• (3.1) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $731–$5,887
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 26-27
  • Engine: 126-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2004 Suzuki Forenza

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Suzuki Forenza

What We Don't Like

  • Unproven new model
  • No side-impact airbags

Notable Features

  • Italian styling
  • 126-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • FWD
  • Optional antilock brakes
  • Manual or automatic

2004 Suzuki Forenza Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2003, Suzuki’s new premium compact sedan actually began its life as a Daewoo vehicle. Like the company’s brand-new midsize Verona sedan, which was also introduced at the Chicago Auto Show, it’s a product of General Motors’ investment in the bankrupt Daewoo organization of South Korea. GM owns a stake in Suzuki.

General Motors initially shunned the idea of marketing any Daewoo-derived products under its own nameplates or those with a Suzuki badge. That decision was revised during 2002, and GM Daewoo Auto and Technology (GMDAT) in Korea will manufacture the new models.

Both the Forenza and Verona target value-seeking buyers. Sales will begin by early 2004. Forenza prices are expected to run between $12,000 and $15,000.

The Italian-sounding name stems from the fact that the Forenza and its Verona companion were both designed by Italian stylists. The Forenza was partially designed by Pininfarina. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 119 horsepower. Rivals include the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.

The front-wheel-drive Forenza will join Suzuki’s value-priced compact Aerio, which is considered the sportier model. Suzuki has a five-year plan under way, during which nine new models are planned for release.

A six-window greenhouse-style exterior helps give the driver a good view all around. Suzuki touts the Forenza’s “gracefully curved roofline and uniquely free-flowing silhouette” by noting that it provides maximum visibility.

Euro-styled dual cylindrical halogen headlights are complemented by clear, oversized, high-tech taillamps. Flower-shaped reflector beams illuminate when the brakes are applied. The doors are protected by color-keyed side moldings and door handles.

Speed-sensitive power steering and all-disc brakes are installed. Fog lamps and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof will be optional. Measuring 177.2 inches long overall, the Forenza rides a 102.4-inch wheelbase and stands 56.9 inches tall. Steel or aluminum wheels hold 15-inch tires.

Five people fit inside the Forenza, which features a horizontally themed interior with metallic silver accents. The instrument clusters are rimmed with metallic silver, and the panel emits a jade-green glow for night driving. Equipped with three headrests, the 60/40-split rear seats fold flat to reveal a trunk pass-thru.

Dual-height and lumbar support adjustments are included, along with a tilt steering wheel. The sun visors contain vanity mirrors, and a rear-window defroster is standard. The padded front center armrest contains a storage compartment, and the center console features dual cupholders. The driver has access to a change tray.

Standard features include heated mirrors and power windows and locks. A standard in-dash CD/cassette stereo system includes eight speakers, and integrated stereo controls go on the steering wheel. An uplevel edition can be fitted with leather seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob. Upscale models come with remote keyless entry, a remote trunk release and an anti-theft device. Trunk space totals 12.4 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A dual-overhead-cam, 16-valve, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 119 hp at 5,400 rpm and 128 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Either a five-speed manual or an optional four-speed-automatic transmission may be installed.

All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and traction control are optional. Side-impact airbags are not available. Each rear occupant gets a three-point seat belt.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 5/7/03

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by Misty from Salem,OH on April 13, 2017

Very nice and would buy one again. I would recommmd this car for a younger college student. The car is by far the nicest car I've drove.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

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