Compare 1998 Ford Explorer vs 1998 Subaru Forester

1998 Ford Explorer
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2-Door 102" WB Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 102" WB Sport 17 21 $18,119 $19,880
4-Door 112" WB XL 17 21 $19,598 $21,560
2-Door 102" WB 4WD Sport 16 20 $20,623 $22,725
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 AWD XLT 14 18 $24,160 $26,745
4-Door 112" WB Eddie Bauer 15 20 $26,066 $28,910
4-Door 112" WB AWD Eddie Bauer 14 18 $27,434 $30,465
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 AWD Limited 14 18 $29,903 $33,270
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Limited 15 19 $30,299 $33,720
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4-Door Manual NA Pkg AWD
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 Manual QV Cold Pkg AWD S 21 27 $20,191 $22,495
4-Door Automatic QA Pkg AWD S 21 26 $20,636 $22,995
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 21 mpg
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
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.6
Passenger Capacity
4 5
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
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
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
6.7 -
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
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
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 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
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), On Center
17.0 -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 19.0
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
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
225 @ 2750 162 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
99X NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 21
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.42
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
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
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
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
2650 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Single-Stage Leaf Strut-Type
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- w/Lower L-Arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- w/Parallel Link
Frame
Frame Type
Single Channel -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA -

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