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Selected Style FWD 4-Door XLS
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door XLS 22 28 $19,904 $21,020
FWD 4-Door XLT 22 28 $22,446 $24,045
FWD 4-Door Limited 22 28 $23,884 $25,625
4WD 4-Door XLS 20 26 $21,513 $22,770
4WD 4-Door XLT 20 26 $24,039 $25,795
4WD 4-Door Limited 20 26 $25,476 $27,375
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
$19,904
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,020
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$350 / month
$333 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line Don’t let the 2010 Ford Escape’s boxy, old-school appearance turn you off; the Escape is a solid, fuel-efficient choice for city-dwelling families. 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 22 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 52.9
Second Leg Room (in) 35.6 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.4 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 99.5 107.6
Second Hip Room (in) 49.1 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.6 56.1
Second Head Room (in) 39.2 40.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 43.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 103.1 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 33.5 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.4 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 174.7 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 43.2 38.4
Height, Overall (in) 67.9 65.9
Liftover Height (in) 29.6 27.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 35.0 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 31.4 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 37.9 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 66.7 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 67.2 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) 40.7 42.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 10.0 x 1.65 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x 0.5 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 40.1 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.5 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 34.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/70R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code T53 NA
Front Tire Size P235/70R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code T53 NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3268 3250
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.3 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 90
Engine
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 171 @ 4500 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code 997 NA
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 171 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 20
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.94 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.5 3.45
Clutch Size (in) 8.86 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25 1.45
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.80 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.37 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.94 2.06
Trans Order Code 443 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.13 4.11
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Escape Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 6
 
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