Like their mechanical clone, the Suzuki Reno
hatchback, the Suzuki Forenza
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.
The Convenience Package adds steering-wheel audio controls and all models gain chrome door handles and optional Bluetooth connectivity, but the number of speakers for the audio system is reduced from eight to six.