Although many reviewers consulted at TheCarConnection.com express approval of the 2008 Suzuki Forenza’s basic shape, its interior earns it an average score.
The Forenza's shape was originally styled by the design house Pininfarina. The design is still quite clean and attractive, and wagons have bright roof rails as a functional accent. Cars.com describes the Suzuki Forenza in glowing terms, noting its "fresh front-end styling...gracefully curved roofline and uniquely free-flowing silhouette." These traits are also noted at MyRide.com: "the [Suzuki] Forenza's lines fit well with the modern, long hood/short deck standard...the profile shows a sloping front end, rising gradually to a taller, squared off tail [with] a rounded greenhouse arching sharply over the top...in all, a pleasant, contemporary shape." The tester at Mother Proof reports that the 2008 Suzuki Forenza "has a 'kind of cute' look and a sleek design." Edmunds states that the Suzuki Forenza is "available as a sedan or wagon," and Kelley Blue Book adds that "with sheetmetal styled by Italian design house Pininfarina, both Forenza models have a clean, well-proportioned look punctuated by a crisp shoulder line, crystalline headlamp and taillamp lenses, body-color mirrors and door handles and pronounced fenders."
The interior follows a basic design, but it uses a hodgepodge of mismatched surfaces and hard plastics. There were major revisions of the interior in 2006, and Cars.com reports that the Suzuki 2008 model "is mostly unchanged...the instruments are rimmed with metallic silver accents, and the panel emits a jade-green glow for night driving." ConsumerGuide notes these "gauges are nicely lit," but beyond this, Suzuki 2008 interior decor options are limited, according to Edmunds: "charcoal and silver define the sole color palette in the Forenza's spacious cabin, with that theme appearing on the dash, door panels and seats."