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2006 Suzuki Forenza

  • 2006 Suzuki Forenza Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      127/131
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,799
  • 2006 Suzuki Forenza Premium Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      127/131
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,099
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2006 Suzuki Forenza Review

Doesn’t offer any more than its budget price in terms of performance and fuel efficiency.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Suzuki Forenza was first introduced at the 2003 Chicago Auto Show. This compact sedan benefits largely from General Motors’ acquisition of Daewoo Motor Company and is basically offered as a replacement to the old Daewoo Nubira. The Forenza is built in South Korea by GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Company. The Suzuki Forenza joins the already-crowded and tightly competitive field of economy sedans, just managing to hold its own with its manual transmission and low price. The Forenza is among the cheapest offerings in this class; though with a combined fuel economy of only 23 mpg, drivers will make up for a lot of that at the pump. In many ways, the Forenza is simply a step down in quality from the only slightly pricier Suzuki Aerio.

High points for the 2006 Suzuki Forenza include a spacious, attractive interior and a long list of standard features. Yet with its mediocre handling and fuel economy, the Forenza is probably best reserved for true budget hunters who only need a vehicle for a short commute or the occasional errand run. With the number of cars available in this segment, it isn’t hard to find a higher-quality option at only a slightly higher price.

The Range

Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Forenza Base, Forenza Premium

What's New

The only updates to the Suzuki Forenza for 2006 are cosmetic. The economy sedan features a new front fascia, redesigned seats upholstered with new fabric, a new wheel design, and some new trim package offerings.

Exterior

The outer appearance of the 2006 Forenza is uninspiring but not unattractive. Its smooth lines and classic sedan design blend right in with the competition. The Forenza is offered in only one basic trim level with standard features including body-color bumpers and door handles, steel wheels, a front air dam, daytime running lights, and powered and heated exterior mirrors. The Premium trim package upgrades include alloy wheels and fog lights.

Interior

Without a doubt, the 2006 Suzuki Forenza’s main selling point is its bright and roomy interior. This four-door sedan’s cabin is one of the most spacious in its class, and its overall design is quite appealing. The Forenza brightens things up with metallic accents and a set of gauges that’s as attractive as it is easy to read. Standard offerings include a radio with CD and cassette players, air-conditioning, and second-row folding seats. A range of features that aren’t normally found in this price range are offered in the Forenza, including cabin air filtration and an eight-speaker, 140-watt stereo with audio controls mounted on the steering wheel in the Premium trim. With two-way seat bottom tilt offered in the driver seat, nearly anyone will be able to sit behind the wheel comfortably. The rear seats also provide ample legroom. Additional features available with the Premium trim package include a leather steering wheel and an optional sunroof.

Performance & Handling

The only engine offered with the 2006 Forenza is a two-liter, inline four-cylinder engine that's rated at 127 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is five-speed manual with an optional, four-speed automatic. The manual gearbox lets the Forenza keep up with the traffic without any trouble. Acceleration with the automatic transmission is on the weaker side, and it doesn’t do particularly well on the highway or around tight corners. The 2006 Suzuki Forenza also falls short of its competitors in terms of comfort. The soft suspension doesn’t do much to ease the impact of a bumpy road, and it also allowsfor considerable body roll. The Forenza’s best performance feature is the four-wheel disc brakes, which do provide fast, reliable stopping.

Safety

The 2006 Suzuki Forenza’s list of standard safety features is a bit minimal, with basic equipment including front-seat side airbags, four-wheel disc brakes, child safety door locks, power windows, and a trunk anti-trap device. And anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution comes optional. Keyless entry is only offered with the Premium trim as well as a vehicle anti-theft system. No curtain airbags or second-row side airbags are available. The 2006 Forenza earned four out of five stars in frontal-impact crash tests from the NHTSA. The IIHS gave it an ""acceptable"" rating for frontal-offset safety and only a ""poor"" rating in side-impact tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Forenza: 20/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable, spacious cabin
  • Lots of storage space
  • Generous list of features

You Won't Like

  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Sloppy handling
  • Some low-quality materials
  • Poor acceleration with automatic transmission

Sum Up

Doesn’t offer any more than its budget price in terms of performance and fuel efficiency.

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