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Selected Style RWD 4-Door Sport
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $19,787 $21,090
RWD 4-Door Limited 16 22 $23,372 $25,030
4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $21,267 $22,700
4WD 4-Door Limited 15 21 $24,852 $26,640
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
$19,787
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,090
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$352 / month
$333 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Much less of a cute-ute than it used to be, the 2008 Jeep Liberty defines SUV-lites by not being one. 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 16 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 16 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 48.4 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.8 56.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 40.3 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.6 55.6
Front Leg Room (in) 40.8 43.1
Front Hip Room (in) 52.7 52.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.1 107.6
Second Leg Room (in) 38.8 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.4 41.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 9.1 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 176.9 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 44.2 38.4
Height, Overall (in) 70.1 65.9
Liftover Height (in) 33.3 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 106.1 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 35.3 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.4 70.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 64.2 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) 41.7 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 31.5 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 33.9
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.4 x 0.5 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) 11.9 x 1.1 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.5 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.36 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.5 34.4
Steering Type Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.4 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 37.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code TRY NA
Front Tire Size P225/75R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code TRY NA
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P225/75R16 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3897 3250
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 14.0 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 160 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 356
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 235 @ 4000 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code EKG NA
Displacement 3.7L/226 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5200 170 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.61 2.06
Trans Order Code DEH NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.21 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.46 3.45
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.72 1.45
Trans Type 6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain 2-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.06 3.33
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Jeep Liberty Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear Live Axle Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front A-Arms MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
 
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