather steering wheel with mounted controls, and an optional sunroof. Unusual for cars in this range, the 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon also offers cabin air filtration and an eight-speaker, 140-watt stereo. 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon cargo space measures at 24.4 cubic feet and 61.8 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon is equipped with the same two-liter, inline four-cylinder engine as its sedan sibling. The engine pulls in a modest 127 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. Five-speed manual transmission is standard with four-speed automatic also available. The manual gearbox provides enough strength to let the 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon keep pace with traffic, although acceleration is a bit weak with the automatic transmission. The 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon doesn’t give a very impressive highway performance, particularly with the automatic transmission, and overall handling is somewhat wobbly. Despite its soft suspension, the ride is notably bumpy, with significant body rolling around tight corners. Like the Forenza sedan, the 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon’s main redeeming feature in terms of performance is its crisp, four-wheel disc brakes.
The 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon's list of safety equipment is a bit minimal, with standard offerings including front side airbags, power windows, child safety door locks, and four-wheel disc brakes. The Premium trim package offers keyless entry and a vehicle anti-theft system. Side curtain airbags and second-row side airbags are not available. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution come optional.
The 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon earned four stars out of five in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration frontal crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2006 Suzuki Forenza Wagon an ""acceptable"" rating for frontal-offset safety and a ""poor"" rating in side-impact safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Comfortable, roomy cabin
- Lots of storage space
- Generous list of features
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Sloppy handling
- Some low-quality materials
- Poor acceleration with automatic transmission
Offers a great budget price.
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