Decided to write this up regarding the uniqueness of the 2007 Reno vs. the Forenza models. Somewhat Reno-centric standpoint. Thought some of you might enjoy. It's interesting to see just what options have made it to 2007 for both cars (+ wagon) and which have been decontented. -Ming
Suzuki Reno Review - Reno vs. Forenza - Which Car Suits Your Style?
How Does the Reno stack up against the Forenza and other Hatchbacks?
August 19, 2007
If you've been checking out the Reno you've probably noticed its similarity to its stablemate the Forenza, especially if you've compared interior photos. This is because the Reno and Forenza are essentially the same car, with one sporting a hatchback and one with a traditional sedan trunk (and of course there's the wagon version as well). But if you look beyond the simple differences, you'll find that both cars offer their own appeal, and that appeal is in the details.
As a bit of background, both are built by GM Daewoo in Korea, a subsidiary of General Motors. Suzuki and GM have long had a history of sharing cars (such as the Chevy/Geo Tracker and Metro), and GM Daewoo has even had its share of Suzuki cooperation dating back to the 1980's. In some other markets, the "Reno" and "Forenza" share the same nameplate, such as in Australia where all 3 variants, wagon, hatch and sedan are badged as the Holden "Viva".
As of this writing, Summer of 2007, the Suzuki website still has not listed the details on the 2008 Reno and Forenza models, so the options and pricing I list below are all for the 2007 models.
At first you might notice that the Reno is only $400 cheaper than the Forenza Sedan, which is a slightly larger vehicle (by about 8 inches in length). The Reno pricing starts at $13,599 while the Forenza starts at $13,999.
A few things must be considered however when comparing the Reno to the Forenza. The Reno is not simply a Forenza hatchback with a different face. In addition to the more aerodynamic-looking front end, the basic Reno has fancier projector-style headlamps and a darker interior color scheme than the Forenza with modern-looking charcoal seat and door fabric that looks more targeted to the youth market than the Forenza with its more conservative-looking gray. In some small way the slightly shorter Reno might be seen as more sporty and "tossable", so this fits with the image of one as a family sedan and the other as a hatch for younger people.
Mechanically both cars are pretty much the same with the same engine, transmission and even wheelbase, sharing almost all of the same interior dimensions. This allows the Reno to shine a bit as a hatchback or "5-door" if you prefer, since most 5-doors do not have the kind of roomy rear seat that the Reno shares with its sedan and wagon siblings. The Suzuki SX4 hatchback, for instance, has less room in the rear seat area than the new SX4 "Sport" Sedan.
On the other hand, most hatchbacks the size of the Suzuki Reno (on the outside, at least) do tend to get better fuel economy. If you're expecting a fuel-sipping 5-door, you might be disappointed. At 23/30 MPG with the 2007 model EPA ratings (the old system), the fuel economy is on the low end of average for a hatch in its price range. The rather torquey engine in the Reno seems more suited to a vehicle like the Forenza Wagon in my own garage. The typical sporty 5-door hatchback in the Reno's price range will offer a more free-revving, economical, if less torquey engine. The Reno offers a lot of bang for your buck, however, so you might consider the slight handicap in fuel economy area to be offset by all of the standard features you get in the car and the aforementioned good interior space
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