2008 Suzuki Forenza vs. Its Competition

2008 Suzuki Forenza
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Suzuki Forenza competes in a class where price, features for the money, and running costs are everything.

Of these, the base Elantra and Spectra both come very well equipped; each of these vehicles additionally comes with side-curtain airbags.

The Elantra has a much more composed ride than the Forenza, while the Spectra is a little noisier inside but feels somewhat sportier.

The new, redesigned Lancer starts around $14,000 and doesn’t include a lot of standard features, but it’s much more fun to drive than the Forenza and has the roadholding and poise of a more expensive car.

Finally, there’s also the Dodge Caliber, which starts in a price range that competes with the Forenza but it has a more spacious, versatile interior and hatchback layout.

The Forenza wagon stands out in its class; it’s one of few small wagons left that hasn’t been replaced by a raised-roof crossover vehicle.

2008 Suzuki Forenza 2008 Suzuki Forenza
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2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS2008 Hyundai Elantra
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2008 Kia Spectra 4-door Sedan Auto EX Open Doors2008 Kia Spectra
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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Quick Specs
5.4
The 2008 Suzuki Forenza still offers a lot of features for the money, but its older design lags in performance, refinement, and safety.
7.0
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
7.6
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
6.4
The 2008 Kia Spectra is still a lot of car for the money, but with it’s a bit outclassed by a host of more refined and updated small-car models.
7.8
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is a basic but sporty sedan with some tech features not often offered in this class.
MSRP From    
$14,489$14,965$13,970$12,895$13,990
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactMid-sizeMid-SizeMidsizeCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual4-Door HB SE FWD4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual DE
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4dr SedanHatchback4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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