Compare 2008 Jeep Patriot vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2008 Jeep Patriot
2009 Subaru Forester
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FWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 23 28 $15,481 $16,485
4WD 4-Door Sport 22 27 $17,074 $18,235
FWD 4-Door Limited 23 28 $19,686 $21,105
4WD 4-Door Limited 22 27 $21,278 $22,855
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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
$15,481
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,485
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$275 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Safe and city-friendly, yet tough enough for weekend camping—and bargain-priced—the 2008 Jeep Patriot has a lot going for it. 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
23 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
51.0 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 56.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 52.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.7 107.6
Second Leg Room (in)
39.6 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
41.0 41.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
173.6 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
45.1 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
64.4 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
30.5 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
27.4 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 70.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
54.2 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
38.0 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.0 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
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.4 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)
11.5 x 1.0 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.6 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.88 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TLB NA
Front Tire Size
P205/70R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TLB NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R16 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3055 3250
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 356
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4400 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
ED3 NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
172 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 2.06
Trans Order Code
DD7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.45
Trans Type
5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.33
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Jeep Patriot Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Stabilizer bar NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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