Simple handsome, sculpted lines with a clear Italian influence mark the exterior of the Suzuki Forenza as a car right in style with the latest models. The interior was inviting with soft-touch plastics like the crinkle-leather styled dash-top and round silver-edged air vents. The audio and heat/air conditioning controls were simple to use and felt sturdy. The door panels follow the pattern of smoothly rounded shapes of cloth and soft plastics. The grab handles above the three passenger doors made entry and exit that much easier.
The seats were surprisingly comfortable and were easily adjusted with the large round knobs found on the left-side of the driver's seat pedestal. Handling was light, direct and accurate. The wagon felt zippy, playful and responsive around town. The Forenza Wagon was also fairly quiet on the highway and showed better stability than many its Japanese cousins when pushed at a pace on back-country roads. This was so in spite of the fact that on one back road trip we were carrying a large haul of vegetables and garage sale acquisitions under the pull-out cover that hid our booty when we parked in town.
With seat belts for five, and a standard features list that included automatic transmission, sunroof, alloy wheels, AM/FM/cassette/CD player and a host other usable pieces that are often extras ~ it is easy to see why Suzuki emphasizes the word value in all their advertising. The real kicker was the price, the Forenza is at least a couple of thousand lower than most of its competitors particularly when actual negotiated prices are compared. I had fun with the Forenza, it's simple sturdy car at a rather reasonable price.