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Selected Style 2-Door 102" WB Sport
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 102" WB Sport 17 21 $18,119 $19,880
2-Door 102" WB 4WD Sport 16 20 $20,623 $22,725
4-Door 112" WB XL 17 21 $19,598 $21,560
4-Door 112" WB 4WD XL 16 20 $21,287 $23,480
4-Door 112" WB XLT 17 21 $22,396 $24,740
4-Door 112" WB 4WD XLT 16 20 $24,160 $26,745
4-Door 112" WB Eddie Bauer 15 20 $26,066 $28,910
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Eddie Bauer 15 19 $27,830 $30,915
4-Door 112" WB Limited 15 20 $28,534 $31,715
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Limited 15 19 $30,299 $33,720
4-Door 112" WB AWD XLT 14 18 $24,160 $26,745
4-Door 112" WB AWD Eddie Bauer 14 18 $27,434 $30,465
4-Door 112" WB AWD Limited 14 18 $29,903 $33,270
4-Door Manual NA Pkg AWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual NA Pkg AWD 21 27 $17,454 $18,695
4-Door Manual PA Pkg AWD L 21 27 $18,034 $19,995
4-Door Automatic PA Pkg AWD L 21 26 $18,745 $20,795
4-Door Manual QA Pkg AWD S 21 27 $19,925 $22,195
4-Door Automatic QA Pkg AWD S 21 26 $20,636 $22,995
4-Door Manual QV Cold Pkg AWD S 21 27 $20,191 $22,495
4-Door Automatic QV Cold Pkg AWD S 21 26 $20,902 $23,295
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,119
$17,454
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,880
$18,695
Monthly Payment Estimate
$331 / month
$312 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type Liftgate -
EPA Classification - 4WD Special Purpose
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.5 33.4
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 39.6
Second Hip Room (in) 43.6 50.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.7 53.5
Second Head Room (in) 39.1 39.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.9 53.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 43.0
Front Hip Room (in) 51.9 51.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 95.1
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 6.7 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.2 68.3
Side Door Opening Width (in) NA -
Overhang, Front (in) 33.9 -
Step Up Height - Side (in) 19.8 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 46.9 42.5
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 29.6 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) 179.6 -
Side Door Opening Height (in) NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 6.7 -
Height, Overall (in) 67.0 62.8
Step Up Height - Front (in) 19.8 -
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 33.7 31.1
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) 44.0 -
Wheelbase (in) 101.7 99.4
Track Width, Front (in) - 58.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7.5
Length, Overall (in) - 175.2
Liftover Height (in) - 21.5
Track Width, Rear (in) - 57.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) NA 34.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 30.7 38.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.6 32.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 41.9 36.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 61.6 66.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 69.4 66.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - TBD - -
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x 1.02 10.7 x 0.94
Brake Type Power Power
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.2 x 0.47 NA
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.5 15.9
Fuel Tank Location Midship -
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.0 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.7 34.7
Steering Type Power Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 15.0 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 37.8 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 19.0
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.4
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front 717 -
Rear Tire Size P235/75R15 205/70SR15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare 717 -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 1843 -
Rear Tire Order Code T7R NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 1843 -
Front Tire Size P235/75R15 205/70SR15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 717 -
Spare Tire Size P235/75R15 205/70SR15
Front Tire Order Code T7R NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1843 -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 165
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1005 NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5100 NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A -
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4700 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 2650 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1766 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2290 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 6,000 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 1935 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3020
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 15 x 6.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.8 6.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts 1425 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 520
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 95 85
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 225 @ 2750 162 @ 4000
Engine Order Code 99X NA
Displacement 4.0L/245 2.5L/150
Engine Oil Cooler NA -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 160 @ 4200 165 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas Flat 4 Cyl
Fuel System SEFI SFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 21
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) 10 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.45
Trans Type 5 5
Trans PTO Access NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.79 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.40 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 2.11
Trans Order Code 44M NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA -
Trans Power Take Off NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Model NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.40 3.55
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.11
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Sport 4 Door
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Subaru Forester
Body Code 102" WB -
Suspension
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 2650 -
Suspension Type - Rear Single-Stage Leaf Strut-Type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.77 0.51
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2650 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 35 32
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating -
Suspension Type - Front Torsion Bar MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.34 0.75
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3200 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 2290 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.27 -
Axle Type - Front Independent SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 35 32
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - w/Parallel Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - w/Lower L-Arm
Frame
Frame Type Single Channel -
Doors
Side Door Type NA -
 
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