Like their mechanical clone, the Suzuki Reno hatchback, the Suzuki Forenza sedan and wagon also are manufactured in Korea by Daewoo and boast Italian styling, one trim level with loads of standard equipment, few options, attractive pricing and an outstanding warranty package. The pair share common Reno downsides, as well, notably an aging platform design, no higher-performance version, only mediocre fuel economy and the absence of features like traction control or stability control -- items offered by most of the competitors, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, Honda Civic, Kia Spectra, MAZDA3 and Toyota Corolla. Ironically, Suzuki's own SX4 crossover utility vehicle and new-for-2008 SX4 Sport sedan have become the Forenza's most direct rivals.
By Sassy on Friday, March 07, 2008
overall rating 5 of 10rating details
"I haven't had any major problems with this car (it's a 2006), but I'm starting to get sick of all the recalls. I've had this car for a little over a year and it's been at the dealership at least 3 times for recalls. It's a hassle because I'll call and tell them about the recall and then they'll have me bring it in, then order the parts and make me bring it in again to actually put the parts in. First I took it in for the squeaking in the steering wheel (which it's doing again), then an oxygen sensor, now I've got to take it in for a seatbelt recall (my driver seatbelt doesn't buckle properly). It also gets horrible gas mileage. Once I've paid this car off I'm getting something that's less work."
14 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By ray on Sunday, April 14, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,650overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "economical and practical fun to drive!!!"
Cons: "loose handling on turns have good tires."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"it will take care of you. The car does everything a compact car should do. The only minor issue is the driving around turns is a little loose. it does not have the tight handling as other cars. but for basic transportation it serves it's purpose and some (premium package model). If you are looking to get a corolla get this one it will save you money and it does the same as used corolla."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Francisco on Friday, September 18, 2009
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"When I purchased this wagon in 2005, it was the best little wagon available for the price. We are not going to assume that any $18,000 vehicle is as luxurious nor as quiet as a $50,000 one. To do so would be comparing apples to bananas. Discussing this particular vehicle in its class, my purchase was idea. The vehicle provides the best value for the money. It is comfortable, reliable, with great styling, and its performance as a 4 cylinder automobile is never in doubt. The factory recalled two issues that were promtply addressed and never affected my car to begin with. The process was painless and free. It provided more benefit than just the recalled issue. I got a timing belt change in the process, a favorable by-product of the recall. For a vehicle in its class, it is the best little wagon that any family could own. Mine currently has 103,000 highway miles, running I-4 from Orlando to Tampa and back five times a week for three years, yet it continues to drive effortlessly. With the basic sound system that came from the factory, my little red wagon provides me great relaxation listening to baseball games on AM, broadcasted music on FM, paying old cassettes or any Compact Discs as I drive anywhere. The vehicle is fully equipped with all necessary power features: sun roof, door locks, air conditioning, rear gate wipers, and so on. I really love my car and looking at it even today after almost five years makes me proud of the purchase when so many of my friends complain about the other vehicles they purchased for even more money. The Forenza Wagon definitely was a gem of a car. It is too bad that Suzuki decided to cut its production in 2008. This was a great competitor in its class."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful