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2005 Suzuki Forenza

  • 2005 Suzuki Forenza EX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      126/131
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,049
  • 2005 Suzuki Forenza LX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      126/131
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,249
  • 2005 Suzuki Forenza S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      126/131
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,349
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2005 Suzuki Forenza Review

Comfort, security, and a little bit of inside pizzazz that makes it a nice family vehicle for a reasonable price.

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Overview

The Suzuki Forenza, owned by General Motors, debuted in 2004 as a fashionable compact sedan. With its European styling and economical price, it quickly garnered consumer interest. Pininfarina creates classy interiors and exteriors. GM accomplishes a similar Italian look and feel at a cheaper price because Daewoo Motors in South Korea produces it. Some parts come from Australia and only a small percentage of parts hail from the U.S.

The 2005 Suzuki Forenza sells as a four-door, five-passenger sedan with a sleek exterior and a stylish interior that comes in S, LX, and EX trims. It includes plenty of factory-installed features and an exceptional 10-year warranty program. However, it remains a bit of a gas-guzzler compared to similar vehicles on the market. With its aerodynamic build outside and exceptional touches inside, which reflect some higher-priced vehicles, the Forenza offers value for your money.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki Forenza S, Suzuki Forenza LX, Suzuki Forenza EX

What's New

The 2005 Suzuki Forenza includes factory-installed, front side-impact airbags and an extensive list of factory-installed features.

Exterior

The S features 15-inch steel wheels with all-season tires and an inside-mounted spare. It also includes full wheel covers. The 2005 Suzuki Forenza LX has a power glass sunroof with a vented sliding cover. The EX also has a sunroof and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The S includes front cloth bucket seats with a center storage console and a height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support. Split-folding back seats include a center armrest. The 2005 Suzuki Forenza also has power steering, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with audio controls, power doors, power windows, front and rear cup holders, an overhead storage console, air-conditioning with rear ventilation, a clock, a tachometer, an AM/FM radio with a CD player and eight speakers, a trunk light, and a remote gas cap and trunk release.

The LX adds cruise control, two power outlets (front and rear), interior air filtration, and leather trim on the steering wheel and shift knob. The EX features leather front bucket seats with leather trim on the center console as well.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Suzuki Forenza offers a smooth ride due to its four-wheel independent suspension. It maintains its stability at higher speeds, but the four-cylinder motor has limited take-off ability. It maneuvers well in the city but seems less efficient on the highway when passing, and some drivers find changing lanes somewhat difficult. The steering wheel feels a bit difficult to control and the Forenza tends to wander on the highway if the driver does not hold the wheel firmly. Overall, the Forenza offers smooth transmission shifting and idles quietly unless pushed.

Safety

The safety features on the 2005 Suzuki Forenza include front and rear disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution and front side-mounted airbags with occupant-sensing deactivation. Rear-door safety locks protect children. Height-adjustable headrests, rear wipers and defogger, an emergency inside trunk release, and remote keyless entry add to the list of standard safety features.

The LX and EX also include an anti-theft remote alarm system and offer an anti-lock braking system.

NHTSA crash tests rate the 2005 Suzuki Forenza with four stars out of a possibility of five for all impacts and rollovers. The IIHS frontal-offset test earns a score of Acceptable, while the side-impact, rear crash protection, and head restraint get a Poor rating.

According to the NHTSA, the only recall on the Forenza concerns the exterior lighting. However, a failing water pump marks an occasional problem with the sedan, but overall its reliability rates five out of five.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki Forenza S: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Suzuki Forenza LX: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Suzuki Forenza EX: 20/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Solid build
  • Comfortable cabin
  • Adequate front headroom
  • Good value
  • Metallic silver and leather accents

You Won't Like

  • Less fuel efficient than similar sedans
  • Noise during engine acceleration
  • No up-to-date entertainment system

Sum Up

Comfort, security, and a little bit of inside pizzazz that makes it a nice family vehicle for a reasonable price.

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