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2004 Suzuki Verona First Drive
Launched into the mainstream, propelled by GM and valueSuzuki Verona Full Overview
When you think of Suzuki, most people conjure images of high-revving motorcycles, berm-hopping dirt bikes, swift outboard motors, or bite-sized sport/utility vehicles commanded by weekend warriors. Now the traditionally recreation-minded company is about to truly enter the mainstream with its first midsize sedan, the Verona.
If you think the Verona looks suspiciously like Daewoo's Leganza (or the Magnus in other parts of the world), you're right. Suzuki is realizing the benefit of its relationship with General Motors by acquiring rights to offer two GM Daewoo-derived vehicles in North America this year. The second vehicle is the Forenza compact sedan. Together, these two machines expand Suzuki's narrow portfolio, promising more traffic and sales for the dealer group, improve customer retention, and establish toe-holds in major vehicle segments. And both tackle their niches armed with attractive pricing and loaded with good stuff.
Rebadged and tweaked for 2004, the South-Korean-built Verona wears modern styling that seems to draw influence from several competitors, making it comfortable and inoffensive -- good things for a newcomer. While its styling isn't remarkable, its high level of amenities is.
Available in S, mid-level LX, and upscale EX trim, the $16,499 entry-level Verona faces four-cylinder, relatively bare bones competition with a 2.5-liter inline-six mated to an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, power operated and heated mirrors, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-way (including lumbar support) adjustable driver's seat, simulated wood trim, and micron-filtered HVAC system. Upgrade to the LX and automatic climate control, alloy wheels, and ABS are added. Opt for the top-line EX and you get a power sunroof, heated leather seats, eight-way power driver's seat, and optional traction control. No matter the trim level, the Verona clearly tips the value equation off the scale, and even includes a seven-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The 155-horsepower DOHC six-cylinder engine is a smooth runner, but it performs as though it has two fewer chambers. Off the line, our EX tester pulled to 60 mph in 11.2-seconds and carried the quarter mile in 17.9-seconds at 78.1 mph. That's 2.7-sec slower to 60 mph, and 1.5 seconds and 6.7 mph worse than the four-cylinder Accord, 1.7 seconds and 0.8 second/3.1 mph slower than a base Camry. With discs at all four corners and ABS assisting, the Verona managed a straight and linear 126-ft. stop from 60 mph, matching the Toyota's numbers and bettering the Honda by three feet.
With its MacPherson strut-front and multi link-rear suspension, this new Suzuki is tuned for ride comfort, easily swallowing road imperfections without jarring its occupants. While that will fit the bill for over 90 percent of owners, those who regularly travel mountain roads will find the ride a bit too soft. Through the slalom, the Verona clocked a 60.1-mph pass -- slightly faster than Accord, but a bit slower than the Camry. We like the speed and weight of the Verona's speed-sensing power steering, but like many of its competitors, it feels rather wooden, and lacking in communication.
For a 20-grand vehicle, the interior materials are of amazing quality, with color, grain, and pattern matching that rivals luxury models. The cabin layout is clean and well executed, however we'd swap center stack placement of the climate control and stereo system -- we continually found ourselves turning up the temperature of the top-mounted HVAC instead of the volume. Seating in front or aft spaces is generous. And with lots of rear head, leg-, and foot room, we wouldn't hesitate taking a family of four on a cross-country trip, especially with the cavernous 13.4-cubic-foot trunk.
No matter which same-sized model you compare with the Verona, it's a standout in the value category. As tested, fully loaded at $20,499 (with optional traction control and destination charges), the Verona looks to be a true bargain. You'd have to shell out $24,300 for a comparably equipped Accord and around $28,839 for a Camry. For those who want midsize transportation at compact prices, the Verona is well worth a test drive.
|2004 Suzuki Verona EX|
|Price as Tested||$20,499|
|Vehicle Layout||Front engine, FWD, 4-door, 5-pass|
|Engine||2.5L/155-hp I-6, DOHC, 4 valves/cyl|
|0-60 mph, sec||11.2|
|Quarter mile, sec @ mph, ft||17.9 @ 78.1|
|Braking, 60-0 mph, ft||126|
|600-ft slalom, mph||60.1|
|On sale in U.S.||Currently|
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New Car Review: 2004 Suzuki Forenza LX
MODEL: Suzuki Forenza LX
ENGINE: 2.0-liter four
HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 126 hp @ 5,600rpm/131 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual
WHEELBASE: 102.4 in.
