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2007 Suzuki Forenza

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2007 Suzuki Forenza Review

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The compact Suzuki Forenza offers a high level of standard equipment, a low base price and a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Though not as refined or fuel-efficient as the more expensive models from Honda and Nissan, the Forenza is certainly capable of taking on challengers from Hyundai and Kia. With an exterior penned by the famed Pininfarina Design Studio, the Forenza holds a certain European flair considered attractive by many buyers. Although quality and reliability reports appear favorable, the low-cost Forenza still lags behind its peers in offering such safety features as side-curtain airbags, as well as traction and stability control.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for an alternative to the higher-priced Japanese imports, as well as a hint of European flavoring both inside and out, the Forenza deserves a good look. Add a seven-year/100,000-mile transferable warranty and the Forenza becomes a penny-pincher's joy.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the latest safety and stability-control advances, the Forenza doesn't offer them. The Forenza's resale values fall far from the marks set by Honda and Toyota, and its 2.0-liter engine is not as refined or powerful as most in this class.

What's Significant About This Car?

No major changes for 2007

Driving the Forenza

Driving Impressions The Forenza feels fairly solid on the road, with good steering response and a smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission. The 2.0-liter engine is not big on power, but if it's just...

you and one other person onboard, the Forenza's acceleration should be enough to get you down the highway and around traffic.

The engine is a bit rough when pushed harder and lacks the refinement found in Honda and Toyota powerplants. The ride is relatively smooth, so long as the pavement remains civilized, and body roll and pitch are held in check in all but the most extreme maneuvers. The 15-inch tires are designed more for comfort than performance, which seems fitting for the Forenza's mission in life.

Color-Keyed Heated Exterior Mirrors
The Forenza's standard heated mirrors are rare in this price range.

Attractive Metal Trim Dash
Attractive brushed-metal trim and steering wheel-mounted controls are standard.

2007 Suzuki Forenza Details
2007 Suzuki Forenza photo Interior

Quality plastics, tasteful trim and large legible gauges highlight the Forenza's handsome interior. Little touches, such as the double-seam stitching running along the armrest, show an attention to detail not found in other compact cars. We were impressed by the long list of standard features, which included a height-adjustable driver's seat with manual lumbar support, a nice audio system capable of reading an MP3-encoded CD and a relatively comfortable rear seat. Interior sound levels were lower than expected, adding a quality feel to the Forenza when cruising at highway speeds.

Exterior
2007 Suzuki Forenza photo

The Forenza looks as though it might be a new Italian import rather than a Japanese entry-level car. The Forenza's stylish exterior was designed in Italy, which explains the strength of the design as seen in the pronounced wheel arches, curved rear pillar and short deck. Color is an important factor in bringing out the car's design. It was our observation that, in white and silver, the Forenza appears rather generic but, in red, blue and green, it truly stands out.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Forenza features a 2.0-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes, front side-impact airbags, rear defroster, dual heated power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player and eight speakers, power windows, power door locks, tilt steering wheel, split-folding rear seat, variable wipers, rear window wiper/washer (wagon) and full wheel covers. The Convenience Package adds cruise control and remote keyless entry with alarm, while the Popular Package adds a power sunroof.

Optional Equipment

The only available options are an automatic transmission and anti-lock brakes; oddly, the anti-lock brakes are available only on the base model.

Under the Hood

The Forenza's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is not the smoothest engine we've experienced, nor is it very powerful. There is some vibration upon hard acceleration and better fuel economy might be expected from an engine this size.

2.0-liter in-line 4
127 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
131 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 (manual sedan), 22/31 (automatic sedan), 22/30 (manual wagon), 21/30 (automatic wagon)

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2007 Suzuki Forenza Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.1
Out of 10

Based on 382 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    6.7/10
    Quality
    6.4/10
  • Reliability
    6.9/10
    Performance
    6.5/10
  • Comfort
    6.9/10
    Styling
    7.1/10

Really BAD paint job

By on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Very reliable, but has had many re-calls"

Cons: "Very inferior original paint job, peeling, dull"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The 2006 Suzuki Forenza wagon had peeling paint in as little as 4-5 years of age. Now has a lot of paint defects, which lowers the value. Overall, it has been very reliable, no major mechanical problems. Low gas mileage though. Just a basic car, maybe good for a student."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

