Compare 2012 Jeep Patriot vs 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Jeep Patriot
2012 Subaru Forester
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FWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 23 29 $15,805 $15,995
4WD 4-Door Sport 22 28 $17,450 $17,745
FWD 4-Door Latitude 23 29 $19,132 $19,745
4WD 4-Door Latitude 22 28 $21,956 $22,780
FWD 4-Door Limited 23 29 $22,681 $23,560
4WD 4-Door Limited 22 28 $24,327 $25,330
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4-Door Manual 2.5X
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 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
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 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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.4
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
City
23 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.0 68.3
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 16.9
Steering
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
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R16 P215/65HR16
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
TBC NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 360
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3111 3250
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90
Engine
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
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 23
Transmission
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
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.41 3.33
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 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Jeep Patriot Subaru Forester
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
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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