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Suzuki Forenza Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 127 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza

  • True, the 2007 Suzuki Forenza has a generous features list, roomy interior and low price. Unfortunately, the driving experience falls short of everything else in the economy-car class.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Lots of standard features, spacious cabin with plenty of storage, available wagon model.

  • Cons

    Below-average fuel economy, leisurely acceleration on models with the automatic transmission, sloppy handling, lack of refinement, discouraging IIHS crash test scores.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Suzuki Forenza carries over largely unchanged.

Full 2007 Suzuki Forenza Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Suzuki Forenza carries over largely unchanged.


Introduced in 2004 into the highly competitive economy car market, Suzuki's Korean-built Forenza is a modestly stylish, value-oriented alternative that appeals to buyers on the margin, with a somewhat responsive four-cylinder engine, a roomy interior and a low price of entry. Further sweetening the deal, Suzuki tries hard to set the new Forenza sedan and wagon apart with European-inspired styling by Pininfarina, a host of standard features and a seven-year, 100,000-mile drivetrain warranty.

Under the hood of the 2007 Suzuki Forenza rests a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 127 horsepower -- much less motivation than in its similarly priced sibling the Aerio or other competitors. Despite the power deficit, we find the Forenza manages satisfactorily when shifted with the manual transmission, but feels burdened and underpowered when saddled with the four-speed automatic. Unfortunately, it's not particularly fuel-efficient or refined either -- with mileage ranging from 22 mpg/city to 31 mpg/highway, the Forenza is one of the least economical economy cars on the market.

Over-the-road manners and overall refinement are other weak areas -- the Suzuki Forenza exhibits soft, rubbery handling and poorer ride quality than many of its competitors, as well as excessive wind noise at times on the highway. Inside, more compromises await: Although even the standard Forenza is equipped with most of what you want and its attractive cockpit is among the roomiest in this class, it loses points with inconsistent/poor-quality materials that detract from an otherwise inviting environment.

At a glance, the well-equipped 2007 Suzuki Forenza appears to offer rewarding value. Unfortunately, its unrefined nature, labored automatic-equipped acceleration, poor fuel economy and sloppy handling dynamics place it far behind the leaders in the compact segment. Unless you really need the extra space of its available wagon body style, we recommend that you instead shop one of its more worthy competitors such as the Mazda 3 or Pontiac Vibe.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Suzuki Forenza is a compact car available as a sedan or wagon. The car comes in a single trim level with available packages of grouped extras. Standard on all are body-color bumpers, four-wheel disc brakes, tire-pressure monitoring, a height-adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, powered accessories and an eight-speaker stereo with CD player and steering-wheel controls. An optional Convenience Package adds cruise control and remote keyless entry, and a Popular Package adds those items plus a sunroof.

Powertrains and Performance

The Suzuki Forenza is powered by a modest 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder with only 127 hp and 131 pound-feet of torque; it performs reasonably well when mated to the standard five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional on all models, but does slow things down a bit. EPA-estimated fuel economy is below average for such a modestly powered compact, too, returning just 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway with the automatic.


The 2007 Suzuki Forenza offers standard front side-impact airbags and the stopping power of four-wheel disc brakes. For added security, ABS is optional. In NHTSA frontal-impact crash tests, the Forenza earned four stars out of five; the independent IIHS gave it an "Acceptable" rating for frontal-offset protection and a "Poor" rating for side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The cabin of the Suzuki Forenza is compromised by inconsistent materials quality and an overall lack of refinement and execution compared with the leaders in its class. There's better news out back, though, with lots of rear legroom for adults and a 60/40-split-folding seatback for extra utility. The Forenza sedan's trunk capacity is a reasonable 12.4 cubic feet, and the wagon offers a useful 62 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded.

Driving Impressions

The standard 2007 Suzuki Forenza has little difficulty keeping up with traffic, unless it's equipped with the optional automatic transmission -- in which case acceleration weakens and highway maneuvers take a little planning. Compared with other compact/economy cars, the Forenza's suspension and ride quality are also unimpressive -- although somewhat soft and compliant, we found there's little control over bumps and ruts. Handling around corners is loose and unsure too, as the hardware allows excessive body roll and cheap rubber exerts minimal grip.

