2008 Suzuki Forenza  -  $15,149

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $15,149
Base Invoice: $14,569
Destination Charge: $660
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 19 | Hwy: 28
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine


Unique styling; terrific warranty; extensive standard equipment; strong value.

Model Highlights

Thanks to the famous Pininfarina design studio, the 2008 Suzuki Forenza sedan and wagon boast styling that sets them apart from similarly-sized economy-minded vehicles. The front end of the Forenza, which was revised in 2006, has a smooth, sporty appearance and is complemented by body-color bumpers, trim, and door handles. Wagons get a bright roof rails.

Both the sedan and wagon come with a 2.0L DOHC four-cylinder engine making 126 horsepower, offered with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission features a "hold" button to prevent hunting between gears in hilly terrain.

The Forenza has front and rear stabilizer bars for good handling attributes, along with speed-sensitive power steering and 15-inch wheels. Front seat-mounted side air bags are standard, along with four-wheel disc brakes.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning with a micron air filtration system, an MP3-compatible CD sound system with six speakers, heated outside mirrors, metallic interior accents, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. Only a few options are available, arranged into one package. The Convenience Package adds remote keyless entry and cruise control.

Both models have seating for up to five, with a 60/40-split folding rear seatback for expanded cargo capacity. The wagon's impressive 24.4 cubic feet can be expanded to 61.8 cubic feet with the seat folded forward.

Forenza is covered by Suzuki's fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain warranty, for seven years or 100,000 miles.

The Forenza is mechanically similar to the Reno hatchback; both are made in South Korea by GM Daewoo.

Model News

After Suzuki gave the Forenza a slight refresh in 2006, the 2008 Forenza arrives with no major changes over the 2007 version. Suzuki dropped the Forenza trims with anti-lock brakes and the Popular package. For 2008 the Convenience Package trim has standard steering wheel mounted audio controls and an alarm system.

Value Writeup

The 2008 Suzuki Forenza sedan and wagon stand out in their respective classes with their attractive exterior styling, as well as for their generous standard equipment list and low prices. And like other Suzuki vehicles, the Forenza is covered by what Suzuki calls America's #1 Warranty, which provides powertrain coverage up to seven years or 100,000 miles.

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
28 MPG

Cruising Range - City
275.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
19 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
406.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
127 @ 5600

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
131 @ 4000

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.9 qts

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
95.1 ft³

Front Head Room
39.1 in

Front Leg Room
42.0 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.7 in

Front Hip Room
52.7 in

Second Head Room
37.8 in

Second Leg Room
36.7 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.7 in

Second Hip Room
53.9 in

102.4 in

Length, Overall
177.2 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
67.9 in

Height, Overall
56.9 in

Track Width, Front
58.3 in

Track Width, Rear
58.3 in

Trunk Volume
12.4 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2756 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.1 ft

Brake Type

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
MAY 19, 2014

Potential Number of Units Affected

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 Forenza vehicles, and 2005-2008 Reno vehicles manufactured from September 1, 2003, through July 30, 2008. In the affected vehicles, heat may be generated in the headlamp switch or daytime running light (DRL) module which could melt the headlamp switch or the DRL module.

If the heat generated within the headlamp switch or DRL module located on the left side of the steering column melts the headlamp switch or DRL module, there is an increased risk of a fire.

Suzuki will notify owners but the manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Suzuki will replace the signal switch and add a jumper relay kit and will replace the DRL Module in teh instrument panel harness. Suzuki distributed to owners an interim letter on July 22, 2014. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's number for this recall is XA.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

2.0L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine

5-speed manual transmission

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension

Independent dual-link rear suspension

P195/55R15 tires

Compact spare tire

15" steel wheels w/full wheel covers

Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering

4-wheel disc brakes

Color-keyed front & rear bumpers

Multi-reflector jewel-type headlamps

Daytime running lamps

Heated pwr mirrors

Intermittent windshield wipers

Color-keyed door handles

Front cloth bucket seats w/driver height adjustment & lumbar support

Split-folding rear seats

Front center armrest w/storage

Rear center armrest w/cup holders

Front/rear floor mats

Tilt steering wheel

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Pwr windows

Pwr door locks

AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo-inc: (6) speakers

Air conditioning

Rear window defroster

Auxiliary pwr outlet

Window integrated antenna

Digital clock

Trunk lamp

Dual-stage front airbags w/passenger occupancy sensor

Front seat-mounted side impact airbags

Rear door child safety locks

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system

Daytime running lamps



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