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A Value-Packed Punch
2005 Suzuki Forenza LX
By Alain Gayot

In short: A great value premium compact sedan

Okay, so you are not going to set any speed records with the Forenza, and you might not score hot dates based on the car, but you will help your bank account by owning one of these premium compact sedans. Everything here has been kept simple yet well-designed and pleasing to the eye.

The value of this auto is in the amount of standard equipment, such as a cool audio system, a nice set of wheels and tires, power everything and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Of note is the size of the trunk, so despite being a small car, you can wedge five people and their luggage comfortably, and the dashboard reminded us of much pricier European sedans. One irritating detail is the position of the steering-wheel controls for the radio that can get activated accidentally when turning the wheel.

Under the hood is a 16-valve double-overhead cam, in-line four-cylinder engine with a good amount of power-to-weight ratio. With 126 horsepower and 131 lb.-ft. of torque you can get this cruiser moving, but it will get noisy as you approach the redline on your odometer.

All this covered by America's number one warranty. Once again value is the key operative here.

Warranty/Service: Seven-year/100,000 Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty; 24-Hour Roadside Assistance; Warranty Repair Courtesy.

Price as tested: $16,394

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 2.0 liter DOHC, 16-valve I-4 Engine, 126 horsepower @ 5400 RPM

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Safety: Driver/Front Passenger Seat Mounted Side Airbags, Front Passenger Advanced Airbag

Top Speed: n/a

Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds

Braking: Four Wheel Disc Brakes, front-ventilated disc brakes with solid rear disc brakes

Fuel Economy: 22 city/30 highway

Handling: Independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension, Independent dual-link rear suspension

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(Updated 07/10/12 NW)

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