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Selected Style 2WD 5-Door LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 5-Door LX 20 27 $19,272 $20,700
2WD 5-Door EX 20 27 $21,358 $22,950
2WD 5-Door EX-L 20 27 $23,723 $25,500
2WD 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 20 27 $25,300 $27,200
4WD 5-Door LX 20 26 $20,385 $21,900
4WD 5-Door EX 20 26 $22,471 $24,150
4WD 5-Door EX-L 20 26 $24,836 $26,700
4WD 5-Door w/Navi EX-L 20 26 $26,413 $28,400
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
$19,272
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,700
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$345 / month
$333 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want. 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 20 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.0 55.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 43.1
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 52.9
Second Leg Room (in) 38.5 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.9 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 103.8 107.6
Second Hip Room (in) 54.6 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 56.1
Second Head Room (in) 38.6 40.4
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in) 66.1 65.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.6 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 103.1 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.6 70.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.6 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.3 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 177.9 179.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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) 72.9 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.3 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.8 34.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.96 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.74 Variable
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/65R17 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/65R17 P215/65HR16
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) 3389 3250
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 356
Engine
Fuel System MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 161 @ 4200 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 166 @ 5800 170 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.50 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.79 3.45
Clutch Size (in) NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.08 1.45
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.57 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.00 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61 2.06
Trans Order Code NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style 5 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Honda CR-V Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.79 0.83
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
 
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