To say the 2008 Suzuki Forenza Wagon is a misfire sounds like a bit of an understatement. Suzuki has tried hard to make an economy vehicle that stands out from the competition. Even with the help of the same design studio that created the famous Ferrari styling, nothing saves the Forenza.
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza serves as an economy vehicle released in sedan and wagon versions. The wagon, although large and spacious, suffers from poor-quality materials, a weak automatic transmission, and abysmal safety scores. Although you can’t expect a supercharged sport vehicle when shopping economy, you don’t have to settle for less. The market includes plenty of other economy vehicles that outperform the 2008 Suzuki Forenza Wagon in almost all categories.
Body Styles: compact economy wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki Forenza Wagon
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza Wagon shows very few changes from the previous year. Chrome embellishes the inside of the door handles. Bluetooth connectivity also becomes available this year.
The 2008 Forenza Wagon classifies as a four-door vehicle with a rear door that allows easy access to the cargo area. Although the 2008 Suzuki Forenza Wagon was designed at the famous Pininfarina design house, it looks quite bland. The styling seems more 1995 than 2008. Standard features on the wagon include 15-inch steel wheels (with a spare steel wheel included), a roof rack, intermittent wipers, and power heated mirrors. A Popular Package adds a power glass sunroof to the Forenza Wagon.
The interior of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza Wagon looks cheap and poorly built to say the least. The controls feel like plastic toys in your hand, and the dash is also made of cheap plastic that feels like it could break if leaned on too hard. The bucket seats offer height adjustment and feel quite comfortable, but there isn’t as much room as you might like, especially for tall drivers.
The back seat is a different story. It offers plenty of leg, shoulder, and headroom for the passengers. Cargo space totals 19.3 cubic feet. The back seat split-folds, allowing you to expand the cargo area to a large 61.8 cubic feet, better than some of its competitors. However, cargo space does not provide enough of an incentive to buy the 2008 Suzuki Forenza Wagon, especially if you want a cabin that feels like it can stand the test of time.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza Wagon comes equipped with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 127 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. The engine performs rather respectfully when paired with the five-speed manual, making passing cars on the freeway and city driving a breeze. However, power drops significantly with the automatic, making passing on the freeway quite difficult.
The suspension and ride of the Forenza Wagon also seems unimpressive. The soft suspension doesn’t quite absorb potholes. Running over a larger crater sends the Forenza Wagon off into the ditch if you don’t pay attention and drive with care. You have to take corners at a slow speed too, since the handling, while not too loose, cannot handle corners at speed. It experiences a lot of body roll when cornering, and the cheap tires barely keep a grip on the asphalt. Unfortunately, this leaves the driver feeling less carefree than frightened.
Bringing all the faults to a head, poor safety equipment appears in the 2008 Forenza Wagon. The Forenza offers front side-impact airbags and four-wheel disc brakes. Anti-lock brakes remain optional with the Convenience Package.
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza does not perform well in NHTSA crash tests. Although it earns four out of five stars for frontal impacts from the NHTSA, the IIHS gives it an “Acceptable"" score for front impacts–its second best–and “Poor"" for side impacts–its worst score. Safety equipment on the 2008 Suzuki Forenza Wagon needs a lot of work. Steer clear of the Forenza Wagon for all the reasons above, and for the safety of you and your loved ones.
EPA Fuel Economy
Suzuki Forenza Wagon: 19/27 mpg city/highway
- Large cabin area
- Sedan and wagon body styles
You Won't Like
- Mediocre fuel economy
- Poor acceleration
- Weak automatic transmission
- Bad crash test scores
An economy vehicle that doesn’t hold up in its flooded market.
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