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Selected Style FWD 4-Door Sport
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 23 29 $15,805 $15,995
FWD 4-Door Latitude 23 29 $19,132 $19,745
FWD 4-Door Limited 23 29 $22,681 $23,560
4WD 4-Door Sport 22 28 $17,450 $17,745
4WD 4-Door Latitude 22 28 $21,956 $22,780
4WD 4-Door Limited 22 28 $24,327 $25,330
4-Door Manual 2.5X
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $19,489 $20,595
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $19,798 $20,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $20,580 $21,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $20,888 $22,095
4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $21,960 $23,295
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,269 $23,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,869 $24,295
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $23,178 $24,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $24,905 $26,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Limited 21 27 $25,214 $26,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,094 $27,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,403 $28,195
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,805
$19,489
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,995
$20,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$267 / month
$343 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Jeep Patriot is a compelling choice for its versatile interior, maneuverability, and strong list of features—with just a bit of weekend-warrior ruggedness—but it's woefully short on refinement or sophistication. The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 55.6
Front Leg Room (in) 40.6 43.1
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 52.9
Second Leg Room (in) 39.4 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 41.0 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.4 107.6
Second Hip Room (in) 51.0 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 56.1
Second Head Room (in) 39.9 40.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 45.1 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 65.5 65.9
Liftover Height (in) 30.7 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 103.7 103.0
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 27.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.2 70.1
Track Width, Front (in) 59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 8.9
Length, Overall (in) 173.8 179.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 23.0 68.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 45.1 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 27.4 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 54.2 33.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 38.0 42.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x 1.4 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 1.0 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.6 16.9
Steering
Steering Type Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.6 34.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code TLB NA
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P205/70R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code TLB NA
Front 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) 100 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 360
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3111 3250
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Compact
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 141 @ 5000 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code ECN NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 158 @ 6400 170 @ 5800
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 21
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.16 2.06
Trans Order Code DD7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.12 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.02 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
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 - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.45
Trans Type 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA -
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.72 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.41 3.33
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name Jeep Patriot Subaru Forester
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 8.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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