2008 Suzuki Forenza

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    127-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Value-priced
  • Appealing design
  • Ride comfort

The Bad

  • Unknown long-term reliability
  • Resale value, especially of sedan

Notable Features of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza

  • Italian styling
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • 127-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • FWD
  • Manual or automatic

2008 Suzuki Forenza Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Forenza, which targets value-oriented buyers, was partially designed by Pininfarina in Italy. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated at 127 horsepower, and rivals include the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.

Seat-mounted side-impact airbags were installed in all models for 2005. Fresh front-end styling, a new wheel design and a revised interior marked the 2006 Forenza. A tire pressure monitoring system and warning light were added as standard equipment for 2007, and remote keyless entry with remote trunk release was optional. For 2008, the Forenza is mostly unchanged, other than added Bluetooth connectivity in both the sedan and wagon body styles.
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Exterior
Suzuki touts the Forenza's "gracefully curved roofline and uniquely free-flowing silhouette," noting that it provides maximum visibility. Clear, oversized taillamps complement European-style dual cylindrical halogen headlights, and the side molding is color-keyed.

The Forenza features pull-out door handles, and fog lamps are available. Speed-sensitive power steering and all-disc brakes are installed. 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.


Interior
Up to five occupants can fit inside the Forenza. The instruments are rimmed with metallic silver accents, and the panel emits a jade-green glow for night driving. Equipped with three head restraint...
Vehicle Overview
The Forenza, which targets value-oriented buyers, was partially designed by Pininfarina in Italy. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated at 127 horsepower, and rivals include the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.

Seat-mounted side-impact airbags were installed in all models for 2005. Fresh front-end styling, a new wheel design and a revised interior marked the 2006 Forenza. A tire pressure monitoring system and warning light were added as standard equipment for 2007, and remote keyless entry with remote trunk release was optional. For 2008, the Forenza is mostly unchanged, other than added Bluetooth connectivity in both the sedan and wagon body styles.
(Skip to details on the: Forenza Wagon)


Exterior
Suzuki touts the Forenza's "gracefully curved roofline and uniquely free-flowing silhouette," noting that it provides maximum visibility. Clear, oversized taillamps complement European-style dual cylindrical halogen headlights, and the side molding is color-keyed.

The Forenza features pull-out door handles, and fog lamps are available. Speed-sensitive power steering and all-disc brakes are installed. 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.


Interior
Up to five occupants can fit inside the Forenza. The instruments are rimmed with metallic silver accents, and the panel emits a jade-green glow for night driving. Equipped with three head restraints, the 60/40-split rear seats fold flat.

Height and lumbar support adjustments for the driver and a tilt steering wheel are included. The padded front center armrest contains a storage compartment. Trunk space totals 12.4 cubic feet.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning with micron air filtration, heated mirrors, and power windows and locks. A standard in-dash CD/MP3 stereo system includes eight speakers. Suzuki's Convenience Package adds cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, remote keyless entry, and an antitheft alarm. Suzuki's Popular Package adds front fog lamps and a power sunroof. Antilock brakes are optional.


Under the Hood
The Forenza's 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 127 hp and 131 pounds-feet of torque. Either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission can be installed.

The Forenza is estimated to get 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.


Safety
Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are optional. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard. Each rear occupant gets a three-point seat belt.

Forenza Wagon
Late in 2004, a Forenza Wagon joined the original sedan in Suzuki's lineup. Like the sedan, the wagon uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 127 hp and 131 pounds-feet of torque. Cargo space totals 19.3 cubic feet with both rear seats up.

All-disc brakes, side-impact airbags, roof rails, air conditioning, an eight-speaker CD/MP3 stereo system and a 60/40-split folding rear seat are standard. Wagons can be equipped with either the Convenience or Popular option package.

Except for a couple of ergonomic annoyances, including the steering-wheel radio controls, the Forenza Wagon is enjoyable to drive. Performance with the automatic transmission is satisfactory — even a touch spirited — though acceleration yields typical small-car engine blare.

Ride comfort is quite nice and generally smooth even in the city, with few unpleasant motions. Steering and handling are typical compact-car, but visibility is excellent. The seats are comfortable, and there's plenty of space in the front. Backseat room isn't bad, either. Cargo space is ample, and items are easy to load. Back to top



Latest 2008 Forenza Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.4)
Performance
(3.4)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(3.4)
Value For The Money
(3.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Had the car for a year in a half. It has never let

by DanielleCG from Madison, wi on April 7, 2018

I love that I was able to drive to Milwaukee and back. Which is about an hour drive. It's my mom car sense if fits so much. Read full review

(4.0)

Good for the value

by Fldriver on October 8, 2017

Suzuki is a good brand and reliable except for the performance. But nothing that doesn’t justify the value Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Suzuki Forenza currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Forenza received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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