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.