Compare 2009 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Chevrolet Equinox
2009 Subaru Forester
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FWD 4-Door LS
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
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
FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $27,537 $29,140
FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $27,825 $29,445
AWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $29,422 $31,135
AWD 4-Door Sport 16 24 $29,710 $31,440
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4-Door Manual X
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 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/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
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 X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,977
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,315
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$405 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
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
City
17 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
51.1 52.9
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
28.6 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.5 103
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
Brakes
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Variable power assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.8 3.0
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3660 3250
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
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
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
Displacement
3.4L/209 2.5L/150
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
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
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
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Strut-type MacPherson-type
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6

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