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT: 178.3 x 66.9 x 57.5 in.
ECONOMY: 22 mpg City/30 mpg Highway
STICKER PRICE: $14,399
You never know what's going to come out of Suzuki these days. Recent models have included the extended-wheelbase Vitara XL-7 and the compact Verona. Both of these belied Suzuki's well-earned reputation for building inexpensive, and cheap, automobiles and SUVs.
So, after recreating its image, Suzuki has returned to its roots with the Forenza. This model began life as a Daewoo, which is now bankrupt. The Verona was a former Daewoo model as well. The combination of GM, which owns parts of both Suzuki and Daewoo, and Suzuki, has created the Forenza, which is assembled by GM Daewoo Automotive Technologies. Confused yet?
At its heart, the Forenza is an inexpensive alternative to other compacts, such as the Focus, Civic and Corolla. Its problem is that it borders on cheap, with a tinny sound to the doors and trunk lid when they're closed, and a general feeling that the bottom line was the main concern all around.
On the plus side, I was impressed with the interior room of the Forenza. It's relatively large and offers good rear seat legroom, for example, to belie its compact label. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was also a plus. While it's buzzy, especially when called upon to do some serious work, it had decent power (126 hp) to get the Forenza moving and keep it out of the way of big trucks.
The engine was connected to a 5-speed manual transmission that helped extract the most performance out of the small engine. One problem I had with the gearbox was that using it was like stirring thick oatmeal. The linkages weren't as precise as I would have liked and I found the wrong gear far too often. I'll admit to not being the best shifter in the world, but I'm not that bad.
In the right gear, though, the combination of engine and gearbox was good. We averaged slightly under 20 mpg in our test, while the Monronie label says the Forenza will average 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway. Our test comprised mostly local driving.
Even with its modest sticker price, the Forenza included a host of power features, including a remote lock/unlock on the key. One feature I liked, but had trouble getting used to, was the "unlock" button on top. Most cars have the "lock" button on top. I always feel unlocking is more important than locking, but I guess it's six of one, a half dozen of the other.
Power outside mirror controls were on the "A" pillar, like some more expensive vehicles. Once you find them, it's a good location, out of the way and convenient at the same time.
Forenza has audio controls and cruise control switches on the steering wheel. The audio controls were good, but I hit the "power" switch way too often, turning the sound off. The cruiser control switches were hard to figure out at first, but worked fine once I moved up the learning curve.
The instrument panel was well-designed and clear. There was no confusing the instruments I needed.
In back, the trunk was a good size. It's rated at 12.4 cubic feet and was big enough for at least one golf bag. It's possible we could have squeezed more bags in there, but we didn't try. The rear seats fold for additional cargo space, although the "hole" between the trunk and rear area is crimped by the seat framing.
As with most compact cars, the ride was rough. Ride quality was slightly better than some compacts, but there was still lean in the corners and bounce on some road surfaces. FOR THE PRICE, the Suzuki Forenza is a good package. It isn't the best compact car out there, but it is one of the least expensive. Fuel economy could be improved with more highway driving, and greater familiarity with the vehicle.
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2004 Suzuki Verona GL
Front Anti-Roll Bar
Front stabilizer bar
Front independent suspension
Power assist rack and pinion steering
Rear Anti-Roll Bar
Rear stabilizer bar
Rear independent suspension
Full size spare tire
Steel wheels with covers
2.5L L6 DOHC 24 valves
4 speed automatic transmission
Driver Vanity Mirror
Illumiated driver vanity mirror
Variable intermittent wipers
Fuel Door Operation
Remote fuel door release
Number of Speakers
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
Rear heater ducts
Rear View Mirror
Day/night rear view mirror
Lighter and ashtray
Steering Wheel Adjustment
Tilt steering wheel
Remote trunk release
Body-color door handles
Exterior Mirror Colour
Body-colour exterior mirrors
Black grille with chrome surround
Heated Exterior Mirrors
Front and rear mud guards
Power Exterior Mirrors
Body-color bodyside mouldings
Cloth door trim
Folding Rear Seats
Rear folding 60/40 split bench
Driver seat height adjuster
Front bucket seats
Luxury Dashboard Trim
Dashboard imitation wood-trim
Number of Cup Holders
4 cup holders
Rear Center Armrest
Rear folding armrest with storage
Water Temperature Gauge
Coolant temperature gauge
Anti-theft alarm system
Driver side front airbag
Passenger side front airbag
Rear Seat Belts
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