2004 Suzuki Forenza Road Test Specs | Edmunds.com

2004 Suzuki Forenza - Road Test Specs

2004 Suzuki Forenza Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2004
StyleLX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$14,899.00
As-tested MSRP$14,899.00


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)126 @ 5600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)131 @ 4000
Transmission type5-speed manual


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearmulti-link
Steering typespeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandHankook
Tire modelOptimo
Tire size, frontP195/55R15
Tire size, rearP195/55R15
Brakes, frontfront and rear solid disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph (sec.)9.6
0-75 mph (sec.)14.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.11 @ 81.06
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.69
60-0 mph (ft.)138.36
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.0
Sound level @ idle (dB)Below 50
@ Full throttle (dB)78
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)75

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe 2.0-liter engine has a 6,500 rpm redline, but there's no high-end rush of power, and the best times came from launching with some tire spin at 3,000 rpm and shifting around 6,000 rpm. The shifter itself feels a bit sloppy; the throws are too long and there's no tactile enjoyment as it goes into each gear. It's not bad for an economy car, but the Focus and Civic feel better when swapping gears. The engine is relatively smooth and refined, but again, not quite up to Honda standards.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsInitial pedal feel is good but it stiffens up quickly under maximum braking — more progressive action would make it easier to reduce stopping distances without locking the tires under maximum braking (no ABS on our test car). Still, 138 feet from a non-ABS-equipped vehicle is impressive, and there appeared to be no fade issues as our best number came on the third and final run. The Forenza stopped straight every run with typical front-end drive. It performed well for a $14,000 car.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe combination of a soft suspension and Hankook tires did little to inspire confidence in slalom testing, but the Forenza proved far more capable than expected. There's plenty of body roll, but the sedan behaved predictably and was easy to toss around. Steering feel was commendable and the engine had sufficient mid-range torque. As with the brakes, the car's at-the-limit handling impressed for $14,000.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (F)72
Wind (mph, direction)0-1 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 24/31 Manual /
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2701
Length (in.)177.2
Width (in.)67.9
Height (in.)56.9
Wheelbase (in.)102.4
Legroom, front (in.)42
Legroom, rear (in.)36.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain7 years / 100,000 miles
Corrosion3 years / 36,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesOptional
Traction controlN
Stability controlN
NHTSA crash test, driverGood
NHTSA crash test, passengerGood
NHTSA crash test, side frontAverage
NHTSA crash test, side rearAverage
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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