My Frankenmobile

By on Friday, July 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have now had my little Forenza for almost three years. In those three years I have been on the back of a tow truck, due to this car just breaking down on me, about 6 times. Timing belt, front wheel bearing, and all twelve engine heads have been replaced in the last year. My little car has stopped twice while I was driving on a major highway now. Recently, it has lost some of its power, and constantly wants to roll back down hills instead of going up them. So over my three years in my little Forenza, I have picked up some things I love and hate about it. Pros: This little car is very fun to zip around in. When it does have power, this car has some heart and keep up with the big boys on the road. It handles very well, and is very smooth while I zoom through traffic. This little car is my car that could. Through all the issues I have had, its kept going. Along with timing belt, wheel bearing, all twelve heads all being replaced, twice now hoses have fallen off of the coolant container causing my car to over heat, but my car is still trucking. Lastly, being a young woman with no real clues about cars, I did not put oil in this car for the first year and half that I had. The oil light never came on, it never overheated, it just kept going. It wasn't until I put oil in my baby, that my issues really started with this car. Cons: Currently is completely unreliable. Every few months I'm having to take it to the shop, so my mechanic can revive it yet again. My little car was ok the first couple of years, now its ready to fall apart any second. Lastly, I live in the South and it gets over 100 degrees here in the summer. The whole time I have had this car, I have had no AC during the summers."

18 people out of 22 found this review helpful

The Forenza wagon: A dependable small wagon

By on Thursday, June 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "It simply keeps on running!"

Cons: "Needs winter treads. Fuel efficiency so-so."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"It's hard to find a reliable and affordable small station wagon and I'll be sorry when I have to trade this one in. It has been a dependable, albeit, unspectacular car. The cargo area is big enough to haul things you cold never dream of getting into a sedan. It initially did not get around so well in our Pennsylvania winters but we solved that problem by buying a set of winter treads for the front end."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Downhill from the Start

By on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Piece of Junk

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "The seats are pretty comfortable..."

Cons: "I hated this car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought this car from an direct from auction seller in 2010 with 40,000 miles and it seemed like a good deal, there didn't seem to be any bad reviews online at the time. A couple months after that I had the check engine light come on because of the throttle position sensor which was incorrectly fixed where I bought it and had to be sent to the dealer. Luckily it was under warranty still. Over time it was alright, nothing too bad went wrong with it until I reached 90,000 and the airbag light would come on (because the cord is under the driver seat and if you move it back and forth it can potentially rub it and ruin it). Then after 90,000 miles it was a train wreck. The throttle position sensor went again (not under warranty anymore) and that is on back order for over a month from the dealers - Suzuki moved out of the US - and the back order just screams ' REALLY?! Normal wear and tear?! ' (I think not.) The struts needed to be changed which made sense, then I had a problem with an antifreeze hose which was corrected only to find out the head gasket or something cracked or the water pump was shot, which the water pump had gotten replaced about 6 months ago as recommended with the timing belt. Oh and the air condition/fan made a horrible squealing sound since about 60,000 miles. And this car has absolutely no resale value. I was stuck with a hunk of broken junk that had basically every complaint that was listed online come true."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Hated it

By on Monday, June 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,800

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Factory Warrenty"

Cons: "Everything"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought from a dealership with an extended warranty less then 3 years ago. Biggest waste of money. Bought at 48000 within 30 days the transmission went. Last year it started leaking coolant. With warranty got a new engine less then a year ago. NOW, after 20000 miles in less then 3 years need a new radiator. This is a terrible car. Do not buy it."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

2006 suzuki foreza

By on Friday, May 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "all excellent"

Cons: "did have an accident 2 years ago, car has been fix"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bough this car new in 2006. I have owned it since. had to put some money in to the a/c 2 months ago. but this has been an excellent car with almost 40 mpg. I have kept up all the maintenance and oil changes every 3000 miles since day 1. I purchased this car from Avondale Suzuki. came close to trading it in today for a chevy cruz, but not ready to part with it. bought it in 2006 and paid it off in 2006. paid around 15,500 new. still love the car."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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