2008 Suzuki Forenza

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2008 Suzuki Forenza Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Suzuki Forenza was new.

The Forenza is a basic, budget-friendly car for around-town travel, but it receives troubling safety scores and lacks the engine power of others in its class. Although it was a new model last year, it has been discontinued for 2009.

Pros & Cons

  • More interior and cargo room than others in its class
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Affordable pricing paired with an outstanding powertrain warranty
  • Significantly less engine power than others in its class
  • Reviews on handling performance produced a mixed response
  • Safety tests yielded some troubling results

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Suzuki Forenza has a score of 6.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 35 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 7.3
Safety: 5.9
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2008 Suzuki Forenza Overview

The 2008 Suzuki Forenza offers a spacious interior for an economy car, but it has little else to distinguish it from the competition. On the positive side, the Forenza is described as a competent and attractive sedan with an affordable price tag. On the negative side, several reviewers knock the Forenza's weak engine performance and miserly gas mileage.

Above all, Suzuki markets the Forenza on its price tag. U.S. News' reviewer Rick Newman says he's not sure if he could be persuaded "to pick a Forenza over vehicles with proven durability, like the Corolla or Civic, but it might get me into the showroom. And once there, I might do what I do at Wal-Mart: start buying stuff just because it seems too cheap to pass up."

If you want an inexpensive runabout, consider the Nissan Versa. Unlike the Forenza, the Versa does well in crash tests, and its 1.6 base trim is the least expensive car in the U.S -- starting for less than $10,000.

The 2008 Forenza is available in one trim as a four-door sedan, and is also offered as a five-door wagon.

  • "Far too appliance-like to be considered by anyone with an interest in driving. For those folks, however, it's a decent option." -- Car and Driver
  • "Given the price, and the likelihood that a Suzuki dealer might be more willing to deal on a Forenza than a Honda dealer will on a Civic, this is a nice car for a single person or a small family." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The Forenza sedan is designed to offer a strong value in a sea of value-priced compact sedans." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Underwhelming pretty much sums up my experience." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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