Compare 2009 Jeep Liberty vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Jeep Liberty
2009 Subaru Forester
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RWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Rocky Mountain 16 22 $21,659 $23,015
RWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $21,659 $23,015
4WD 4-Door Rocky Mountain 15 21 $23,155 $24,625
4WD 4-Door Sport 15 21 $23,155 $24,625
RWD 4-Door Limited 16 22 $24,515 $26,120
4WD 4-Door Limited 15 21 $26,012 $27,730
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4-Door Manual X
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 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/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
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 X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,659
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,015
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$384 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Jeep Liberty is a very capable SUV, but one that might not be right for most everyday drivers. 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
City
16 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 27 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
Second Head Room (in)
40.3 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 43.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.1 107.6
Front Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.9
Second Leg Room (in)
38.8 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.4 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
176.9 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
44.2 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
70.6 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)
64.6 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)
31.2 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)
10.2 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)
3869 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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.06
Trans Order Code
DGV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.45
Trans Type
4 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Drivetrain
2-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 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
4 6

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