One bright spot are its four-wheel disc brakes, which provide short stopping distances despite a slightly spongy pedal. Overall, though, we find the Suzuki Forenza to be a compromised, marginal player struggling just a bit too much to keep up with better-bred rivals.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Forenza 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

In one sense, I love my car. Because it is my car, and it looks okay. But that's where my affection for the Suzuki ends. I bought this in 2008 from Carmax with 10,000 miles on it. Within one week the transmission slipped and I learned about the faulty sensor. It was replaced. Resurfaced 2 mos. later, so it was reset. And again, and again. Have dealt w/ the "check engine" light and transmission slip for 5 years. No one has the answer nor can they fix it except temporarily. It's ridiculous. I keep expecting to see a recall to no avail. Also: Shoddy paint / flaking wheel cover. Cracked pillar trim (I often see this on passing Forenzas). Awful. Be not tempted by the price.

Good start bad finish

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Forenza 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

The negative reviews on this are pretty accurate. I bought mine in 2008 (it's a 2007) with 17500 miles on and it was great up until i paid it off. Over this last year it's slowly deteriorated along with a massively depreciated value. The negative reviews say between 60k and 100k miles problems start and lo-and behold on my day off yesterday the check engine came on the the transmission started acting up. Got the system re-set and was told it will probably break again. Traded it in today. It's a decent care for the price but once problems start its all downhill.

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Edmunds, get your facts straight

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Forenza 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car back in APR' 2012 with 61K miles. I've now got 81K miles on it and I'm lucky enough to have 2 relatively close Suzuki dealerships that still honor the original warranty on it. Edmunds says this car has 127HP, no, it has 137hp. Edmunds says this vehicle has a loose handling system, NO, it has a McPhereson (one of the best) strut system up front, and multi-link in the rear with SSPS, being a test/pro driver for 2 years I find this suits the FF layout of this vehicle perfectly. Edmunds states all these strange 'facts' yet they have no road test review, nor do they have any proof that anyone even drove the thing!

Class action please

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Forenza 4dr Sedan w/Popular Package (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I bot my 2007 Suzuki Forenza in 2009 it had 30,000 miles. I have had constant and continual problems, paint chipping, transmission, oxygen sensor, computer, oil gasket, oil leaking all fluids, mostly continual check engine light for various reasons one after another not even dealership can fix. I have pretty much each and every problem mentioned on other reviews. I have spend numberous amounts of money, time, missed work and tears... Why has there been no recalls or class actions suits. car in shop now after $1,700 in the last 3 months. Wont pass inspection and noone can fix. I am still paying of my loan.. so sad.

Poor gas mileage

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Forenza 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I bought a 2007 forenza in Dec.11th 2011,it had 49,515 miles on it then and now on Sept. 25th I have 60,371 miles on it. How is that possible when I don't go anywhere. The furthest I have been in this car is 25 miles one way. Never been out of the state of ohio, gas burns really fast, took it to dealer spent 1400 in repairs the biggest was trans range sensor,timing belt, serpentine belt 2 tires,tune up, oil change,etc, not satisfied , after repairs cold start has car knocking was not doing that before service work. Dealer wants to keep it to check it out, used mile markers on highway for every 1 mile I got 2.3 miles how can this be. I need help.

Decent car for the money

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Vehicle: 2007 Suzuki Forenza 4dr Sedan w/Popular Package (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

i bought this car new in 2007 to use as a work car. it currently has 128,000 miles on it. the car is made a bit cheap but you get what you pay for. for under 10 grand new it was a great buy. the only problems i had aside from basic maintenance is the interior door handles break easily but they are only 4 bucks to buy from a dealer and it takes 15 minutes to put it on. it does seep oil out of the valve cover but again very easy and cheap to fix. this is a picky car, but just like any car if you don't do the routine maintenance things will go wrong. in short, the car is now 5 years old, still runs great and gets the same 32 MPG it did when i bought it.

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Gas Mileage


  • 19
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  • 28
  • highway
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