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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 387 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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

I will never buy a car from suzuki again

By on Thursday, February 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 153,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfy car, good sound system, very roomy"

Cons: "unreliable, ac isn't very cooling even recharged"

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

"I got this car at 94000 miles and it has done nothing but break down on me over and over again. Each time I get it fixed, it breaks down almost immediately again. I hate this car so much but it's really comfy to drive in."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

This little car has exceeded my expectations!

By on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable very comfortable, great mpg, fun to drive"

Cons: "Cheap, parts are hard to find, lack of features"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

The forenza made the 1000 mile round trip to Minnesota without problems!

"This car has been nothing but good to me! The forenza has been almost 100% reliable. This car can go the distance and back wherever you need it to go. You can tell the car was made cheap. But that's the point of the car, cheap yet reliable. The forenza gives you a great value for your money. Parts are getting hard to find because of suzuki going out of business, but the parts are somewhat cheap. It has so far completed every task I have asked it todo and more. I give this car a 8/10 overall because the car does what suzuki says it does. Also, the car looks sharp! It is something I'm not asshamed to drive. But don't forget this is a cheap car. There is not a lot of features, but it gets the job done and then does it the next day. Love this car and I plan to drive it until the doors fall off!"

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

The forenza made the 1000 mile round trip to Minnesota without problems!

Best Sedan for the Money

By on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "gas, driving in snow, cheap to fix"

Cons: "none"

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

"I bought my 07 Forenza new in 2007. it is still running fine with over 90K miles. i drove it all over the US with no issue. it drives great in the snow. i replaced the following since i bought it: 1-new 4 tires at 60K 2-New brakes (front and Back) at 80K 3-regular oil change every 3 months"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: new car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable, no major issues, great gas mileage!"

Cons: "no cruise control, paint job was horrible,"

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

"I just traded in my car, 2006 Suzuki Forenza, for a new car but I wanted to let everyone know this car was a very good car. I traveled everywhere in this car and it was very reliable and comfortable. I had it for 7 years before the brakes needed changed, in the front. The back never needed changed. I never had any major issues with the car. I was told Suzuki went out of business, so good luck getting a new one but the old one was a great car. I actually would have loved to keep it but needed a down payment/trade in for a newer car. :("

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I regret buying this car.

By on Thursday, November 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "cheap car for a kinda cheap price"

Cons: "Throwing away money"

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

"I got this car and paid $8000 for it when it is worth $2000 I have had to replace the tires a few times after having this car for 2-3 years. This car takes a lot of gas and there isn't a Suzuki dealership where I live. My advise is to NEVER buy a car that doesn't have a dealership in your town. This car is "throw away money" Good luck."

5 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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