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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
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
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) 11.9 x .78 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) 11.7 x 1.14 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19 16.9
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.46 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 37.4
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code QKG NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3664 3250
Wheels
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
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.0 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 356
Engine
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
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6200 170 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 20
Transmission
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
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door SUV 4 Door
Vehicle Name Saturn VUE Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear 3-Link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6
 
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