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The Forenza, like many vehicles, has remote keyless entry, and its functionality is fine. But high-pitched noise heard upon closing is reminiscent of a rodent in pain.
Considering its designation as a compact wagon, Forenza has a good supply of standard features: air conditioning, cruise control, AM/FM/CD (eight speakers), tilt steering wheel with remote stereo controls, 60/40 split folding rear seats, power windows and locks and heated and power mirrors.
The car's one optional feature is its antilock brake system, which adds $500 to suggested retail base price of $16,649. Destination and handling boost price another $545 to $17,694 – a strong argument for consideration among economical buyers.
And finally, while Suzuki may not yet be ready to battle its more well-known competitors on several levels, manufacturer's 7-year, 100,000-mile power train warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance can't be easily dismissed.
Suzuki Forenza Wagon 2005
Safety features -- Driver and front seat passenger side airbags, front seat passenger front airbags; 24-hour roadside assistance.
Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 20 mpg (city), 28 mpg (highway).
Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 3 years/36,000 miles; Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles; Corrosion, 3 years/unlimited miles.
Base price -- $17,694.00
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