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Selected Style FWD 4-Door I4 XE
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $22,116 $23,280
FWD 4-Door V6 XR 17 24 $24,716 $26,435
FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 17 24 $27,054 $28,935
AWD 4-Door V6 XE 16 23 $24,657 $25,955
AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $26,586 $28,435
AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 23 $28,924 $30,935
FWD 4-Door I4 XR 19 26 $23,744 $25,395
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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
$22,116
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,280
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$388 / month
$333 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout. 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 19 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 52.6 52.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 107.6
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.2 41.6
Second Hip Room (in) 52.9 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.0 56.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in) 40.7 43.1
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 70.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.4 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.8 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 180.1 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in) 67.0 65.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 106.6 103
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 29.2 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 56.4 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) - TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 37.5
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x 1.14 11.7 x - TBD -
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) 11.9 x .78 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19 16.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.46 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 37.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.5 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0 34.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code QKG NA
Front Tire Size P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size T155/90D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code QKG NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3664 3250
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 4.0 NA
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.0 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 90
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6200 170 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Fuel System MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 161 @ 5100 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code LE5 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.45
Trans Type 4 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.14 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.63 2.06
Trans Order Code MX0-4 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.91 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.96 3.45
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Saturn VUE Subaru Forester (Natl)
Body Style 4 Door SUV 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear 3-Link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6
 
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