2008 Suzuki Forenza

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What Changed for 2008:
  • Forenza and Forenza Wagon models

  • Base, Convenience and Popular packages available

  • New chrome door handles

  • Standard tire-pressure-monitoring system

  • Optional automatic transmission

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) optional with Convenience package

  • Front fog lamps and power sunroof standard with Popular package
Suzuki's front-wheel-drive (FWD) Forenza and Forenza Wagon, built in South Korea, first introduced in 2004 and freshened in 2006, return for 2008 as basically carryover models from 2007. They feature a few minor changes, including new chrome door handles and standard fog lamps and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls on the Popular package.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza and Forenza Wagon are available in a base model, Convenience package and Popular package. All include standard 5-speed manual transmission, with 4-speed automatic transmission optional across the board. Also standard on all models are chrome interior door handles; 60/40-split, fold-down rear seatbacks; height-adjustable driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support; 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA playback and auxiliary jack; tire-pressure-monitoring system; adjustable steering column; power windows/locks/mirrors; heated outside mirror; and rear-window defroster. The Convenience package adds variable-speed, intermittent windshield wipers; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; and remote keyless entry with vehicle security system and panic alarm. Popular package tacks on a power sunroof and front fog lamps. The only stand-alone option available across the board is an automatic transmission. ABS is optional with the Convenience package only.

The 2008 Suzuki Forenza and Forenza Wagon both have a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, dual overhead cam (DOHC) 4-cylinder engine that generates 127 hp at 5600 rpm and 131 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. Power is transferred to the front wheels via standard 5-speed manual transmission. An optional 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is available on all models. Four-wheel independent suspension and front-ventilated, 4-wheel disc brakes are standard, although ABS is only available as an option with the Convenience package. EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2008 Forenza and Forenza Wagon with manual transmission is 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway for Forenza and 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway for Forenza Wagon. With automatic transmission, the numbers are 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway (Forenza) and 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway (Forenza Wagon).

Safety features on the 2008 Suzuki Forenza and Forenza Wagon include dual-stage driver and weight-sensing front-passenger air bags; front-seat-mounted side-impact air bags; height-adjustable front safety belts with pre-tensioners; headrests and 3-point safety belts for all five seating positions; rear child seat Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system; rear-door child safety locks; daytime running lights; tire-pressure-monitoring system; and ABS (available with Convenience package only).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Suzuki Forenza and Forenza Wagon both receive a 4-star rating for all seating positions in frontal, side-impact and rollover tests. However, the agency notes a safety concern with the rear-seat side-impact test, stating: \"During the side-impact test, the head of the left rear passenger dummy struck the C-pillar, causing a high head acceleration. Head-impact events resulting in high accelerations have a higher likelihood of serious head trauma.\"

A 6-speaker, AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3/WMA playback and auxiliary input jack and 12-volt accessory sockets are standard in all 2008 Suzuki Forenza and Forenza Wagon models. A power tile-and-slide sunroof is available with the Popular package. Remote keyless entry with vehicle security system and panic alarm is available with Convenience and Popular packages.

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