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Selected Style 2WD DX Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Manual DX 21 26 $14,880 $16,100
2WD Automatic DX 22 26 $15,618 $16,900
2WD Manual EX 21 26 $17,232 $18,650
2WD Automatic EX 22 26 $17,970 $19,450
4WD Automatic DX 21 24 $16,909 $18,300
4WD Automatic EX 21 24 $19,262 $20,850
2WD Manual w/Side Airbags EX 21 26 $17,463 $18,900
2WD Automatic w/Side Airbags EX 22 26 $18,201 $19,700
4WD Manual DX 21 24 $16,172 $17,500
4WD Manual EX 21 24 $18,524 $20,050
4WD Manual w/Side Airbags EX 21 24 $18,754 $20,300
4WD Automatic w/Side Airbags EX 21 24 $19,492 $21,100
4-Door 2.5 X Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door 2.5 Manual X 21 27 $19,044 $20,845
4-Door 2.5 Automatic X 21 27 $19,763 $21,645
4-Door 2.5 Manual XS 21 27 $20,987 $23,095
4-Door 2.5 Automatic XS 21 27 $21,706 $23,895
4-Door 2.5 Manual w/Premium Pkg XS 21 27 $21,883 $24,095
4-Door 2.5 Automatic w/Premium Pkg XS 21 27 $22,602 $24,895
4-Door 2.5 Automatic w/Prem Pkg & Lthr XS 21 27 $23,274 $25,645
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,880
$19,044
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,100
$20,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$268 / month
$347 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 33.7
Front Head Room (in) 43.3 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 103.6 93.5
Second Hip Room (in) 47.6 51.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 53.5
Second Head Room (in) 39.4 39.8
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.2 53.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.0 43.6
Front Hip Room (in) 55.0 51.6
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 68.3
Track Width, Front (in) 62.1 58.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.9 7.5
Length, Overall (in) 166.5 175.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in) 70.4 62.6
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.3 58.5
Wheelbase (in) 101.4 99.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 25.1 32.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 38.7 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 46.0 33.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 66.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 74.6 64.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) N/A NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) N/A N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 37.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x 0.9 10.8 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 9.0 x 1.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 15.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.26 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.9 34.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/70SR16 P215/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/70SR16 P215/60HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact P215/60HR16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 176
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3352 3090
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.6 6.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 45 90
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 160 @ 5500 165 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 161 @ 4500 166 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.45
Trans Type 5 5
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.04 2.06
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.77 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.53 3.45
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Honda Element Subaru Forester
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Lower L-Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.18 0.75
Suspension Type - Rear Compact HD Raised
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone w/Parallel Links
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front Control-Link HD Raised
 
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