Suzuki Forenza Origins
The Suzuki Forenza debuted in 2004. Built by the General Motors Daewoo Auto & Technology Company in South Korea, the Forenza entered the U.S. market appealing to budget-conscious, small-sedan buyers. The Forenza served as a replacement for the Daewoo Nubira, a car offered in the U.S. from 1999 to 2002. The vehicle came in a sedan or wagon and became an inexpensive option for buyers interested in a compact, well-equipped car with decent performance.
Car buyers were attracted to the Forenza’s roomy interior and European-styled exterior, which was designed by the famed Pininfarina design studio. The compact sedan also included a long list of standard features and came with a coveted seven-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Along with the standard features, car buyers could choose various options packages to add to the single trim level.
Suzuki introduced the Forenza for the 2004 model year and production continued until the 2008 model year. The wagon made its entrance into the lineup during the 2005 model year.About the Suzuki Forenza
The Suzuki Forenza was known as a compact, economical car that attracted the practical, budget-conscious buyer. Its European style set it apart along with quality, reliability, a spacious cabin, and a long list of standard features.
However, the Forenza did not fare so well in the safety category. Though the vehicle offered standard front-seat side airbags and four-wheel disc brakes, it failed to compete with the market by neglecting to offer side-curtain airbags, traction, and stability. The Suzuki Forenza also earned a rating of "Poor" for side-impact tests and "Acceptable" for fontal-offset safety from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Forenza did earn some memorable ratings though. The National Highway Traffic Safety Organization awarded the car four out of five stars for frontal-impact crash tests.
The Suzuki Forenza housed a responsive engine for its class, a 127-horsepower, two-liter, inline four-cylinder, but its fuel economy fell below average at 22/31 mpg city/highway with automatic transmission. Highway cruising also produced excessive wind noise and a slow performance overall.Suzuki Forenza Features
The Suzuki Forenza housed a two-liter, four-cylinder engine with manual transmission offered standard. Its fuel economy fell in the below average range with a less-than-ideal handling and ride quality.
The Forenza came with one trim level and was available as a sedan or wagon. Standard features included 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, powered accessories, an adjustable driver seat, and an eight-speaker CD stereo. The Popular Package added cruise control, audio controls on the steering wheel, foglamps, a sunroof and remote keyless entry. The Convenience Package was one step below the Popular Package and included only cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, and remote keyless entry.
Standard safety features incorporated front side-impact airbags and four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes available as an option in the Convenience package. Safety ratings for the 2008 model ranged from "Poor" to "Acceptable" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests.
Though roomy for a car in its class, the Suzuki Forenza lacked refinement and quality in its interior. Inconsistent materials contributed to the vehicle’s interior faux pas. The sedan’s cabin was plenteous with ample rear legroom, a 60/40-split-folding seatback and a truck capacity of 12.4 cubic feet. With the rear seat folded in the Forenza wagon, buyers could experience 62 cubic feet of cargo space.Suzuki Forenza Evolution
The model year 2004 marked the debut of the Suzuki Forenza compact sedan. The inexpensive, spacious, economical car bode well with a typical demographic and boasted ample cabin space for vehicles in its class. The model offered one trim level with numerous standard features and a comfortable ride with reliability and predictable handling. Five-speed manual transmission came standard with the option for four-speed automatic.
For the 2005 model year, Suzuki offered the wagon in addition to the sedan and added side airbags to the standard features list.
For the 2006 model year, the Forenza received some noteworthy improvements such as a new front fascia, upgraded seats, new wheels, and updated trim levels. The 2006 Forenza came in a four-door sedan or a four-door wagon.
Though the basic trim level remained the same for the 2007 model year, the Premium Package added foglights, alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. Standard features included air-conditioning, body-color front and rear bumpers, a low-tire pressure indicator, an eight-speaker CD stereo system, four-wheel disc brakes, power accessories and an adjustable driver seat. All models housed a 127-horsepower, two-liter, four-cylinder engine.
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza boasted minor updates, which included interior chrome door handles and Bluetooth capabilities. The 2008 model marked the end of the Forenza and was the last vehicle manufactured.