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2005 Suzuki Forenza Compact Hatchback Sedan and Wagon

New Car Review of the 2005 Suzuki Forenza Compact Hatchback Sedan and Wagon

Description: Compact Hatchback Sedan and Wagon
Base MSRP Range: $13,449 - $17,449
Invoice Price Range: $12,776 - $16,576
Where built: South Korea

Pininfarina, the Italian design studio that has shaped some of the most beautiful cars in the world, worked out the exterior styling for Suzuki's compact-class car. It emerged in 2004 as a four-door notchback sedan but shows up in the 2005 line with a new five-door wagon variation. Both versions feature FWD orientation with a spacious five-seat passenger compartment filled with comfortable features.

The sole powertrain is a thrifty 4-cylinder engine constructed in Australia by Holden, a subsidiary of General Motors from Down Under. The dual-cam 2.0-liter plant achieves 126-hp and teams with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed-automatic transmission.

In the cabin two contoured bucket seats mount up front on either side of a padded console, while the rear bench, notched with seats for two but space for three, has a seatback that splits and folds in two sections. Three trim levels -- S, LX, EX -- increase the equipment load in stages. All contain standard gear like four-wheel disc brakes, speed-sensitive power steering, heated exterior mirrors, a tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, plus a stereo with CD and eight speakers. Suzuki adds options like a sunroof, ABS and leather upholstery.