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Selected Style FWD 4-Door LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $22,977 $24,315
FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $23,847 $25,235
FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $23,847 $25,235
FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $27,537 $29,140
FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $27,825 $29,445
AWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $24,862 $26,310
AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $25,732 $27,230
AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $25,732 $27,230
AWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $29,422 $31,135
AWD 4-Door Sport 16 24 $29,710 $31,440
4-Door Manual X
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
4-Door Manual PZEV X 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,977
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,315
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$405 / month
$333 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line With mediocre handling and fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t that appealing, but it still offers superior cabin space. It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 40.2 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.9 41.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 51.3 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 56.1
Second Head Room (in) 40.1 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 43.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 106.4 107.6
Front Hip Room (in) 51.1 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.4 70.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.6 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.9 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 188.8 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in) 69.3 65.9
Liftover Height (in) 28.6 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 112.5 103
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 67.1 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 35.7 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 53.25
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.65 x 1.02 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.93 x 0.79 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 19.4 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 41.8 34.4
Steering Type Variable power assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.8 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Size P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code QKG NA
Front Tire Size P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code QKG NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 525 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3660 3250
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.6 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 90
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 185 @ 5200 170 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 210 @ 3800 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code LNJ NA
Displacement 3.4L/209 2.5L/150
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 27
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 5.02 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.98 2.06
Trans Order Code MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.48 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.32 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.58 3.45
Clutch Size (in) NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.95 1.45
Trans Type 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA -
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.78
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Equinox Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear Trailing arm Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front Strut-type MacPherson-type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6
 
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